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Celebrity game fundraiser for daycare shooting victims
Kimya Roberson

Rockdale and Newton communities are coming together in a celebrity basketball fundraiser for the mother and daughter attacked in a shooting outside a daycare center.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Springfield Baptist Church, will host the “Rockdale - Caring, Sharing and Redeeming” benefit celebrity basketball game at Salem High School from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. in support of Kimya Roberson and 10-year-old Corinne Williams.

Springfield Baptist Pastor Eric Lee said the event is aimed at several goals, in addition to providing a way for the community to help the family.

"We wanted to allow her community to respond to their needs," he said. "We also wanted the community to celebrate their survival and the miracle of their survival.

"The third thing we wanted to do is celebrate the first responders and all the people that responded that day who contributed to her survival."

Although the mother and daughter are back at home after multiple surgeries and being in a coma, they have a long road of recovery ahead of them. The event will help cover the costs of medical expenses from reconstructive surgery, physical therapy, and other rehabilitative measures.

"It's incredible," said Lee. "They have a real good chance of recovering from this completely. We want to be in a position to contribute to the money that is necesary for their recuperation. Miracles cost money eventually."

The event will collect food for Rockdale Emergency Relief's food pantry.

Organizers also hope to bring more awareness about domestic violence.

"As a pastor I've been called on to do eulogies for murders, and probably 90 percent of those are domestic violence related," said Lee. "It is by far the biggest crisis in terms of bodily injuries and murder and deaths in our community."

Tickets are available at Rockdale County High School, Newton County High Schools and elementary schools including Lorraine Elementary and CJ Hicks Elementary, and Springfield Baptist Church. They are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. VIP tickets are $50. Sponsors will receive complimentary game tickets, recognition throughout the game and VIP seating on game day. Lorraine Elementary and RCHS are among the schools participating in the event with performances. The celebrities participating in the game will be confirmed later in the week.

The goal is to sell 1,800 tickets, with all the proceeds going to the family.

An account has also been established at Bank of America. Checks can be written to the “Corinne Williams and Kimya Roberson Contribution Fund.” Contributions can also be mailed in c/o Springfield Baptist Church, 3001 Old Salem Road, Conyers GA, 30013.

Held in partnership with area churches, Rockdale County Public Schools, Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Project ReNeWal and Rockdale Emergency Relief, the event will also bring awareness to domestic violence in Georgia.

Domestic violence continues to be one of the leading causes of injuries for women and girls between the ages of 15 – 44 in Georgia. The state ranks 14th in the country for female homicide rates where men kill women in single-victim homicides. Many of these homicides are due to domestic violence.  (2010 Georgia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Statistics Report, Governor’s Office for Children and Families)