Phoebe Putney Health System - News Release
Marcus Johnson, Regional Marketing Manager
Americus, GA (June 12, 2014) -- More than 25 community male leaders took part in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center's Annual Ties That Bind event that was held last Thursday at the Rees Park Economic Development Center in Americus.
"The Ties That Bind is a luncheon that was designed to coincide with Men's Health Week (June 9 - 15) and Father's Day (June 15) and pair local male leaders with local male youths from the community,” said Marcus Johnson, Regional Marketing Manager for Phoebe. "Some of these youths do not have father figures in their lives, and the luncheon allowed us to pair a community leader with a child. The leader not only taught the child how to tie a tie, but they also got a chance to eat lunch and talk to them as well. We started having this ceremony in 2011 and once again it was a very successful event and everyone who came out had a great time."
Johnson served as emcee of the event, and Phoebe Sumter Board Chair Brad Lafevers thanked everyone for attending and gave an update on the happenings at Phoebe Sumter. He also encouraged the young males to visit the hospital for a tour and think about a career in the medical field upon graduation. Brittany Dawson, Executive Director for Learning for Everyone, Inc., spoke about the local mentor program and encouraged the community leaders to consider being a mentor to the local youth for the upcoming school year. Words of inspiration were also given by Barry Blount, Mayor of Americus; Mike Cheokas, Representative of 138th District and Kenneth Cutts, District Director for Congressman Sanford Bishop, 2nd District.
"We can't thank all of our community leaders enough for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and support this event," said Johnson. "Our kids were able to see men of all professions at one time and they were there just for them, and that is something that they will remember. Our kids are that important and we want to do everything we can to support them as they become the future leaders of our community.".