By Valerie Baldowski
Shannon Murphy, a co-anchor on radio station STAR 94 FM, will make an appearance in Stockbridge this month to emcee Eagle's Landing Country Club's seventh annual Celestial Ball.
The charity event is scheduled for March 21 at 7 p.m.
According to Karen Greer, the event's co-chairperson and one of about 12 club members volunteering to help plan the ball, musician Michael Tolcher, a Stockbridge native, will perform.
Proceeds from the ball will be divided among four local charities and programs.
The Henry County Board of Education's Autism and Special Needs Program will receive 50 percent of the proceeds. The Shining Light Recovery Home for Women will receive 20 percent, Helping In His Name Ministries Food Pantry will receive 20 percent, and The Pregnancy Resource Center will receive 10 percent.
Greer said the food pantry was chosen as one recipient because demand in the community for non-perishable food items is high and the pantry's employees have trouble keeping the shelves stocked.
The autism program was chosen because the number of autistic children the county's school system serves is increasing, said Greer.
Shining Light Recovery Home for Women, a facility for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, is new to the county, Greer said, and there is no other such facility in Henry.
"It's not government funded," Greer said. "The only way they get funding is through charitable donations."
For more information or reservations, call Anne Belcher at (770) 389-2000.