More than 100 golfers and 41 sponsors joined Consumer Investigator, Dale Cardwell, at Chateau Elan to enjoy a day of golf while helping children in need. This year’s Golf Fore Kids tournament raised $42,605 to support the abused and abandoned children who now live safely at Christian City Children’s Village, located in south metro Atlanta.

“We are grateful for the strong show of support for our children,” said Christian City President and CEO, Len Romano. “Individuals, churches, foundations and businesses provide financial support that helps us fulfill our promise to provide life-changing hope through faith, community and care. In fact, philanthropy sustains the Children’s Village operating budget of $3.5 million per year, which includes our 24/7 Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth,” Romano said.

Statistics show that timely help for runaways is critical. 30% of runaway children are lured into sex trafficking in their first 48 hours on the street. “Our staff and volunteers help identify, recover and restore children who have run away from home or have been forced from their home,” said LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer.

Working with QT gas stations, fire departments and school systems across metro Atlanta, Christian City Children’s Village provides a safe haven for children who may otherwise become victims of human trafficking. “Dale Cardwell and all who supported our golf tournament are changing the lives of children, providing them with hope, and helping to break the cycle of generational poverty,” Landrum said.

First place in the tournament went to Mike Sorrow, Allen Queen, Mike Schisler and Bob Dixon, Southwest Christian Care’s team. Placing second was Chris Foster and Larry Minogue, sponsored by A Hand to Hold, and David Sweeting and David Gay, sponsored by Arbor-Nomics. Third place went to Mister Sparky’s team, Richard Spooner, Gerald Talbot and James (Jimbo) Bailey. First Christian Church of Stockbridge once again won the “Church Challenge” with John Clabby, Joel Johnson, George Whitley and Dean Cowan taking home the trophy for 2017.