Six well-known Atlantans were recognized at the annual benefit dinner for the Day1 radio program (formerly called The Protestant Hour), a ministry of the Alliance for Christian Media. The event, Tuesday evening, March 24, at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead, drew more than 200 people.
Dr. Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, spoke of the importance of Day1 as the voice of the mainline churches in the media today. He also announced the launch of a $1 million fundraising campaign to restore the enormous Protestant Hour media archives from 1945-1996 and make these resources available online.
WSB-TV news anchor John Pruitt was the emcee for the evening. He introduced six leaders in Atlanta who are well known for their commitment to the good of the community, but who may have not been recognized for their deep commitment to their church and the religious community. One representative from each of Day1’s participating denominations was recognized.
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This year's honorees were:
· Ann Cramer, Director of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for IBM North America (Episcopal Church).
· Bill Curry, Head Football Coach, Georgia State University (United Methodist Church).
· Mrs. J. Erskine (Gay) Love, Chair of the Board, Printpack (Presbyterian Church USA).
· Betty and Jean Mori, Owners of Mori Luggage & Gifts (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).
· Spurgeon Richardson, recently retired president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship).
· Alexis Scott, Publisher and CEO, The Atlanta Daily World (United Church of Christ).
Also participating in the program were the Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer; the Rev. Dr. William L. Self, Johns Creek Baptist Church; and the Rev. Canon Louis C. Schueddig, president of the Alliance for Christian Media.
Left to right: Jean and Betty Mori, Gay Love, Alexis Scott, Spurgeon Richardson, Bill Curry, and Ann Cramer.