Day1 benefit honors Atlanta community leaders of faith


   The Day1 ministry will hold its fifth annual benefit banquet on Tues., March 19, at the Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta at 6:30 p.m. The event will honor leaders in the Atlanta area who are well known for their commitment to their communities, but who may not have been recognized for their commitment to their churches. The event supports the radio and internet ministry Day1 (formerly the Protestant Hour).
   Representatives from each of the participating denominations on Day1 will be recognized. This year's honorees will be:
     Cooperative Baptist Fellowship: The Rev. Dr. R. D. Spear, Jr., Chaplain and Vice President, Cecil B. Day Foundation, Dunwoody Baptist Church
Episcopal Church: Winifred Davis, Community Volunteer and Tread Davis, Senior Counsel, McKenna, Long & Aldridge, All Saints’ Episcopal Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church: The Honorable Dorothy Toth Beasley, Senior Judge, State of Georgia & Mediator and Arbitrator at Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service, Inc., Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
Presbyterian Church: Florida Ellis, Community Volunteer and Doug Ellis, Former CEO, Southern Mills, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
United Church of Christ: Douglas R. Hooker, P.E., Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission, First Congregational Church UCC
United Methodist Church: Lillian Darden, Retired President and CEO, the Foundation of Wesley Woods and Buddy Darden, Senior Counsel, McKenna, Long & Aldridge, Marietta First United Methodist Church
    Tickets for the event are $175 per person. Visit or call Rebecca Kurziak at 404-418-6772 to make your reservation.
    Day1, produced and hosted by Peter Wallace, is distributed nationally to over 200 stations each week, including NewsTalk WSB in the Atlanta area (AM 750 and 95.5 FM, Sundays at 7:05 a.m.). It is also accessible by podcast at The award-winning program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media in association with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church.
        Day1 began in 1945 when leaders of several major denominations and church-related colleges and seminaries came together with the goal of spreading the good news through radio. Every week since then, the program has presented compelling sermons from outstanding preachers from across America, bringing faith and hope to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. For more information, visit