Chairing this helps needy kids

Tue, 12/02/2008 - 3:41pm
By: Ben Nelms

Chairing this helps needy kids

The “Chair-ity” event fund-raiser Monday to benefit the Children’s Village at Christian City had The Hollingsworth House in Fayetteville filled to the brim.

It was designed to benefit abandoned and abused children this Christmas who found a home at the Children’s Village. Located on Lester Road just inside south Fulton County, Christian City has offered support for people, young and old, spanning more than four decades. It is a living mission.

Monday’s event featured a silent auction for hand-painted chairs by local artisans such as Vicki Turner, Patsy Gullet, Miles Davis and Cressida Chance. The volunteer-driven event was underwritten by more than 50 local businesses, said Christian City Director of Public Relations Heidi Becker.

Becker said The Hollingsworth House “Chair-ity” event was remarkable in every way. “We could not be more grateful to Hollingsworth House owners, Craig and Belinda Fitch, all the hosts, artists, musical talent, photographer and the hard-working volunteer committee that made the night a success,” Becker said.

“The children who live in the cottages at the Children’s Village will be blessed this Christmas season by this tremendous community outpour,” she said. “We were very touched by the generosity of all those who attended and by Congressman Lynn Westmoreland who was unable to attend but sent a heartfelt letter expressing how Christian City has touched his family’s life,” Becker said.

The event was attended by business and community leaders, local and state elected officials and those with an appreciation of the detailed art on display.

A ministry in action, Christian City’s services to children include The Children’s Village residential program, the Atlanta Foster Care program and a Transitional Living Program. Services to seniors includes The Sparks Inn Assisted Living center, Independent Living and Atlanta HUD Housing and the Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

Becker said Christian City has been home to more than 1,000 children since opening the first cottage on Valentine’s Day in 1965. For more information on the efforts of Christian City, visit

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