Phoebe’s ripple effect on local businesses

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has an economic impact in the billions for Albany and South Georgia.

The Breadhouse staff said the hospital is a big boost to their business.  

“They love it, they love finding out about us, they love supporting us when they found out about our events,” remarked a Breadhouse employee who wants to remain anonymous. 

The employee knows firsthand the effect Phoebe employees is having on the bakery. 

A new report shows in 2015, Phoebe generated more than $1.2 billion in revenue for the local economy. 

“We count on a lot of the restaurants that are around here and a lot of the businesses around our perimeter to support our employees, our volunteers,” said Phoebe Putney CFO Brian Church. 

Phoebe supports more than 8,000 full-time jobs throughout Southwest Georgia.

Many of them stop by the bakery, which is down the road, for lunch. 

“They usually come by around 11:30 and 12:30, they love the chicken salad,” explained Breadhouse Executive Chef Terrence Boyd. 

And when they do, the anonymous employee can’t wait to share the Breadhouse story with customers.  

“That’s why I’m so proud to be part of this, it’s so unique, we’re one of kind,” said anonymous Breadhouse employee. 

The Breadhouse is a for profit business that helps support Graceway, an alcoholism and substance abuse recovery residence for women.

“It’s giving me so much confidence and I’ve gotten to know myself, know what I can do, and what I’m capable of,” remarked anonymous Breadhouse employee.

While on the road to recovery, the bakery is her stability. 

“Total 180 so it’s really changed my whole life,” said anonymous Breadhouse employee. 

And she said it’s all thanks to Phoebe employees who stop by for a warm slice of bread.

Phoebe Putney Hospital created an economic impact of $1 billion in Albany back in 2015.

The hospital supports about 6,800 full-time jobs in Dougherty County.

And provides $45 million in community benefits.

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American Cancer Society hosts annual Relay for Life

Dozens of residents attended the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds. (Source: WALB)Dozens of residents attended the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds. (Source: WALB)
cancer survivor Ruth Natoli (Source: WALB)cancer survivor Ruth Natoli (Source: WALB)
Relay for Life for Dougherty and Lee county organizers hope to raise $100,000 during Friday's event. (Source: WALB)Relay for Life for Dougherty and Lee county organizers hope to raise $100,000 during Friday’s event. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) –

The world’s largest cancer fundraiser event took place Friday night in Dougherty County. 

Dozens of residents attended the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

This year, 47 teams took turns walking or running in the Survivor’s Lap and the Caregiver’s Lap.

Students with Albany Elite also did a couple laps around the track.

But one brave 16-year cancer survivor really captivated the audience with her fiery baton twirling performance.

“God gives you strange talents and mine was baton twirling. And I have used it ever since I was a little girl. And then when I became a cancer patient I did it for the cancer survivors,” said cancer survivor Ruth Natoli. 

Relay for Life for Dougherty and Lee county organizers hope to raise $100,000 during Friday’s event.

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Pro golfer sponsors storm benefit concert

An Albany pro golfer was in town this week to raise money for storm victims. (Source: WALB)An Albany pro golfer was in town this week to raise money for storm victims. (Source: WALB)
Professional Golfer, Josh Broadaway (Source: WALB)Professional Golfer, Josh Broadaway (Source: WALB)
Mission Change Co-Founder Ladonna Urick (Source: WALB)Mission Change Co-Founder Ladonna Urick (Source: WALB)
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –

An Albany pro golfer was in town this week to raise money for storm victims. 

Josh Broadaway hosted his 16th annual Cross-handed Classic: Guitars and Golf.

More than 120 golfers teed off Friday morning at the Doublegate Country Club.

And tonight, folks gathered for a storm benefit concert at the State Theatre. 

For the past eight years, Broadaway has donated the proceeds from both events to a local charity. 

This year, organizers teamed up with Mission Change to raise money for storm victims.

“This year with everything that happened, we just thought of, my parents are friends with Ladonna from Mission Change and they just came and said this is what we need to do for Albany. They’ve gone through a lot with the storms,” said Josh Broadaway.

“Every little bit helps and we’re just hoping tonight is going to be a great night, a great turnout, and lots of funds are going to be raised so that we can continue the efforts for the storm relief,” said Mission Change Co-Founder Ladonna Urick. 

The concert is at the State Theatre at 313 Pine Avenue.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

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