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Childspring International, Atlanta charity continues its mission to help children worldwide

1/31/2014, 9:50 a.m.

ATLANTA – Looking to celebrate its long-time supporters, many of whom reside in the metro Atlanta; Childspring is hosting its 6th Annual Black-Tie Gala Sat., March 29, at The Atlanta History Center.

In addition to a night of entertainment, attendees can expect a world-class dining experience and cocktails, after perusing an extensive silent auction. All of the proceeds from the event will help to fund the 2014 medical projects. The Gala, to be emceed by Brenda Wood, weekday evening news anchor at WXIA, plans to honor a handful of selfless givers by giving awards in the honor of the late Dr. Mark Silverman, the late Dr. Angel Lopez, Dr. George Wirth, and Dr. David T. Watson.

Childspring International has a nation-wide presence and a significant impact internationally, but this children’s medical non-profit calls Atlanta its home.

Corporate sponsorships, charitable giving and volunteers have made Childspring International able to serve 239 children from more than 40 countries in 2012, and in 2013, Childspring was able to help a record 300 children.

Tickets are priced at $150 per person until Feb. 28, and $175 from March 1.

For tickets, contact:

Tonya Nelson

Resource Coordinator, Childspring International

404-228-7744

tonya@childspringintl.org

For information on Gala Sponsorships, contact:

Alison Fussell

Executive Director, Childspring International

404-228-7733

Alison@childspringintl.org

For more information, you can also visit www.childspringintl.org.

Remote testimony for young victims

ATLANTA— State Representative Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta) announced this week the introduction of House Bill 804, legislation which would allow young victims to testify remotely in certain cases of abuse.

HB 804 allows the remote option if testifying before the accused would cause serious physical or emotional distress for the victim.  The measure applies only to youth under the age of 18.  Remote testimonies would be performed via live broadcast and must be approved by the court at least 10 days prior to the trial. 

Co-signers of the bill include State Representatives Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville), LaDawn Jones (D-Atlanta), Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City), and B.J. Pak (R-Lilburn).  The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, Prosecuting Attorney’s Council, and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence have worked closely with these House members on the construction of the bill.

For more information about HB 804, visit http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/804.  

General Motors grants STEM scholarships

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, will accept applications for 2014 scholarships from now through 5 p.m. EST on Fri., Feb. 28.

This is the fourth year the Buick Achiever Scholarships will be awarded to students who excel in the classroom and give back to the community. To be eligible for the program, high school seniors or current undergraduate students must be looking to obtain a college degree in science, technology, engineering, math, also known as STEM, or other eligible fields related to the auto industry.

Students from the United States and Puerto Rico are eligible. To apply for the Buick Achievers Scholarship, or to register for more information, visit www.buickachievers.com.

Public budget meetings in District 3

Decatur – Commissioner Larry Johnson will hold two public information meetings on the County’s 2014 Budget: