Connie Maxwell Children’s Home Announces “Team up for Children”

January 18, 2012

GREENVILLE, SC – January 18, 2012 – Supporters of the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home announced a $100,000 fundraising goal today to aid and grow the organization that helps abused and abandoned children in South Carolina.

Team up for Children is the 2012 campaign for Children’s Champions of Greenville. It consists of a series of mini fundraising events aimed at the Upstate over the next five months with the sole purpose of benefiting Connie Maxwell Children’s Home.

The soft part of the campaign started in November with an E -blast to potential supporters, followed by a link to give promo from JoshKimbrellcom. In December, Chick-fil-a of Pelham Road and Chick-fil-a of Woodruff Road, joined by Chick-fil-a of Greenwood conducted a Team up for Children” by donating $1 for every gallon of tea sold during the month.

Today’s announcement marks the next step in the campaign as a series of events will be held in the next few months that will allow the overall community the opportunity to get involved and support Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. It will culminate with a thank you concert for hosts and sponsors that will be open to the entire community on April 26 and feature singer/songwriter John Waller, who composed the songs for the movies “Courageous” and “Fireproof.”

Children’s Champions was created by Cathy Heitzenrater, director of development at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, in 2011 as a way to develop a fundraising entity in the Upstate that benefits Connie Maxwell Children’s Home.

The new campaign follows the very successful inaugural Go to Bat for Children event held in May 2011. The secondary goal of Children’s Champions is to raise awareness of Connie Maxwell across the Upstate, and eventually across the entire state.

This will be accomplished by creating Children’s Champions groups in the metropolitan areas of South Carolina over the next few years. They will function under the umbrella of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, while remaining an autonomous committee dedicated to fundraising.

Children’s Champions of Greenville consists of Heitzenrater, Pat Bishop, director of finance and accounting at Atlas Food Systems, Stephanie Rosso, owner of Stephanie Rosso, LLC, Sharon Gillespie, a realtor with Prudential C. Dan Joyner, Caroline Mahaffey, a realtor with Jeff Richardson Real Estate, and Cheri Shilling, RMD at Chick-fil-A.


Connie Maxwell is a home for children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected and some who have been placed by loving caregivers. In either case, children have a safe, secure, loving environment at Connie Maxwell. In addition to the main campus in Greenwood, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home provides residential care and family support through satellite locations in Chesterfield, Mauldin, Orangeburg and Florence as well as intake services in Summerville. Each year more than 200 children of diverse needs and backgrounds call Connie Maxwell home. Most of them are between the ages of six and eighteen.

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