10 Community Leaders Announce Candidacy for Kiss-A-Pig 2017
It’s official! Ten community leaders have qualified and publicly announced their candidacy for election year 2017. No, they are not running for Senate or for a seat on their local city councils. The ten candidates are vying for the opportunity to pucker up and kiss a pig in support of programs and services for men and women with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other forms of developmental disabilities.
From now until InHOGuration Day, May 18, the ten distinguished citizens, representing a diverse mix of businesses, community organizations and professions, will serve as candidates of Annandale Village’s annual fundraising and disabilities awareness program, Kiss-A-Pig: People Invested in Giving. Through this whimsical, and always zany campaign, the candidates will contend for “votes” by seeking to raise money to support the comprehensive programs and services of Annandale Village. Each dollar donated equals one vote. The candidate that receives the most number of votes or raises the most amount of money will be named the winner of the Kiss-A-Pig campaign and have the honor to kiss a pig…a real one.
The funds raised will support a comprehensive range of programs and services to allow individuals with intellectual disabilities and those that have experienced an acquired brain injury to lead lives that reflect quality, value, self-worth, and achievement.
Officials at Kiss-A-Pig Headquarters (Annandale Village) believe it will, once again, be a tight race to the finish line to see who will come out on top of this special election. Keith Fenton, Annandale’s Chief Development Officer explains, “For the fifth year in a row, we have an outstanding group of individuals that represent the best of the very best of our community. We could not be more thrilled with their involvement with Annandale Village and their extraordinary passion for making a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.” Whether through their respective professional careers, community service activities, or family responsibilities, organizers say each candidate has demonstrated personal character, work ethic, and a commitment to our community that truly epitomizes the true meaning of our Kiss-A-Pig program, People Invested in Giving.
Blue Landworks’ Taylor Anderson stated, “I am participating in this event because Annandale Village’s mission for allowing aging in place for adults with developmental disabilities is so important to our community. And the Villagers are an integral part of the success of our community. I really appreciate the opportunity to give back to such an awesome organization!”
As the only nonprofit organization in the state of Georgia that provides individuals with development disabilities and acquired brain injuries a lifetime continuum of service and care, organizers say the demand for quality programs and services found only at Annandale Village makes the fundraising results of this year’s Kiss-A-Pig campaign more vital than ever.
Fenton added, “Today, Annandale is serving more people than ever before in our 48-year history. Yet, in order to do more for those we currently serve and to meet the needs of the ever-expanding disability population, fundraising results from this year’s Kiss-A-Pig campaign will support efforts to increase our capacity to serve the region’s developmentally disabled community with the utmost care and compassionate support”.
Since its inception in 2012, 51 individuals have served as candidates of Annandale’s Kiss-A-Pig program having cumulatively raised more than $250,000. In 2012, Ed Szczesniak of Georgian Landscape Design was the inaugural winner of the Kiss-A-Pig Campaign, while Rocket IT founder and CEO, Matt Hyatt, Braselton resident, Mike Dominy, and city of Norcross mayor, Bucky Johnson had the distinct honor of puckering up as the winners of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 campaigns.
2017 KISS-A-PIG CANDIDATES INCLUDE: (Click on each name to view candidate bios)
- Taylor Anderson, Blue Landworks, LLC
- Marsha Anderson Bomar, Gwinnett Village CID
- Scott Andrews, City of Sugar Hill
- Amy Bray, Coulter & Sierra, LLC
- Cliff Bray, WBO CPA Group
- Denise Brinson, City of Suwanee
- Don Britt, Summit Chase Country Club
- Paige Havens, Marketing & Strategic Planning Consultant/Brain Injury Advocate
- Angela Veugeler, Veugeler Design Group
- Chuck Warbington, City of Lawrenceville
To cast your vote today, visit www.kiss-a-pig.com.