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Juanita Jordan To Be Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award By The Informer

by Amanda Smith

Peyton Anderson Foundation President and Executive Director Juanita Jordan has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Informer and will be honored at The Informer's Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony. The event will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12 noon at New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, located at 795 Maynard Street in Macon, Georgia.

Jordan, who worked with Macon philanthropist and businessman Peyton Tooke Anderson for 22 years and has directed the Foundation for another two decades following his death, has successfully carried out the wishes of Anderson, who was committed to charitably serving the needs of his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Anderson, known widely as a kind and compassionate mentor and benefactor, owned The Macon Telegraph and The Macon News newspapers.

The Peyton Anderson Foundation was fully funded in 1990 and since that time, Jordan has overseen the investment of more than $60,000,000 in the middle Georgia community, supporting organizations such as Mercer University, Wesleyan College, the Medcen Foundation, the Macon Rescue Mission, Loaves and Fishes Ministry, Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia and the Salvation Army Food Bank and many others.

In 2009, in recognition of the Foundation's 20th year, Jordan created the Peyton Anderson Scholars program. This program assists promising, unique young people by awarding college scholarships to Bibb County high school students who demonstrate academic promise, strong character, community involvement and financial need. In its first year, 15 young people received scholarships and each year, ten or more scholarships will be awarded.

Under Jordan's leadership, the Peyton Anderson Foundation has also initiated several projects to meet the needs of the community. The Community Foundation of Central Georgia and NewTown Macon were created to revitalize and restore downtown Macon and are proving successful in their efforts.

Over the years, Juanita Jordan has kept alive the benevolence and good will of Peyton Anderson through The Foundation's successful efforts to improve the lives of individuals throughout the community of Macon. It is for this reason that The Informer has selected Jordan to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012.

Juanita Jordan