Christian City Announces Guest Speaker for 2021 Community Champion Awards

Ambassador Andrew Young will serve as the guest speaker at the 2021 Community Champion Awards honoring an extraordinary group of philanthropic leaders who have dramatically improved the lives of individuals in metro Atlanta and beyond - Dan Cathy in the Individual category, The Home Depot in the Corporate category, and 100 Black Men of Atlanta in the Nonprofit category.

Christian City has announced the guest speaker for the 2021 Community Champion Awards. Ambassador Andrew Young will serve as the guest speaker at the September 28 event honoring an extraordinary group of philanthropic leaders who have dramatically improved the lives of individuals in metro Atlanta and beyond. The Community Champion Awards will pay tribute to Dan Cathy in the Individual category, The Home Depot in the Corporate category and 100 Black Men of Atlanta in the Nonprofit category.

“We are thrilled and blessed to have Ambassador Andrew Young as our guest speaker this year,” said Christian City CEO Keith Horton. “Our honorees and guests will have the privilege of hearing directly from one of the most distinguished leaders of our time.” Before serving as a politician and diplomat, Ambassador Young began his career as a pastor and was an early leader in the civil rights movement and a close confidant to Martin Luther King Jr. He served as a U.S. Congressman from Georgia, United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Carter Administration, and 55th Mayor of Atlanta.

The Community Champion Awards was established by Christian City in 2019 to honor individuals and businesses that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment towards the betterment of our metro Atlanta community. Christian City will recognize each of the 2021 honorees at the gala scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2021. Guests will spend a fun evening at the Georgia Aquarium enjoying great entertainment, delicious food, and the camaraderie of friends. Renowned broadcast journalist, Monica Pearson, will serve as emcee.

Proceeds from the Community Champion Awards will support Christian City Children and Family Programs, which include: Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care and Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway and Homeless Youth Program and Thrive Graduate Transition Program.

“The event provides an opportunity to be inspired by those who have made it their purpose to improve the lives of others in the community,” said host committee co-chair, Miguel Southwell. “We look forward to honoring them for the positive impact they are making in metro Atlanta,” said co-chair, Ron Canakaris.

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About Christian City:
Christian City was established 56 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents, both children and senior adults, living at Christian City in south metro Atlanta. In addition to four Children & Family Programs (Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, and Thrive Graduate Transition Program), the campus includes 500 retirement homes and apartments for active seniors, a 200-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, a 150-bed assisted living center and two memory care units. For more information or to learn how you can help, call 770-703-2636 or visit