Editor, Webster’s defines success as the satisfactory completion of something. The board of directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. defines that successful something as the community coming together to support the third annual Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-a-Thon — and what a success it was.
We would like to thank those who walked, those who made donations and those who did both. Special thanks to the world’s greatest mayor, the Honorable Clemontine Washington, for serving as grand marshal. Special thanks to our platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors: Paul Krebs Construction, Fussell Bonding, Carroll and Karl Riles of Riles Tax Service, Sylvia Carter, Jones Osteen and Jones Law Firm, Clay Sikes, Shirley Osgood, Ray Richard, Mark Zachary, Sara Swida, David Jones, Pete and Vivian Gilliard, Felecia Holmes, Rickey and Kim Gilliard, Danita and Eric Townsend, Maxine Perkins, Yvonne Akins, Kelly Davis, Bryant and Victoria Gilliard, Sanford Carter Jr., Melvin and Irma Bowser, Roslyn White, Michelle Goldman, Valarie Merritt, James and Johnetta Reid, Eric King, Charles Shuman, Carolyn Morris, Faye Baker, Valarie Frasier, Louise Kelly, Elisa Speranza, John D. McIver, Jerome Nicky Smith, 40-40 Platinum Club, Frednell Walthour, OMI-Sanitation Department, Robert Robbins, Edgar M. Edwards, Brenda Milsap, Diana Reid, Joey Brown, Cassundra Thornton, Teresa Stewart, Pearlie Dawson, Marquerite West and Media on the Move, Roberta R. Johnson, Jerimiah Thomas, Sondra Anderson, Melissa Carter-Ray and State Farm Insurance, Suzette Simpson, Shane Smith and the South Georgia Kings, Kenny Howard, Joe Caligiure, April Whitaker, Ernie Walthour and the Coastal Crew Rebels, and Shawntell Greene and Grow A Girl Network.
Thanks to our friends from the world of politics: Liberty County Coroner Reggie Pierce, Hinesville City Councilman Keith Jenkins, Liberty County Commissioner Pat Bowen, Walthourville City Councilwoman Luciria Lovette, Hinesville Mayor Pro Tem Charles Frasier, Hinesville City Councilman David Anderson, Liberty County Commissioner Justin Frasier, Probate Judge Nancy Aspinwall, Riceboro Mayor Bill Austin, Riceboro City Councilman Chris Stacy, Liberty County School board members Harold Woods and Carolyn Carter, State Solicitor Jeff Osteen, and Liberty County Clerk of Courts Barry Wilkes. Thanks to Pastor Sinclair L. Thorne, the Rev. Cecil Rock, Deacon Warner McCray, Deacon Walter Taylor, Deacon Dennis Kennedy, Deacon Arthur Curry, Evangelist Timmolyn Harvey, Sister Deloise Thorne and the entire First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Family for their continued/guaranteed support. Thanks to members of Full Gospel Tabernacle, and a very special thank you to Pastor Richard Hayes of New Day Community Church for the opening prayer.
Thanks to family and friends from as far away as California, Colorado, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Atlanta; The Martin family of Savannah, the Willie and Annie Mae King family of Camilla. Thanks to family and friends right here in this great community, especially Mr. and Mrs. Henry Baker Sr., Edith Anderson Ministries, the Rev. Henry Frasier Sr., and the Earnestine Taylor and Horace Bacon families. Special thanks to the 2013 scholarship recipients Donnie Pullium, Margaret Turner, Aliyah McMillian and Shaunquell Sapp for participating. And finally, I want to thank the home team from Azalea Street, in particular Rickey Fabian. The AZ is home to decent, hard-working, salt-of-the-earth taxpaying citizens … we got your backs because we know you got ours.
At Seven Ministries, our motto is “We Give Where We Live,” and as a true ministry of giving, this fundraiser helps to make it all possible.
May God bless each of you and the community our prayer.
President/CEO, Seven Ministries