Family Peace Project Teen Dating Violence PSA Video Contest

Press release

The Family Peace Project is hosting its 2nd Annual Love is Not Abuse Teen Dating Violence PSA Video Contest.

Help prevent teen dating violence in your community by developing your own video public service announcement! Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three videos.

Did you know 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 7 men, who have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time between 11 and 17 years of age?

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ETCF to host Giving Day seminar on January 11

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East Texas Communities Foundation will host a free seminar for Henderson County nonprofits on how to be a part of East Texas Giving Day 2018. The seminar is scheduled from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Athens Partnership Center located at 201 West Corsicana Street, Athens.

Nonprofits are encouraged to register for the seminar online here.

East Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour day of giving that provides critical funding for our area nonprofits. The purpose of an area-wide Giving Day is to bring the region together on one day and as one community, raising money and awareness for East Texas nonprofits. This initiative, organized by East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF), provides citizens an easy platform to support the mission of local nonprofits that serve our many communities.

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Cain Foundation makes donation to AFD Toys for Tots program

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Each year the Athens Fire Department works hard to raise money and collect toys for the Toys for Tots Program in partnership with the Henderson County HELP Center. This year, the City was grateful to receive a generous donation in the amount of $5,000 from The Cain Foundation, recommended by Mr. John C. Cain.

For those interested in making a monetary donation towards the Toys for Tots Program, or for those interested in donating toys of any kind, toys and contributions can be dropped off at the Central Athens Fire Station located at 610 S. Prairieville St. If you have questions regarding the Toys for Tots program, please call the Athens Fire Department at 903-677-6636 or e-mail

Pictured are Athens Mayor Monte Montgomery and City of Athens Firefighter/Toys for Tots Coordinator Lance West receiving The Cain Foundation’s generous contribution. (Courtesy photo)

Christmas tree silent auction benefits local charities

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCNow

Prosperity Bank in Athens has added a silent auction to this year’s Christmas charity efforts.

The bank has five decorated Christmas trees in its lobby and visitors can bid on each tree, each of which has been designated for a particular charity.

“We have such a great community of customers and residents. It is a way for us to have some fun and give back at the same time,” said Prosperity Bank’s Lynda Vance.

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