Dine Out at 5 Decatur Restaurants Next Tuesday To Help Fund Type 1 Diabetes Research

Kelly writes in with the details…

Next Tuesday, World Diabetes Day, five Decatur restaurants are joining the fight against Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), a non-curable, autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone necessary to converting food into energy the body needs.
Leon’s, The Brick Store, No. 246, The Imperial and Sushi Avenue will be donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research, on behalf of Charlie’s Angels.
Charlie Thompson is in second grade at Westchester Elementary and has been living with T1D for almost five years. His fundraising team, Charlie’s Angels, works to raise money for JDRF and awareness about T1D. To date, Westchester and the Decatur community have helped Charlie’s Angels raise more than $35,000 for T1D research.

Rock 4 Relief Benefit Concert Tonight at Avondale Towne Cinema!

Sean sends along the details about tonight’s benefit concert Rock 4 Relief at Avondale Town Cinema.  Tickets HERE!

 In the last 2 months, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have destroyed many homes and uprooted many families in Greater Houston, Florida & Puerto Rico.   As with many catastrophic events of this nature, there is an immediate outpouring of support but it quickly dwindles while the victims are faced with months if not years of effort to rebuild their homes and get their lives “back to normal”. Our Goal is to raise $10,000 to specifically help 2 to 3 families that have been identified by Keller Williams Realty through the Heart to Heart Program. 100% of the proceeds will go to these families.

This will be an incredible evening filled with great music, fabulous food, fantastic libations and FUN for all! So, come join us for a Rockin’ Good Time!

Doors Open at 6pm.  Food available for purchase from Big Tex Food Truck. Full Bar available.

Music begins at 6:30 and ends at 10:30

6:30 The Tiger Kings (American roots rock, soul, blues)

7:30 Kitty Rose & The Rattlers (Southern Styled Original Rockabilly & Jump Blues)

8:30 The Dammages (a shake of country, a pinch of blues -all smothered in Rock n’ Roll)

9:30 The Benders (Americana, rustic folk, roots rock)

It takes a village to pull off an event. We’d like to THANK all the Bands for donating their time’ Big Tex for donating the proceeds from the food sales and Avondale Towne Cinema for donating the venue!

We’d also like to THANK our Sponsors!

Double Platinum: The Fryer Law Firm, Shelter Lending Services (Metro Atlanta) & Big Tex

Platinum: (opportunities still available)

Gold: Avondale Towne Cinema, David Barrett

After Property Sale, United Methodist Children’s Home Signs Leases On New Facilities

After selling it’s 77 acre property to the City of Decatur earlier this year, the United Methodist Children’s Home announced in a press release yesterday that they have signed leases on residences, offices and a flea market in nearby Clarkson and Tucker, GA.

According to the UMCH, the sale of the Decatur property will allow them to reach 25% more children and families in the coming year and provide “more modern, safe and appropriate housing” for current and future residents.

“UMCH also signed a lease for new administrative and volunteer office space and UMCH Flea Market at 1967 Lakeside Parkway, Building 400 in Tucker.”, according to the release.

Decatur is planning to hold community-based master planning sessions in the coming months to determine how the expansive UMHC property (MAP) will be used by the city.  The city also secured a low-interest loan to help with the purchase of 22.08 acres of the property, which  “will permanently protect the land for the purpose of conservation and public recreation” according to the city.

Correction: The city’s low-interest loan will protect 22.08 acres of land at the UMCH site, not the entire site, as the post previously stated.

Decatur Community Steps In To Help Out After Tragic Passing of 1-Year Old From Pneumonia

One of the most tragic things happened to a local Decatur family; they lost their one-year old son, Asher Krop, unexpectedly to pneumonia after a week in the hospital.

Family friend Andrea writes in that “In typical Decatur fashion, people want to help however we can. A few people close to the family have established a fund to help defray the cost of funeral expenses and hospital bills that are likely to be very high. They are looking to get the word out to as many people as they can…”

So that’s where the community has already started to help out and can continue to assist.

