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Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson is currently a Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. A MLB All-Star and World Series Champion, Jackson has played 10 seasons with the following MLB teams: Los Angeles Dodgers (2003-2005), Tampa Bay Devil Rays / Rays (2006-2008), Detroit Tigers (2009), Arizona Diamondbacks (2010), Chicago White Sox (2010-2011), St. Louis Cardinals (2011, World Series Champion) and the Washington Nationals (2012). Jackson was selected as MLB All-Star during the 2009 season. Jackson is one of 27 major league players who were born in Germany. From Germany, his family moved to Columbus, GA where he was raised. While attending Shaw High School in Columbus, he played outfield for the Raider baseball team. His senior year, Jackson helped lead the Raiders baseball team to the 2001 GHSA AAAA State Championship.

 

In 2013, Jackson and his wife Erika, launched his nonprofit charity, the “T.H.R.O.W. Foundation”. T.H.R.O.W. stands for Talent & Heroes: Remember Opportunities Work. Edwin and Erika created this foundation to continue raising awareness of baseball with young AA males with a special focus on assisting children of either deployed, active duty parents or parents that have been injured or killed in the Line of Duty. Edwin’s father retired from the military and both of Erika’s parents were active in the military. Erika, herself, served in the military, so it only fit that both Edwin and Erika decided to stand for a cause that is near and dear to them both.

Stefanie Kelly

Stefanie Kelly is an unashamed Christian, military wife, and musician. She is the mother of two cats: one over 20 pounds and the other geriatric requiring daily injections… Stefanie’s life Scripture is Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in horses and some trust in chariots, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God”.

 

As a musician, Stefanie’s style is an eclectic mix of Pop, Jazz and Rock. Classically trained in voice and piano with a rich history of jazz studies, her original music chronicles her life story of a believer who still struggles, but daily finds hope in her redemptive Christ Jesus.

 

After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Stefanie continued her calling as a composer, producer, touring artist, worship leader and musical director. Currently, she is the Worship Pastor at Ridgecrest Calvary Assembly of God (RCA Church) where she relocated with her USMC husband. She has previously served as Worship Pastor at the Rock Church in San Diego. She has released 5 original recordings (stefaniekelly.com) and relaunched her nonprofit organization, Smiling Heart Ministries, which donates music of hope to the hurting (smilingheartministries.org).

Her career highlights include performances with Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Israel Houghton, Smokey Robinson, Rebecca St. James, Ralph Carmichael, and Nate Morton (the Voice). Stefanie was also featured as a solo artist at Billy Graham’s Albany, NY crusade.

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