Pictured, left to right, is John Hunter, Seth and Sara Cathy, Maggie Tanner, Angela and Brent Fielder and Renee Curry
Synovus Financial Corporation, in partnership with Chick-fil-A, hosted a,” Let’s Open the Red Door,” event on Monday in support of the Isaiah 117 House at Chambliss Center for Children.
Officials said, "In Hamilton and the surrounding counties, there are more than 900 children in custody at any given time. These children have been removed from their homes because of abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. The Isaiah 117 House at Chambliss Center for Children provides a warm, comforting environment for children that have been placed in state custody.
This event hopes to bring awareness to the impact that Isaiah 117 House has on the children and families in the local community."
“After hearing the Isaiah 117 House Founder Ronda Paulson tell her personal story and her reasoning behind founding this organization, my heart was broken and I knew I wanted to help,” said Synovus Senior Vice President Maggie Tanner. “Thankfully, Isaiah 117 House is providing that safe place, where basic needs of safety, food, clothing, a shower and a warm bed are being met. Since Isaiah 117 House is privately funded, we wanted to help get this new-to-Chattanooga organization.”
Attendees heard stories from Chick-fil-A’s Cathy Family, and from other guest speakers, including Chick-fil-A Ambassador Seth Cathy, Chick-fil-A Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Brent Fielder, as well as Isaiah 117 House Regional Program Coordinator Renee Curry.
“Synovus Financial Corporation reached out at the perfect time to help us raise funds for the Isaiah 117 House at Chambliss Center,” said Program Coordinator John Hunter. “This will help us change the way foster care begins for the children in Hamilton County.”
The event was held at the Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza in Downtown Chattanooga.
To learn more about Synovus Financial Corporation and its community outreach efforts, visit www.Synovus.com. For more information about the Isaiah 117 House at Chambliss Center for Children, visit www.chamblisscenter.org/isaiah117house.