A Meal Train website has been set up to help the community offset hospital and funeral costs for the family.   Here’s the fundraising’s site’s stated mission…

As we mobilize to help this wonderful family we are hoping to raise some funds to help offset the (yet to be fully known) costs of hospital bills, funeral services, etc., that are likely to be very high. The family is NOT interested in gaining unneeded funds. Any remaining funds will be donated to a charity of their choice in honor of Asher’s life.

Almost $3,000 has already been donated to help the family, with a posted goal of $20,000.

Decaturite In Malawi Goes Sorta Viral Singing Toto’s “Africa” To Raise Funds For CARE

You all know Andisheh, right?

The former Creative Loafing writer, occasional DM contributor, and current Social Strategies Manager at CARE was in Malawi a couple of days back and took this video of himself singing Toto’s “Africa” along the country’s busiest highway.

Why? To raise funds to buy a goat at gifts.care.org.  (He explains it in the video.)

Well the video went a bit viral on Facebook and “It’s raised several thousand dollars and generated many more views than I have Facebook friends.”, according to Andy.

So here we are.  Spreading the viral-ish message a bit further.  If you’re still looking to make a donation this holiday season, watch Andy’s video and maybe buy a goat.  Or a goat and some chickens!

P.S. from Andisheh: “The serious bits of the trip (see hashtag #DreamWithHer on Facebook) are a big hit, too. And Decatur-made. I and Church Street’s-own Kate Crosby are leading this for CARE.”

Fund Established For Family of Decatur Murder Victim

Gerard Foster

A concerned local resident has established a GoFundMe fund to help the family of murder victim Gerald Foster, who was murdered at the Allen Wilson Apartments in Decatur on July 6th.  He left behind a wife, 7 children and two grandchildren, according to his obituary.

Here’s an excerpt from the GoFundMe page

Gerard was married just over a year to an established City of Decatur resident and mother to two CSD students.  During this time of grief for the family this campaign has been created to express condolences, show support and help in a small way to defer costs associated with this tragedy.

Photo courtesy of GoFundMe page

The Task Force for Global Health Plans Purchase and Expansion Into DeKalb’s Clark Harrison Building in Downtown Decatur

Clark Harrison Bldg(1)

The Task Force for Global Health is planning to purchase the DeKalb County Clark Harrison building at 330 West Ponce de Leon Ave from DeKalb County in downtown Decatur.

A recent Champion article noted the sale as part of DeKalb County’s larger plan to move offices to a huge 600,000 square foot complex on Memorial Drive in coming years.  However it didn’t mention who the potential buyer would be.  Well, we need look no further than the Task Force for Global Health’s website to figure out the answer to that question…

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on April 15 to approve the sale of DeKalb County’s facility at 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. for $12 million to The Task Force for Global Health. The vote to approve the sales agreement comes after almost a year-and-a-half of negotiations between The Task Force and the county.

The Task Force, which has 115 employees, has reached capacity at its current headquarters in Decatur. The organization added 20 new positions in 2015 and is expected to add at least 20 more in 2016. Purchase of the building will allow The Task Force to increase the impact of its existing programs and to launch an anticipated initiative in noncommunicable diseases.

The Task Force will continue to negotiate the terms of the agreement with DeKalb County and conduct due diligence over the coming months. The sale is expected to be finalized by the end of 2016. For more about the building’s sale, see the April 20 edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

In addition to working together on the building transaction, The Task Force has been discussing a partnership with DeKalb County on addressing health and healthcare disparities among local residents. “I am excited that the county and city of Decatur are committed to keeping The Task Force in the community,” said Mark Rosenberg, MD, Chief Executive Oficer of The Task Force. “We believe that there are opportunities to apply many of the same values and practices that we use globally–including social justice, global health equity, and collaboration–to work with people here at home.”

Photo courtesy of The Task Force for Global Health