Day 1 Benefit Honors 2016 Community Leaders of Faith

The Day 1 annual benefit Tuesday, March 15, will honor 11 Atlanta area leaders well known for their commitment to the good of the community and deeply committed to their church and Christian faith. The event supports the Day1 ecumenical radio and internet ministry (formerly known as The Protestant Hour) which has broadcast sermons by outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations for over 70 years.


The Rev. William L. Self will be named the Day1 Pioneer in Christian Ministry, in memoriam. One of the nation's most prominent Baptist ministers, Self was pastor of Wieuca Road Baptist Church for 27 years and of Johns Creek Baptist for 21 years. He died Jan. 9.


Representatives from each of the participating denominations on Day1 will be recognized. This year's honorees are:


Cooperative Baptist Fellowship: Barbara Goldsmith, community volunteer, Jere Goldsmith, retired from Merrill Lynch, members of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church.


The Episcopal Church:
Robert L. Mays, retired from SunTrust Bank, St. Luke's Episcopal Church.


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:  Evelyn Cannon, community volunteer, Bill Cannon, owner of Templeton and Associates, Christ the King Lutheran, Peachtree Corners.


Presbyterian Church (USA): Sally Hauptfuhrer, community volunteer, George Hauptfuhrer, Prime Buchholz & Associates, Northwest Presbyterian Church.


United Church of Christ:  Sonjia Young, Eventions, Inc., Walter Young, Walter F. Young, DDS, First Congregational Church, UCC.


United Methodist Church: Carolyn Newton Curry, Women Alone Together, author, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. 


The event co-chairs are Julie and Tom McAfee and Desiree Pedescleaux and Dwight Andrews.

Emcee for the evening, representing Day 1 flagship station NEWS 95.5 and AM 750 WSB, is general manager Condace Pressley.


Tickets for the event are $200 per person; call Pat Reagan at (404) 418-6772 to make your reservation, or email


Produced and hosted by Peter Wallace, Day1 is distributed nationally to more than 200 stations each week, including WSB in the Atlanta area (AM 750 and 95.5 FM, Sundays at 7:05 a.m.). It is also accessible by podcast at


The award-winning program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media in association with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church.


Day1 began in 1945 when leaders of several major denominations and church-related colleges and seminaries came together with the goal of spreading the good news through radio. Every week since then, the program has presented compelling sermons from outstanding preachers from across America, bringing faith and hope to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. For more information, visit