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Peyton Anderson Foundation Honors Juanita Jordan Upon Retirement

by Amanda Smith

Upon her retirement from the organization, The Peyton Anderson Foundation will honor President and Executive Director Juanita Jordan with a congratulatory reception on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

Jordan successfully directed the Foundation for over two decades following the death of its founder, Peyton Tooke Anderson in 1988. Carrying on his tradition of charitably serving the needs of his hometown of Macon, Georgia, Jordan has overseen the investment of more than $60 million in the 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, the Salvation Army Food Bank and many others. 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.

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.

On January 14, 2012, at The Informer's Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony, Jordan was selected to receive The Informer's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 for her successful efforts to improve the lives of individuals throughout the community of Macon.

Amanda Smith
Juanita Jordan