Editorial: Crime at charity event was appalling

Crime at Charity event was appalling

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Last week, we were saddened to hear that during a charitable event at the Walter Judge Academy, someone was committing a crime in the parking lot.

The crime unfortunately put a damper on the amazing event that was taking place at the Academy.

That's where the 2018 Beautillion Club, made up of 21 minority junior and senior males from high schools in Dougherty, Lee, and Tift Counties, got together to donate just over $10,000 to charitable organizations in Southwest Georgia.

These young men completed community service hours, participated in fundraising activities, and developmental workshops over ten months, all to make our communities better.

So we were disappointed to hear that when this event was taking place, an armed robbery occurred in the parking lot, along with cars being vandalized.

It is a sad state of affairs when individuals and organizations work hard to improve the lives of others, only to have someone attempt to foil their efforts.

Also, this is terrible publicity for our area, hurting our chances to attract new visitors, businesses, and residents.

Speak up when you see something. Support our young men and women.

And join forces with your neighbors to help make our community a better place.

Albany is better than these crimes that have taken place.

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