Football legend and coach of the new Georgia State University (GSU) football team, Bill Curry, will host a dinner and ceremony that will honor four special individuals at The Night of Champions on May 6. These “champions” will be recognized for their courage in overcoming great odds with the help of Action Ministries, a North Georgia Conference-related agency based in Atlanta.
“These champions have singleness of purpose, they are unselfish, tough and prepared,” said Curry. “They never quit. Never.”
Meet the honorees
* Gail of Atlanta is a recovering alcoholic and former prescription drug addict who is now clean and sober thanks to her hard work at Breakthru House, a residential treatment center in Decatur .
* Ralonda and Anton of Atlanta struggled to make a better life for their children after finding themselves homeless. Through Action Ministries’ Transitional Housing Program, they were able to leave their shelters and find the training they needed for better jobs
* Melissa found a new start for her family through Action Ministries’ Transitional Housing Program in Augusta . She moved her family out of an extended-stay hotel, discovered new job opportunities and cleaned up her family’s finances. She is now the coordinator for the Furniture Bank in Augusta .
Curry will serve as Master of Ceremonies and football champ Bart Starr will be the guest of honor. The Night of Champions will take place at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta. A silent auction featuring trips, restaurant packages, airline tickets and many other items will start at 6 p.m., with the dinner and program following at 7:30.
Action Ministries is headquartered in Atlanta , but has program offices in Athens, Augusta , Decatur , Gainesville and Rome . The programs focus on alleviating hunger, homelessness and addiction by giving families the tools they need to survive and prosper. The organization also offers transitional housing at locations across the north Georgia .
Curry, a native of Atlanta, has played in three Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls while playing for Vince Lombardi and Don Shula.
Starr, from Montgomery , Ala., is known for his record-setting seasons as starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. During his career with the Packers, he guided the team to an unprecedented five NFL titles and two Super Bowl championships, earning Most Valuable Player awards during Super Bowl I and II. He and his wife, Cherry, are co-founders of the 500-acre Rawhide Boys Ranch in Wisconsin, which offers youth training programs for at-risk, court-referred young men.
For more information, call 404-277-3788 or visit www.actionministries.net.
This article recently ran in the April 16th edition of the North Georgia Advocate. For more information about the North Georgia Advocate, or to subscribe, please visit www.ngumc.org/advocate or call 678.533.1376.