New television show puts spotlight on charities

There is a friendly feud going on between some county officials and business leaders, and it's going to be televised. Its participants hope to raise awareness, and funds, for various charities and causes in Henry County.

In a unique effort, county and business leaders are facing off on a local television show modeled after the nationally popular shows "Family Feud," and "Wheel of Fortune."

The show, "Triple Trivia," airs on Southern Crescent Broadcasting (SCB) TV-15, in prime time Monday, at 7:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

Each team appearing on the Triple Trivia game hopes to bring more awareness, and support, to efforts aimed at eradicating issues ranging from domestic violence, to breast cancer.

The director and creator of the game show is James Wojnowski.

" Everyone loves a competition, it's a dream come true," said Michelle Deraney, president and owner of SCB-TV Channel 15. "I wanted to be able to showcase charities in a fun and exciting way."

In it are three of H Magazine's celebrity chefs facing a three-member team from the Henry Medical Center's Foundation 2011 Real Men Wear Pink representatives.

Jeff Cooper, vice president and chief operating officer of Henry Medical Center, will serve as host of the show.

"It's an honor to host the show and help local charities gain awareness about their causes," said Cooper. "I am having fun while promoting local causes."

Contestants must answer a host of different questions to emerge as winners.

One group of contestants included H Magazine's celebrity chefs team of Trea Pipkin, a Henry County Assistant District Attorney, Taylor Rice, chairman of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and Stoney Mathis, Henry County Chief Deputy Sheriff.

Lisa Kinchen, owner and publisher of H Magazine, joined the studio audience in cheering on her team during the Wednesday taping.

"Henry County is blessed to have amazing leaders who are willing to give their talents and time for the betterment of their community," said Kinchen.

Another group of contestants is the medical center's 2011 Real Men Wear Pink team, featuring Henry County State Court Judge James T. Chafin III, Attorney Brian Strickland of McDonough, and Shane Thompson, owner and founder of Shane's Rib Shack.

"I want to encourage women to get mammograms," said Thompson.

Strickland said he had an ulterior motive for playing. "I just wanted a chance to beat Trea Pipkin."