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Grady Young Foundation celebrates 10 years

Events to raise money for scholarships

POSTED: March 15, 2013 12:51 a.m.

This weekend, the Grady Young Foundation will hold its annual golf tournament and Scholarship Gala.

The foundation is celebrating its 10th year as a nonprofit with a mission to serve the community, said director Rickey Young.

“The golf tournament is in memory of Chris Mance, the former principal of Gainesville High School” Young said. “We’re coordinating with their foundation. Our hope is that some of the funds we raise will make a substantial contribution to his scholarship fund.”

The father-son fellowship brunch will be on the following morning at Cross Plains Baptist Church.

“The father-son fellowship is where there will be community recognition of the father-son group. It’s the sense that community starts with family, with fathers and sons and the relationships that they have,” Young said, adding, “Women are not excluded, mothers and grandmothers, too, just like dads, grandparents, uncles and all else. But this particular event is geared toward uniting fathers and sons in a community.”

Young spoke to the organization’s outreach thus far.

“We’ve given out so far 118 scholarships that have gone to about 15 to 20 different schools,” he said. “Many of the scholarship recipients go on to receive their degrees.”

He noted that geographically, the foundation has reached beyond Hall County.

“Our influence reaches far because of where people on the board live. Our chairman resides in the (Washington) D.C. area, some board members are in the Savannah area, where many of our relatives live as well,” Young said.

Young is not just Grady Young’s nephew, but “double” nephew, he said. Grady Young and his brother married sisters. Therefore, Rickey Young shares both sides of his family with Grady Young.

“Regardless which reunion we go to, it’s the same family in the same place,” he said.

Young spoke to his uncle’s ethic and values.

“He believed in hard work. He was a Christian man who believed in taking care of his family and taking care of anybody in need,” he said.

Grady Young embodied the foundation’s stated mission, his nephew said, which is to “provide spiritual and financial support to the communities of Gainesville-Hall County and other related communities, by enhancing the communities through scholarship, training and research programs, collaborative work, leadership training and community service, in an effort to contribute to the advancement of society,” the foundation’s website reads.
“I’m just proud to be a part of carrying on the legacy,” Young added.

Registration for the golf tournament closed Sunday, and the sooner one can RSVP to the Scholarship Gala on Saturday night the better, he said, but later registrants are welcome.

“Well, there was a cut-off date for RSVP, but we don’t turn anyone away,” he said. “If they want to, they can just reply to the foundation email so we can get a good count about what we’re going to get.”


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