Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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January 14, 2013

Perry Wellness Center joins Collards Cook-Off

AMERICUS — Community association with local farmers has opened many avenues for positive involvement of Rudy’s Happy Patch Market of Perry Wellness Center.

A professional culinary team from the center will compete in the Jan. 26 “Collards & Cornbread Cook-Off.”

With their on-site-grown collards and the popular cornbread served at Perry Wellness Center, the team says, “let the competition begin!”

The event is sponsored by the Americus Rotary Club and the Americus Times-Recorder and will take place at Lenny’s Market on Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Contestants can enter as professional teams or individuals. Only four people per team are allowed.

Community involvement of Rudy’s Happy Patch and Perry Wellness Center began with support of Koinonia Farm’s “Farm to Table” initiative at “The Trellis” in 2012. Three representatives from Happy Patch Market enjoyed the seated dinner with many other supportive guests.

As the only local organization to host a Sept. 11 community observance and the recent “World-Wide Walk 27” national prayer, candlelighting and 27-minute walk to remember the massacre in Connecticut, the staff at Perry Wellness Center is proud to support initiatives in Americus and Sumter County that share life-awareness education with peer clients at Perry Wellness Center.

Most recently, the second place award in the 2012 Americus Christmas Parade broadened the exposure of Perry Wellness Center as a creative and spirit-filled organization.

“It is vital that we are involved in these community events. We are becoming the second organization with the mission to share goodness with clients in Georgia and the Southeast. Habitat for Humanity was started in Sumter County to build houses with people in need. Now Perry Wellness Center is quickly enjoying acceptance as we work to rebuild lives for those in our community and our eight-county service area as we work ‘to advance personal health and well-being among persons with mental illness and addictive disorders.’ I invite our community to visit Rudy’s Happy Patch Market and share locally grown farm products in Sumter County. We are eager to share our collards and corn bread on Jan. 26,” said Stuart Perry.

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