GRACEPOINT Gala Feb. 23, 2019
$50,000 was raised at the GRACEPOINT Gala with donations continuing to come in!
Every year at GRACEPOINT, we find that there are students who desperately need the help that our school can provide, but do not have the funds to attend. To address that need, our school holds an annual auction to raise tuition assistance funds for those students needing financial help. This year's auction was held at Ivy Hall in Roswell with guest speaker, Fred Blankenship. Approximately 200 supporters attended the event including current school families and friends, as well as business leaders from the Cobb community. Over $50,000 was raised to directly support a tuition assistance fund for existing and new students for the 2019-2020 school year.
Fred Blankenship joined the WSB-TV family in 2007. Before coming to Atlanta he worked six years at San Diego's KGTV as a reporter and weekend anchor. In San Diego, Fred won awards for stories on drug prevention and community outreach. Many of the stories Fred covered focused on the growing problem of gangs. Also, he reported on the states largest fires. In 2004, Fred covered the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Before Fred got to KGTV, he worked at KAKE TV in Wichita, Kansas. In Kansas he chased storms on a regular basis developing an expertise at covering severe weather. Prior to KAKE, Blankenship worked at KRON in San Francisco where he was apart of a team that received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for the documentary "About Race", a study of cultural and social behaviors of different ethnic groups.
Fred has been a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and also a member of the National Press Photographers Association.
Since his arrival at WSB-TV, Fred has traveled to California for special reports on Georgia's water crisis comparing how the two states tackle water issues. He has also written and produced special assignment news series and been a part of Prime Time Action News projects. Fred actively hosts local leadership and community events and celebrations. His true passion is working with kids and young adults to help insure they get added encouragement and support to accomplish whatever it is they want to do in life.
A Los Angeles native, he received his degree from the University of San Francisco. Fred is happily married and is the proud father of three children, two boys and girl.