By Lisa Rymer from TCPalm:
Gregory Alan Childress has joined the New Horizons of the Treasure Coast’s board of directors.
A resident of St. Lucie County for more than two decades, Childress is the owner of G. Alan’s Fine Jewelry & Coin on Midway Road in White City. He also serves on the advisory board at Indian River State College School of Business.
A supporter of many local causes, Childress was the impetus behind the Jewelia project for Volunteers in Medicine/HANDS Clinic. His generous donation of $15,500 worth of diamond jewelry – a dazzling necklace and matching earrings – has been the focal point of a fundraising campaign which has netted over $500,000.
Every year for the past 14 years Childress has donated a custom piece of jewelry to the Port St. Lucie Business Women’s annual fashion show luncheon. He also donates to Mustard Seed Ministries, Life Builders, Pilot Club of Fort Pierce, Boys and Girls Clubs, Suncoast Mental Health, Vietnam Veterans, United Veterans Council, 4-H Club, and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Youth Ranches Golf Tournament.
“As a community, we can make amazing things happen. We can achieve so much more together for everyone to enjoy a better, happier, healthier, and more financially stable life,” said Childress.
A native of Alabama, Childress grew up helping people in need. His mother, Shirley Emond, a longtime volunteer at Mustard Seed Ministries, “always made sure the impoverished residents had gifts and food at Christmas,” said Childress. Throughout the years, he has continued those traditions.
Last year, G. Alan’s Fine Jewelry was a presenting sponsor for New Horizons’ 59th anniversary celebration, providing resources and bling to create a memorable event. While planning the festivities, Childress learned more about the plight of the mentally ill in Florida, the essential services offered by New Horizons, and how the opioid epidemic is destroying the lives of entire families.