Church to honor outstanding women at banquet
by Rachel Gray
October 05, 2013 01:34 AM | 1796 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Corlya Blake smiles with a homeless man she helps. Blake will receive the Social Impact Award at Pleasant Grove Missionary Church’s GLOW Honors Award Banquet on Oct. 12. The banquet will recognize eight women for their dedication to their church and community. <br>Special to the MDJ
Corlya Blake smiles with a homeless man she helps. Blake will receive the Social Impact Award at Pleasant Grove Missionary Church’s GLOW Honors Award Banquet on Oct. 12. The banquet will recognize eight women for their dedication to their church and community.
Special to the MDJ
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MARIETTA — For the third year, a Marietta church will recognize eight women at a banquet for their years of dedication to the local community.

Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church will have The Third Annual GLOW Honors Banquet at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 at the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw.

Cynthia Watkins, director of the women’s ministry at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Whitlock Avenue near Kirkpatrick Drive, said each woman is very deserving of the honor.

“Each of these ladies have made significant contributions to both our church and the Marietta community at large,” Watkins said.

Vivian Blount, who will receive the Woman of Excellence award, is an associate minister of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist and a 40-year employee of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

She has also worked with youth as the director of the Elizabeth Porter Recreation Center.

“In this role, she has served as a surrogate mother to hundreds of children who have crossed her path,” Watkins said.

Another honoree, Addie Copeland, will receive the Legacy Award. Copeland was born in Marietta and has been a resident of the city for almost 90 years.

“(Addie Copeland) was instrumental in the growth of Pleasant Grove, especially in areas that directly impacted the women of the church,” Watkins said.

Another woman who has played a direct role in Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church’s outreach to the community is Corlya Blake, who will receive the Social Impact award.

After noticing a group of homeless people on the side of the road on Cobb Parkway, Blake “a single mother with limited resources, began providing sandwiches — all she could afford — to the group on Sunday’s,” Watkins said. “But she was led to do more.”

Through Blake’s leadership and the support of the church’s Light of Hope Outreach Ministry, a hot meal is now provided to those in need every Sunday.

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