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June 18, 2014

Tift commissioners recognized with COH Award

TIFTON — The Tift County Board of Commissioners was recently awarded the 2014 Champions of Hope Award, given by Ruth's Cottage and The Patticake House.

The award was presented to Chairman Grady Thompson and County Manager Jim Carter as a token of appreciation for the county's support and tremendous gifts to the organizations.

According to information provided by Nancy Bryan, executive director of Ruth’s Cottage and The Patticake House, the first COH Award was issued in 2007 to the Ricky Justice family for five years of dedication to Ruth’s Cottage and The Patticake House through their work establishing and maintaining the COH Sporting Clays Tournament. The 12th annual Sporting Clays Tournament was held in May.

Subsequent honorees of the COH Award have been Bowen, Phillips & Carmichael, now Carr, Riggs and Ingram LLC; Ashley Johnson of Ashley’s Business Solutions; Tift Regional Medical Center; Georgia State Patrol; The Tifton Exchange Club; and last year’s winner, Chicago’s Pizza/ Roy Funk Family.

The Tift County Board of Commissioners was recognized by Ruth's Cottage and The Patticake House for providing services and support beyond measure to support their domestic violence shelter facility. The organizations say that without the county's support, their shelter would not exist and the hundreds of domestic abuse victims and their children who have found refuge at Ruth’s Cottage would have had few options for their safety.

Over the last 12 years, the Tift County Board of Commissioners has responded to numerous requests that enabled Ruth's Cottage and The Patticake House to continue to serve the victims of their Judicial Circuit. In addition, they have supported them financially through the 5 percent funds allotted to the county for those who serve victims of crime.

Bryan said the annual Sporting Clays Tournament has netted their organization more than $30,000 this year.

"We had 150 shooters and more than 75 volunteers to make it a huge success," she said. "The event venue was Green Lakes Hunting and Fishing Club in Irwin County. The owner, Allen Green, donates his facility to us and also donated a large prize for the event and bought/cooked all of the BBQ for us. Second year in a row. Great guy."

All proceeds from the event are used to benefit Ruth’s Cottage and The Patticake House by providing services for those suffering from domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. For more information about domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault prevention or how to become a volunteer, call Ruth’s Cottage at 387-9697 or The Patticake House at 382-4141.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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