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Random Acts of Kindness: Maretta Whibbey

Random Acts of Kindness: Maretta Whibbey

DECATUR, Ga. -- Today's Random Act of Kindness is for a special woman nominated by her best friend.

Maretta Whibbey is an amazing woman, mother, and friend. She works full-time to support her two teenagers, and is also raising her niece. She's fallen on some hard time lately, and could really use a hand.

Thanks to a tip from her friend, 11Alive was able to surprise her with some help.

Volunteer cleanup efforts save thousands for DeKalb County

Volunteer cleanup efforts save thousands for DeKalb County

DECATUR, Ga. -- Keep DeKalb Beautiful volunteers helped save over $4,300 in labor costs for DeKalb County by working the Great American Cleanup. 

A DeKalb official said that some 70 volunteer groups helped this spring to clean more than 400 miles of space in DeKalb's neighborhoods. Together, they worked 197 hours and gathered almost 29,000 pounds of trash. 

To get involved, or to request resources in order to help complete community projects, contact Keep DeKalb Beautiful at (404) 371-2654.

Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual  JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

ATLANTA (June 14, 2013) – Join Chef Ford Fry as he hosts the fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival on Sunday, July 21 from 1-5 p.m. This year, more than 40 of the South’s top chefs along with 15 skilled mixologists and over 30 farmers are teaming up to create the tastiest tomato concoctions and to help raise money for Georgia Organics.

“Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival is absolutely one of my favorite events,” says Ford Fry, owner/chef of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246 and The Optimist. “I love seeing the creativity of all the participants and I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s crop of talent comes up with,” he adds.

Tickets are now on sale for $55 per person and $50 for Georgia Organics members and can be purchased online through Xorbia. Starting Monday, July 1, all ticket prices will increase to $70 per person. A total of 1,400 tickets are available for attendees. Last year’s festival brought in close to $26,000 for Georgia Organics.

Random Acts of Kindness: Laurie McClennan

Random Acts of Kindness: Laurie McClennan

DECATUR, Ga. -- Today's Random Act of Kindness is for a special woman going through a hard time. 

Laurie McClennan was diagnosed with cancer last year. When she found out, friends and co-workers stepped in to collect donations, host fundraisers and help Laurie in any way they could. 

Her friend Runita is always thinking of her, and making sure Laurie knows she is not alone. Thanks to a tip from Runita, 11Alive was able to step in and give Laurie a little help.

Stan Watson hosts DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast

Stan Watson hosts DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Commissioner Stan Watson's DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday at Chapel Hill Middle School.

The breakfast will run from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. For May, several guests are attending, including MARTA CEO and GM Keith Parker, Chief Cedric Alexander of the DCPD, Delores Crowell, Regional Manager of External Affairs for AT&T, and Debra Moss, Manager and Customer Relations of the Atlanta Gas Light Company. 

The Black Top Circus will also give a special performance. 

Chapel Hill Middle is located at 3535 Dogwood Farms Road in Decatur. 

Commissioner Watson holds the breakfasts to join officials and the community. The breakfast is free to attend and open to the public. 

DeKalb CEO, Board of Commissioners kick off National County Government Month

DECATUR, Ga – DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announces DeKalb County will join the National Association of Counties (NACo), along with counties across America, in celebrating National County Government Month (NCGM) this April. The month-long celebration aims to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. This year’s theme is “Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities”.

Since 1991, NACo has encouraged counties across the country to actively promote county government programs and services. To commemorate NCGM, events geared toward citizens and employees will take place at venues around the county.

Improving your golf game could change a child's life

Improving your golf game could change a child's life

ATLANTA -- You can help a child recover from abuse and neglect, just by playing a round of golf.

Camp Horizon, a non-profit organization, is holding a golf tournament to benefit children who are in foster care, recovering from abuse.

The Hope on the Horizon golf tournament takes place at the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw Monday, Apr. 22 at 10 a.m. There is an entry fee of $125 per player, or $500 per foursome. Participants need to register by Apr. 8.

Organizers say the round of golf will make a big difference. Camp Horizon leaders say 40,000 children in Georgia are victims of abuse; every 13 minutes, a child is victimized. And children who are harmed are six times more likely to continue the cycle of abuse.