To me, there is nothing more worthwhile than helping kids.
I grew up working with kids while on staff at summer camps and remember how they were impacted during
their visits. Their time at camp helped to make a difference in their lives and will last them a
lifetime. Camp Southern Ground will work with special needs children while providing them with lodging
and facilities to most effectively contribute to their rehabilitation. The highly trained staff will offer
a wide variety of therapeutic activities that are designed to help stimulate the mind and body and encourage
development, all in a beautiful setting. This is the year to get it started! Welcome to Camp Southern
We are thrilled to introduce Camp Southern Ground's new blog, Postcards from Camp! Hear from the CSG team with updates and photos here.
Our first entry comes from Camp Southern Ground CEO Rob Parker. Rob tells us about the friendly exchange between his grandson Nicholas, diagnosed with autism, and Zac Brown, of Zac Brown Band, that illustrates one of the reasons Rob joined the team at Camp Southern Ground. Read about the story and why Rob wanted to be a part of this amazing adventure in "Is Zac the real deal" here!
Camp Southern Ground has named Rob Parker as the Camp's first President & CEO, beginning May 1, 2013. Board Chairman and Founder Zac Brown said of Parker's hiring, "Rob Parker is a great asset to our organization. He is a true leader and has a tremendous appreciation for children and our mission at Camp Southern Ground. We are honored to have him be part of our family."
Parker, 52, is currently serving as the CEO of Ronald McDonald Charities of Southern California, which includes a year-round camp for children and families suffering from cancer. He is also the former CEO of Kiwanis International, and served for twenty years as a senior executive with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
"The opportunity to build a world-class camp and conference center is extremely exciting," said Parker of joining the Camp Southern Ground team. "When Zac shared his vision for a camp where children with special needs can play, learn and grow alongside children with typical needs, I knew this was for me." Said Camp Southern Ground Interim Director Jean Peck, "It's with great enthusiasm that we look forward to Rob's arrival. His experience and leadership will take Camp Southern Ground to new heights."
The board of Camp Southern Ground was advised throughout the search by BoardWalk Consulting, an executive search firm committed to "finding leaders that matter for missions that matter." The mission of Camp Southern Ground, currently being built on 500 acres of land near Fayetteville, GA, is to offer a summer camp and year-round retreat destination for children with diverse abilities and backgrounds, to learn life skills and teamwork in a positive, healthy and organic environment.
Through March 15th, you can bid on a Zac Brown Band Ram truck - that's been driven by Zac himself - with all proceeds from the highest bid going to Camp Southern Ground. See what Zac has to say about all this in his blog, and remember to get your bids in before they call it sold here.
We're thrilled to announce that we've accepted a donation of more than $37,000 as the beneficiary of ticket sale proceeds from the 2012 Southern Living Idea House! We also want to extend a special thanks to House Manager, Susan Osborne for her dedication as well as Scott Tigchelaar and Brian Jagt of Senoia Enterprises, Inc. for their contribution as the developer of the Senoia-based Idea House, a farmhouse revival project.
"We're so grateful for this partnership and the chance it gave us to raise awareness about the camp with people from all 50 states," said Camp Southern Ground Interim Executive Director, Jean Peck. "I hope everyone who toured the Idea House will keep an eye on the camp's development and visit our website to learn how to get involved with our efforts."
To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, we're giving away two Zac Brown Band and Friends "Pass The Jar" CD/DVD combos signed by Zac Brown - one for you to keep and one to give away, just to brighten someone's day! All you have to do is share a Random Act of Kindness you've done lately and you're entered to win.
To learn more about upcoming auction series, where Zac and four other performers from this December's Ram Jam will each auction off a truck to benefit a charity of their choice, please visit the Road to Ram Jam page at RamTrucks.com.
You can also watch the whole Ram Jam exclusive concert featuring Zac Brown Band on December 29th right here: http://music.yahoo.com/video/playlist/ram-country-ram-jam/.
Inside: From the littlest hands come the warmest wishes. Happy Holidays
Back: Portions of the proceeds from the purchase of this card go towards Camp Southern Ground.
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Please accept our most heartfelt thank you for all you've done and continue to do to help support Camp Southern Ground.
Now that we've exhausted our database of football jargon, we'd like to offer many thanks to our wonderful sponsors, including: ACE Group Private Risk Services, Private Client Insurance, Carhartt, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, Dr. Pepper, Homrich Berg, NASCAR Unites, Perkins + Will and Twitter. And of course, we are forever grateful for the unrelenting support of The Zamily.Remember, if you couldn't make it to Fayetteville, but would still like to help support Camp Southern Ground, text CSG to 50555 to make a $10 donation. Click here for more images