Good Samaritan Health Center receives $25K donation from Congressional Club
by Sally Litchfield
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Billie Gingrey and her husband, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, present a check to Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb Medical Director Dr. Larry Hornsby, left, at the Marietta facility. Billie Gingrey was the chairwoman for this year's 101st Annual First Lady's Luncheon in Washington D.C. The proceeds from this year's ticket sales were donated to the clinic. Phil Gingrey has been volunteering at the clinic once a month for the past two years.  <br> Staff/Laura Moon
Billie Gingrey and her husband, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, present a check to Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb Medical Director Dr. Larry Hornsby, left, at the Marietta facility. Billie Gingrey was the chairwoman for this year's 101st Annual First Lady's Luncheon in Washington D.C. The proceeds from this year's ticket sales were donated to the clinic. Phil Gingrey has been volunteering at the clinic once a month for the past two years.
Staff/Laura Moon
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From left, Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb Office Manager Jackie Razo provides Billie and Congressman Phil Gingrey a tour of the Marietta facility.
From left, Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb Office Manager Jackie Razo provides Billie and Congressman Phil Gingrey a tour of the Marietta facility.
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Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb was named the charitable recipient of the Congressional Club’s First Lady’s Luncheon conducted in Washington D.C. on May 15. Billie Ayers Gingrey, wife of U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia’s 11th District, chaired the luncheon.

Founded in 1908, The Congressional Club is a bi-partisan organization made up of primarily spouses of members and former members of Congress.

“Their main fundraising activity each year is the First Lady’s Luncheon,” Phil Gingrey said.

Billie Gingrey and her planning committee made all the arrangements for the luncheon presented at the Washington Hilton, honoring First Lady Michelle Obama. As part of her responsibilities, Billie chose the charitable beneficiary, Good Samaritan, which received a $25,000 donation.

“Good Samaritan’s mission is to ‘spread the love of Christ through quality health care to people in need,’” Billie Gingrey said. “This organization helps people meet their physical and spiritual needs. Everyone involved — from the board members to the medical personnel to the volunteers — exemplifies faith in action.”

Modeled after a center in Atlanta founded by Dr. Bill Warren in the late ’90s, general surgeon Dr. Jack Kennedy started the Cobb center with local pastor the Rev. Grant Cole. The center eventually hired medical director Dr. Larry Hornsby and dental director Dr. Stephen Hansard, as well as other important staff. Good Samaritan, a nonprofit, offers a comprehensive range of medical, dental, prescription and select social services for patients who cannot afford health care.

Phil Gingrey, who has served on Good Samaritan’s board of directors since 2006 and volunteers medical services at the center said, “These people (receiving health care at the center) are just like everybody else. They’re just good hardworking people that are struggling with life financially and they’re so grateful for the least thing. They can tell, I think, that I care and I can tell they’re grateful. There’s no better feeling in the world than that.

“It is one of the most gratifying things that I’ve ever done. I’ve never left (Good Samaritan) not feeling really good.”

The Gingreys have four grown children and 13 grandchildren. They moved to Marietta in July 1975 when Phil Gingrey joined Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates. He maintains an active medical license.

“Phil has been involved in this charity from the beginning and we’ve watched it grow from the ground up. Given Phil’s work with the clinic and the good they do in the community, we chose Good Samaritan as this year’s Congressional Club charity. There are many wonderful ministries in Cobb, but this one is especially close to our hearts,” Billie said.

To learn more about Good Samaritan, visit goodsamcobb.org.



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