WHO: The Governor’s Office of Faith and Justice Director Tony Lowden will play in the Liberty County Re-Entry Coalition’s annual Charity Golf Tournament Saturday.
Mr. Tony Lowden currently serves as Governor Nathan Deal’s Director of the Faith and Justice Initiative within the Reentry Services Unit of the Department of Community Supervision. He is also the Executive Director of STONE Academy, an after-school enrichment program that serves at-risk children in the Macon-Bibb County area as well as a youth pastor at Lundy Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Lowden earned his B.A. degree in Government and Economics from the University of Southern California and his M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in numerous civic organizations in the Macon-Bibb area, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development Board and the Board of Directors for the Center for Racial Understanding.
WHAT AND WHY: The Charity Golf Tournament is the major fundraiser for the Re-Entry Coalition, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with exoffenders and advocates for successful reentry through innovative and holistic services. The Coalition serves more than 67 returning citizens (ex-offenders) who have been released from prison and live in the community. The Coalition also provides housing supports, business and casual clothing, personal care items, GED preparation, support, and linkages to community based services.
The Reentry Coalition is the only rural GA Prison Reentry Initiative site, designated in 2016 as 1 of only 17 sites. Governor Deal created, by executive order, the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Reentry. The mission of the office, which began work July 1, 2013, is to promote successful offender reentry, reduce recidivism, and ensure that cost savings from justice reforms are reinvested in evidence-based, community-centered services.
WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1 pm shotgun start, Taylor’s Creek Golf Course, Fort Stewart.