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Firm donates $5,000 to Center for Family Development

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Celebration 2000 made a $5,000 donation to The Center for Family Development. From left are CFD's Benita Caldwell, Denise Hobbs, executive director of CFD, Grady Cunningham, owner of Celebration 2000, and Amber Hale with Celebration 2000.
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Grady Cunningham, owner of Celebration 2000, and Amber Hale, an employee of Celebration 2000, have donated $5,000 to The Center for Family Development.

This gift will assist the organization in its efforts to hold a Family Nurturing Camp for local families.

"I've always leaned toward helping the little fella," Cunningham said about why he gave his donation to CFD. "My mother died at 28 years old, when I was just 7. My brothers were 3, 5 and 9. So that has always made a lasting impression on me, and I want to help the little ones however I can."

Fulfilling a dream

Cunningham's gift will help the center fulfill its dream of enabling families to have an opportunity to spend a day or even a weekend at a local farm and enjoy fishing, horseback riding, and hiking.

The CFD has held two previous Family Nurturing Camps at Clearview Horse Farm in the past. The first event was a day-long event where the families came together to enjoy a rural setting, where they could fish, hike and enjoy the horses at the local attraction.

The second event featured an overnight trip for families and enabled them to cook on an open fire and enjoy the beautiful bed and breakfast facilities. The next day they were able to enjoy horseback riding,

Future hopes

With generous donations such as the one from Celebration 2000, the CFD will be able to provide more of these types of events.

"During the camp weekend, we witnessed families be able to relax and enjoy being together," Denise Hobbs, CFD executive director, said. "The children were able to do things that they would never have the opportunity to do otherwise.

"We are so grateful for the donation Mr. Cunningham made to our agency. His gift will allow families a valuable tool to learn how to interact with each other as a family unit."