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Foundation opens headquarters
Cutting a ribbon for the Children of America Educational Foundation are (above, from left) the Rev. Tyler Millner, City Councilman Danny Turner, Quarterrious Armstrong, Dr. Wardell Williams, City Councilman Sharon Brooks Hodge, Elizabeth Jones, Foundation Vice President Johnnie Peters, Foundation President Roy Simon, Mary Ellen Odell, unidentified woman and Sonny Richardson with American Legion Post 78.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
The Children of America Educational Foundation Inc. cut a ribbon Wednesday at its new headquarters in the former Compton Wood Products building at the Patriot Centre industrial park in Henry County.
Roy Simon, president of the foundation, said its aim is to give students financial incentives to stay in school and remain drug- and alcohol-free.
It also plans to hold a music festival in the county in June.
The foundation chose this area for its headquarters because it is a “nice city, nice people and they’ve always got good food,” Simon said.
Simon said he came to Martinsville with his brother, R&B singer Joe Simon, several decades ago. He added that the brothers did business with Dr. Dana Baldwin in Martinsville.
Roy Simon, a Louisiana native, lived here for a time and was married to a local woman.