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Scholarship weekend raises funds to help youth
Charles G. Young

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Faith, family and golf were all part of a weekend full of hope for future college students as the Grady Young Foundation looks toward celebrating a new crop of scholarship recipients this spring.

Charles G. Young, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors, called this weekend’s 11th annual Memorial Scholarship Weekend the “major” fundraiser of the year.

To date, the foundation has awarded 127 scholarships, including 33 to Gainesville High School students and 15 to East Hall High School students. Young said this weekend would help the foundation go beyond 135 scholarships awarded in its 11-year history.

The foundation is named after Charles Young’s father, Grady Young, a lifetime Hall County resident.

It helps provide spiritual and financial support for those who don’t have the opportunity to pursue higher education, Young said. That stems from his father being very involved in the community, saying he just wanted to continue the service his father started.

“This was a big weekend for the foundation,” he said. “All the students that had applied for scholarships, this was the weekend that they needed to be prepared for being interviewed for the scholarships.”

The weekend started with a golf tournament on Friday at Reunion Golf Club. Young said the tournament helps bring the community out and provides an opportunity for fellowship.

A father-son fellowship brunch at Poplar Hills Baptist Church in Buford was also part of the itinerary. Buford football coach Jess Simpson, his staff and players were honored there with the organization/group award.

“The father-son fellowship brunch has brought a number of fathers, sons, grandsons, uncles and nephews out,” Young said. “It is a good community outreach.”

The Increasing Faith Scholarship Gala on Saturday night at the Gainesville Civic Center recognized churches and their leaders for supporting the foundation through the years.

“We’re just grateful to God and overjoyed for the support we have received from businesses, individuals, as well as groups and organizations, especially the churches,” Young said. “That’s why we decided we would honor them on Saturday night for what they have given to the foundation.”

The festivities wrapped up Sunday with a special service at Cross Plains Missionary Baptist Church.

“This weekend was very important,” said the Rev. Larry M. Devers. He and the church were honored Saturday night at the gala.

“The foundation started at our church. Therefore, we are totally involved with it. We support it all the way. ... I think (the foundation) helps our young people to stay in school and stay involved, because it allows them opportunities for scholarships. It helps them to go further.

“We love to be a part of it. This event only happens once a year, but it goes on all year long because we are trying to help people year-round.”

Young added the foundation is “overjoyed” when students who have received scholarships graduate from their college or other higher education.