Donation from Richmond Church-sponsored Event to Aid Hurting, Vulnerable Children in Kentucky and Abroad

EastSide Golf

A substantial gift from Eastside Community Church in Richmond, Kentucky, will benefit hurting and vulnerable children in the Bluegrass and beyond. The more than $12,000 raised through Eastside’s 18th annual golf scramble will be split between Sunrise Children’s Services, Kentucky’s oldest child services agency, and a girls’ orphanage in Guatemala. Twenty-nine foursomes took part in the June 11 event.

“Proceeds from this event will support children, both locally and internationally,” noted Dr. Virgil Grant, pastor of Eastside Community Church. Dr. Grant and his brother, Allen, are long-time supporters of Prince of Peace Orphanage for Girls in Guatemala, which this year celebrates a quarter-century of helping homeless and abandoned girls.

Sherry Hendrix, who represents Sunrise with the Tates Creek Baptist Association, has volunteered at the orphanage for several years. She spoke about her experiences in Guatemala and described the orphans’ plight at a pre-event breakfast.

Eastside’s generosity is a true blessing for Sunrise, which faces an unprecedented challenge according to Randy Greene, director of philanthropic initiatives for the agency. “We are providing care for a record number of children statewide – over 1,000 individuals,” he said.

Greene and Hendrix supported the golf event with Sunrise giveaways, including logo cups, pens, hand sanitizers, golf towels and literature.

Sunrise Children’s Services offers Kentucky’s hurting children and families a continuum of Christ-centered care, including therapeutic, residential and foster care programs for abused, abandoned and victimized children throughout the state. Sunrise’s nonprofit ministry began in 1869 — today, it is a fully licensed behavioral health service organization helping change the lives of at-risk children throughout the commonwealth. For more information or to learn how you can help a child in crisis, call 1.800.456.1386.

Jake Pelfrey