Gala helps raise money for Bibb County children living in poverty

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – More than a third of Bibb County’s children live below the poverty level.  A Macon group is doing all it can to change that.

The Pleasant Hill Community Development Corporation held its first annual S.E.E.K. Gala Sunday night at the Macon Marriott City Center.  S.E.E.K. stands for “Services to Enable and Empower Kids.”

Attendees included Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert and the event’s guest speaker, Dr. C. Milton Grannum.  Donations were accepted for the cause and a silent auction was also held, featuring items ranging from jewelry to gift certificates.

“All parents may not be the best wiz in English, Literature or other things that children need to be successful today,” Debra Thomas, mistress of ceremonies said.  “That’s where organizations like the Pleasant Hill Community Development Corporation comes in.”

“We have an awesome after school program of over 80 children,” Jason McClendon, executive director of PHCDC says.  “We have several on waiting lists–two schools waiting for us to bring services to them, but what we are lacking is, we’re lacking the money that it’s going to take.”

This was the group’s first fundraiser.  Their ultimate goal is to raise $500,000.

To donate to the cause, click here.

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