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Great Give 2014 – How You Can Help Fayette Students In Need

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Great Give 2014 is the second annual Fayette Chamber Gift Card Drive!

During the season of giving, the chamber invites members and the community to join together to support Fayette County School students who are at risk and in need.  In 2013, the chamber was proud to donate more than $1500 in gift cards to help these students.

WHAT AM I DONATING?

Gift cards in any amount or denomination from local big box stores or bank cards.  Monetary donations will also happily be accepted.

WHO DOES THE GREAT GIVE SUPPORT?
Children At Risk in Education (CARE) is an FCBOE student assistance-based program dedicated to reach out to students who need a helping hand.  Each school in Fayette County has a CARE team comprised of administrators, counselors, staff and teachers who identify and address the needs of students in need of support.  Donations to CARE provide non-traditional item needs to student identified by the CARE team as “at risk” or “in need.”

WHAT WILL MY GIFT CARD DONATION BE USED FOR?
All gift cards or monetary donations will be given directly to the CARE program.  CARE leaders/volunteers will use those donations to purchase specifically identified  items needed by students in the program (all ages and grade levels).

Though some gift items may be purchased, the majority of the donations will be used to purchase non-traditional items such as shoes, socks, underwear, wellness supplies, toiletry items, groceries, clothing, school supplies.

**NO gift card or monetary donation will be given directly to students or their families.  All donations will be used by CARE volunteers to purchase CARE approved items.

WHEN AND WHERE DO I DROP OFF MY DONATION?
Gift cards or monetary donations will be collected at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce through Wednesday, December 10th and specifically at the December B2B Luncheon that day.  CARE Angel Volunteers will be on hand at the December B2B Luncheon to accept chamber donations.   Items purchased by CARE will be distributed to students prior to the December 19th semester break.

WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Contact Paige Muh 770-461-9983, ext. 204    or email paige@FayetteChamber.org

NCR Celebrates 130th Anniversary with Local Service & Volunteerism

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

NCR Corporation  the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, is marking the 130th anniversary of its founding this month. To celebrate this milestone, NCR employees around the world are participating in a new volunteer effort, “130 Hours of Service.”

Led by the NCR Ambassadors, a group of 300 employees in nearly 100 locations, NCR employees are being encouraged to complete volunteer service during a 130-hour period starting on Monday, November 3 and ending on Saturday, November 8. NCR Ambassadors share a passion for NCR and making a difference in their communities. Last year, they organized the “Big Give” in which NCR employees donated nearly 20,000 hours of their time to worthy causes. NCR employees will attempt to surpass this total during “130 Hours of Service.”

Volunteer opportunities are being organized for employees at NCR facilities as well as externally in their local communities. For example, NCR will team with the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta-based home improvement retailer The Home Depot on Tuesday, November 4, to help revitalize Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood near the Georgia Dome. Current Falcons players, alumni and staff will participate alongside NCR employees. The Home Depot will also send volunteers as well as provide supplies for planting and painting.

The employee’s of NCR’s Peachtree City location are excited to participate in volunteer efforts to benefit Fayette County non-profits.  Some of the volunteer work being done each day by local NCR employees during their “130 Hours of Service”  are:

  • Selling cookies at  Great American Cookie Co at The Avenue to benefit the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
  • Stuffing and labeling envelopes with Thanksgiving cards for ALS to distribute.
  • Building a Nature Hike and Picnic Area at The Ridge and cleaning up Line Creek Nature Area for the Southern Conservation Trust
  • Working in the media center at Burch Elementary School.
  • Installing deer fencing around the Organic Farm at Camp Southern Ground.
  • Preparing cases of food/supplies for distribution to various agencies at Midwest Food Bank.
  • Sorting, organizing, preparing donated clothing for children in need at the Bloom Closet. 

2014 Veterans Day Observance Hosted by CAF Dixie Wing

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Nov
8
9:00 am

2012 Veterans Day Scout SaluteOn Saturday, November 8th, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be honored at Peachtree City’s 2014 Veterans Day Observance hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing.   The program will be held during the flying museum’s fourth annual Veterans Day Open House, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  The open house and program is free to the public.

The open house will begin at 9:00 a.m. with tours of the CAF Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility museum and workshop where vintage aircraft are restored and maintained.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions regarding current projects and education exhibits.  A variety of vintage military vehicles and aircraft will be on display, including the CAF Dixie Wing’s World War II-era planes.

It is estimated that over 2.8 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Global War in Terror beginning in 2011, with many servicemen and servicewomen serving multiple tours over the last thirteen years.

Music Alive, Peachtree City’s Official Ambassadors of Song, will perform patriotic songs beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by a program that includes a launch of Dixie Wing aircraft at 11:00 a.m., recognition of local veterans and guest speakers that include Masters of Ceremonies Col Bob Grove USAF, Ret. and Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch.

New to the Veterans Day program is a flyover lead by Dixie Wing warbirds, scheduled for 12:30 p.m..

The CAF Dixie Wing was founded in 1987 as the 83rd chapter of the Commemorative Air Force.  The all-volunteer organization has grown to 250 members that have restored and regularly fly six World War II aircraft.  In addition to participating in over twenty air shows throughout the United States, the Dixie Wing hosts patriotic and educational events, as well as free tours for schools and youth groups.

Previous Peachtree City Veterans Day programs have honored veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War.  Veterans from all eras are encouraged to attend the program.

