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Fowler Family YMCA reopens and relaunches playground campaign

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As the Fowler Family YMCA in Peachtree Corners re-opens their doors, the Y also restarts important fundraising campaigns that were placed on-hold during the Coronavirus crisis.  Fowler Family YMCA had announced in the fall of 2019 they were honoring the legacy of John Manning, one of the city’s most dedicated citizens, through the creation of a new state-of-the-art playground.

The Manning Playground Fundraising campaign reached 75% of their goal by May 2020 securing $150,000 in donations.  While the campaign was halted for a short time during the pandemic, the metro Atlanta YMCA continued to power on working through all of the Y branches to provide food to those in need, childcare services for frontline workers and a senior citizen outreach program for seniors.   

Over the past month, the Y has prepared its facility and staff through new training procedures, removal of equipment and new sanitation policies to safely re-open to the citizens of and around Peachtree Corners.  And while the Manning playground campaign paused meetings and large fundraising efforts, strategic planning and leadership calls continued.

“We are excited to safely welcome back our members and the children into our daycare programs,” said Mark Thornell, Executive Director, Fowler Family YMCA.  “I am proud of the work the YMCA has been doing during the Coronavirus pandemic and will continue to do for our communities.  The Manning playground is something for us all to look forward to as we are on schedule to break ground in the fall.”

The new Manning Playground at the Fowler Family YMCA will incorporate educational and creative-based play structures for all ages.  Landscaping in and around the playground will provide a new park-like setting for families to enjoy.

With only $50,000 left to go to reach the goal, the YMCA would like to ask for the community’s help to close the gap.  Manning’s 12-year-old granddaughter, Caroline, is helping to answer the call. 

John Manning and granddaughter Caroline

Caroline is on her third year of running a children’s summer acting camp in her neighborhood.  This summer, she will donate her profits to the Manning Playground Campaign.  She hopes to have a brick at the playground with “Camp Caroline 2020” on it.  Caroline was featured in the YMCA Playground campaign video to help promote the Manning playground.

“We are blessed with an amazing playground committee who has worked so hard to secure donations to make this dream come true,” said Sarah Manning Locke, playground committee co-chair and Manning’s daughter.  “We are so close to our goal and are having to get creative to see everything to completion due to the Coronavirus uncertainty.  I love that Caroline is on board to pitch in with her Camp Caroline donation.”

The Fowler Family YMCA is hoping others will get creative and pitch in too so the Y can serve children and help them to learn and grow in an environment they may not have access to otherwise. Donations to the playground accepted at ymcaofmetroatlanta.givingfuel.com/john-manning

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Vineyard Johns Creek, Assisted Living & Memory Care Community, Announce Information Center Opening and Recent Hires

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Annette Fields- Executive Director at Vineyard Johns Creek.

Vineyard Johns Creek, an assisted living and memory care community, announced September 23 the opening of their information center for COVID-safe visits. In addition, the community has announced the hiring of two new members to their executive leadership team. The information center is located at 10475 Medlock Bridge Rd STE 410. 

“As we welcome visitors to the Vineyard Johns Creek Information Center, the health and safety of our visitors and employees remains our biggest priority,” said Kevin Suite, President and Chief Operating Officer of Valeo Senior. “We are implementing daily practices and procedures that will help reduce the spread of the COVID-19, have been reviewing daily the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are complying with local, state and federal guidelines.”

From a personnel standpoint, Vineyard Johns Creek is thrilled to announce Annette Fields as Executive Director. With over 10 years of industry experience, she is nationally certified as a Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) and has experience in both social services and education. “I’m dedicated to creating a collaborative atmosphere within which residents, staff and family will thrive and have a sense of belonging and purpose,” said Fields.

Jennifer Farine joins the Vineyard Johns Creek team as Sales Director. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the senior living community in Johns Creek and the surrounding areas. “I’m incredibly excited to be part of the growing Vineyard family, and look forward to providing the highest quality of care to residents and their families,” said Farine.

Vineyard Johns Creek boasts the proprietary T.H.R.I.V.E. residence experience programming framework designed to foster a continued sense of purpose for seniors and will be equipped with industry-leading advanced smart technology throughout the building as a part of parent company Valeo Senior’s focus to evolve the senior living experience. In addition, the community has dementia care certification and assisted living training for all employees that exceeds state standards.

Valeo Senior has two new communities set to open this fall, with four more in the development pipeline for 2020 and another five to commence in 2021 – including Vineyard Johns Creek.

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Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA Relaunches Manning Playground Fundraising Campaign

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Playground rendering courtesy of Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA.

YMCA of Metro Atlanta announced September 18 that it has relaunched the John Manning Playground Fundraising Campaign to raise an additional $25,000 to reach its $200,000 goal for a new state of the art playground for the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA, an initiative introduced in fall 2019 that was halted due to the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic. 

John Manning was a dedicated YMCA volunteer, active church member, respected family and corporate lawyer and Peachtree Corners community member who left a legacy of service and friendship. The new playground will incorporate educational and creative-based play structures for all ages. Landscaping in and around the playground will provide a new park-like setting for families to enjoy. The Y is looking to volunteers, members and business for their support in bringing honor to Manning and his legacy through the new amenity.

“We are excited to safely welcome back our members and children into our daycare programs,” said Mark Thornell, executive director, Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA.  “The Manning playground is something for us all to look forward to as we are on schedule to break ground in the fall.”

A featured donor is Manning’s 12-year-old granddaughter Caroline, who has instructed acting camps for her peers the past three summers to raise money for the playground. Caroline aims to raise enough money to reserve a “Camp Caroline 2020” brick on the park grounds in memory of her grandfather.

“We are blessed with an amazing playground committee who has worked tirelessly to secure donations to make this dream come true,” said Sarah Manning Locke, playground committee co-chair and Manning’s daughter.  “We are so close to our goal and are having to get creative to see everything to completion due to the coronavirus uncertainty.  I love that Caroline is on board to pitch in with her Camp Caroline donation.”

Those interested in donating or purchasing a brick to help pave the way for Y children, can do so on the organization’s website ymcaofmetroatlanta.givingfuel.com/john-manning

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Flood Awareness in Peachtree Corners

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As we approach the tropical storms and hurricane season, the city would like to bring awareness to the various resources provided by the city of Peachtree Corners for floodplain awareness.

Peachtree Corners is bordered by the Chattahoochee River to the north. Additionally, tributaries and streams run throughout the city. Flooding damage can occur due to large rainfall events or when the natural flow of water is redirected.

A wealth of information can be found on the city’s Floodplain Management webpage that pertains to:

• Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) – the only legal document allowed to be used by lenders to write a flood insurance policy.
• Floodway Data – Properties located in or near the floodplain have special regulatory requirements for development. Prior to any building construction, please apply for a building permit
• Special flood-related hazards – such as local drainage problems, areas predicted to be flooded in the future, and erosion
• Approximate Depth of Flooding – information about how deep flood waters can be anticipated on a property can be provided
• Historical flood information – to find out if a property has been flooded in the past or is a repetitive loss
• Wetlands and Natural Conservation Data – areas mapped in the: National Wetlands Inventory, critical habitat by the US Fish and Wildlife Services, areas receiving natural floodplain functions
• Flood Insurance – it is mandatory for a property located in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) to purchase flood insurance

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