Published Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Fundraiser to support chapel serving U.S. troops at Hartsfield-Jackson

By Alex McRae

The Newnan Times-Herald

Chaplain Adrien Neely, a Coweta County resident and Vietnam veteran, has announced that on Thursday, Nov. 10, the Redneck Gourmet restaurant in Newnan will be hosting a "Spirit Day" event to support the chapel at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The chapel serves American troops passing through the world's busiest airport on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

A portion of the entire day's sales proceeds at the Redneck Gourmet will be donated to the Airport Chapel. Patrons are simply asked to tell the cashier they want to help the troops when placing their order.

Neely said that efforts like the Nov. 10 benefit are important because while Hartsfield-Jackson supplies free space for the chapel, it does not provide funding for operations, equipment or materials.

The Airport Chapel is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves and supports our military at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, said Neely, who serves as one of the facility's chaplains.

"We offer support and encouragement to them and their families, as well as any other airport employee, airline personnel, and travelers from all over the world who have a variety of needs and/or crisis situations on a daily basis. As a non-profit we depend on the generous donations of individuals, churches, and corporations to provide our operating expenses "

Neely is a Vietnam veteran whose son has served in Afghanistan. He said Coweta's commitment to veterans is second to none and wanted to thank the community for its continued support of the chapel and other veterans services.

"Together we can do a lot to let our troops know that we still care," Neely said.

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