1961

January 1, 1961

Ida Ruth Jameel participates as a young debutante in Detroit at the CoBo Ball; her path is chronicled during the same year in Ebony Magazine.

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January 2001

January 1, 2001

Mrs. Crook retires from Delta Air Lines

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April 2002

April 1, 2002

Mrs. Crook presents the Rites of passage – Christian Debutante & Beau Ball concept to Former Cascade UMC Senior Pastor, Reverend Dr. Walter L. Kimbrough.

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May 2002

May 1, 2002

Mrs. Crook Presents the program blue print to Cascade UMC, United Methodist Women

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June 2003

June 1, 2003

Open Registration is announced for the inaugural class of the Christian Rites of Passage, Debutante and Beau Recognition Celebration Ball Program

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July 2003

July 1, 2003

Accepts 27 applicants; Christian Rites of Passage Program is biennial, and the program lasts for one year. After registration, sessions begin in October and continue through October of the following year.

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August 2004

August 1, 2004

Program participants volunteer at the Christian Day Shelter for Women and Children; making pillow cases with the children’s names and biblical scriptures to be distributed as birthday gifts.

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September 2004

September 1, 2004

Program participants volunteer at Jerry Lewis Telethon held at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel.

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November 2004

November 1, 2004

Inaugural Christian Debutante & Beau Ball Held at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel with 500 guests in attendance. Youth receive a Honorable Mention Certificate (City Gold Seal) for the completion of the Inaugural Christian Rites of Passage from the City of Atlanta, signed by Mayor, Shirley Franklin.

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February 2006

February 1, 2006

The Christian Rites of Passage Program receives a certificate of incorporation and a letter of federal tax exemption status as a 501c3 organization.

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November 2006

November 1, 2006

Second Biennial Christian Debutante & Beau Ball held at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel with 500 guests in attendance. Fox5 News Anchorwoman Amanda Davis serves as Mistress of Ceremonies. 11Alive Anchorwoman Brenda Wood features the program in her weekly “Good People” segment.

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August 2007

August 1, 2007

Christian Rites of Passage accepts 35 applicants; 18 girls and 17 boys, the largest class in the organization’s history.

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October 2007

October 1, 2007

Christian Rites of Passage Inc. orientation, Session I begins as the first of 12 sessions. Cascade UMC, youth Pastor, Paul Thibodeaux serves as facilitator. The program also expands to include fundraising efforts.

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October 18, 2008

October 18, 2008

The Third Biennial Christian Rites of Passage, Inc. Debutante and Beau ball held at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency.

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October 20, 2008

October 20, 2008

The City of Atlanta proclaims Christian Rites of Passage Day on October 18th in this year and every year to come for contribution to the community’s success and commitment to encourage Atlanta youth to become involved, give back and map out a future full of victory, in the city of Atlanta and the State of Georgia.

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August 2009

August 1, 2009

Christian Rites of Passage, Inc. accepts 36 applicants; 18 ladies and 18 gentlemen.

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January 27, 2016

January 27, 2016

Christian Rites of Passage selected as a Daily Point of Light honoree. The Daily Point of Light Award honors individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America.  Award Number 5662  issued January 27, 2016 Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.   Endorsed and Signed by George H. W. Bush, Honorary Chairman 41st President of the United States     

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