Veterans Day dates back to 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th Armistice Day to remember the sacrifices of the men and women made during World War I.  After World War II, Armistice Day was expanded to celebrate all veterans.  On June 1, 1954, congress approved replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

The 2014 Peachtree City Veterans Day Observance is hosted as a public service by the CAF Dixie Wing in cooperation with the city of Peachtree City and Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field.   For more info, please contact CAF Dixie Wing Veterans Day Coordinator Mike McGowan, m36462@gmail.com / 678-364-1110.  Website www.dixiewing.org.

The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft in Honor of American Military Aviation.  Based in Midland, Texas, the organization has over 12,000 members and operates a fleet of over 157 vintage aircraft distributed to 83 units located in 25 states.  www.commemorativeairforce.org

Rep. Westmoreland to Be Keynote Speaker at Tyrone Veterans Day Celebration

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The Town of Tyrone invites citizens to their annual Veterans Day celebration on Tuesday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Veteran’s Park in Tyrone, across from the Post Office on Senoia Road.  United State Congressman Lynn Westmoreland will be the Keynote Speaker.

PROGRAM of EVENTS:  Veterans Day Celebration

PTC Seeks Applications for Volunteer Board Positions

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Do you have specific areas of knowledge or areas of interest that would help your community?  Peachtree City is accepting applications for several non-paid volunteer positions on local boards:

  • Recreation & Special Events Advisory Board (three seats and one alternate)
  • Peachtree City Airport Authority (one seat, one alternate)
  • Peachtree City Water & Sewerage Authority (one seat)
  • Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau – (one alternate for Hotel/Motel representative, one seat for Recreation Venue representative)

Applications are available online at www.peachtree-city.org/jobs and are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 28.  With the exception of the CVB’s specific representative qualifications, applicants must have lived in Peachtree City for at least six months.

Early Voting Underway

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Early voting is underway at the Peachtree City Library (201 Willowbend Drive), Tyrone Town Hall (882 Senoia Road) or the Fayette County Elections Office (140 Stonewall Avenue West, Suite 208)  Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., through October 31.

The County Elections Office only will be open for voting on Saturday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  All advance voting ends at 5:00 p.m. on October 31. 

The election will be held on November 4. Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. – 7:00. p.m.

The JOY FM to Provide Thanksgiving Dinner for Families in Need

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The mission of 93.3 The JOY FM is to be a light of hope and joy during the holidays. For nearly five years now, The JOY FM has worked with local businesses and food pantries during the holidays to ensure a Thanksgiving dinner is available for families needing assistance. The help comes in the form of a one-week event called T-Shirts For Turkeys, and it’s coming to Fayette County again!

During T-Shirts For Turkeys listeners and the public will be invited to stop by a participating Chick-Fil-A restaurant during a 2-hour live radio event. Purchase a frozen turkey or bring $10 or more in cash, check or gift card – or what is commonly referred to as a “paper” turkey. Any gift of a turkey, whether frozen or paper, receives The JOY FM t-shirt as a keepsake.

All the food and funds will benefit local food banks serving Fayette County and the surrounding area. The JOY FM will have a live broadcast from most of the events.  Last year more than 12,000 people were fed through The JOY FM T-Shirts for Turkeys campaign.

For more information go to:  www.georgia.thejoyfm.com

EVENT DATES:

Saturday, November 8 – noon-2:00 p.m. @ 1st Franklin Financial in Fayetteville, benefiting the Midwest Food Bank

Monday, November 10 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. @ Chick-fil-A  Starr’s Mill in Peachtree City and Chick-fil-A  Towne Center in Fayetteville, benefiting Real Life Center

Wedensday, November 12 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. @ Chick-fil-A Kedron Village in Peachtree City, benefiting Real Life Center

Fayette County Looking for Artists for 2014 Exhibition

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Saville Studios in conjunction with The Fayette County Public Arts Committee is encouraging artists to show their work at the 2014 exhibition. We have a goal to present artwork for display so that Fayette County may begin to make its mark on the map for the Fine Arts. We look forward to meeting you and viewing your artwork. For a printable application and guidelines, please visit www.SavilleStudios.com.   Download information and artist application here:     2014 Juried Art Show_PR (2)

Meet the People Who Make this County Work – Fayette: Face to Face

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The second annual Fayette Face to Face Event will be held at Fayette County Public Library on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Stop by a meet the county leadership team – all twenty seven departments of the Fayette County Government will be in attendance, along with city departments from the City of Fayetteville, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and the Fayette County School System.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the various departments of county and city governments as well as organizations in Fayette County that provide resources to Fayette citizens.  It is a chance for citizens to network and have discussions to promote sharing resources throughout the community.  There will also be a “Touch a Truck” event in the library parking lot for kids of all ages.

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Fayette County Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Oct
25
6:00 pm

The Fayette County Branch NAACP cordially invites Fayette citizens to the 17th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Saturday, October 25th, 2014.  Reception begins at 6:00 p.m., Dinner is at 7:00 p.m.

The banquet will take place at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Hotel & Conference Center, 201 Aberdeen Parkway, Peachtree City, GA  30269.

Honorary Program Chair is The Honorable Representative Virgil Fludd and the theme this year is “Lift Every Voice and Vote.”

Tickets are $70.oo per person or $700.00 per table.

More information or to purchase tickets 770-719-0806 or 770-856-3271 or at www.fcnaacp.org

Donations to local NAACP branches are not tax deductible.

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