Founded in 1908, The Congressional Club is a bi-partisan organization made up of primarily spouses of members and former members of Congress.
“Their main fundraising activity each year is the First Lady’s Luncheon,” Phil Gingrey said.
Billie Gingrey and her planning committee made all the arrangements for the luncheon presented at the Washington Hilton, honoring First Lady Michelle Obama. As part of her responsibilities, Billie chose the charitable beneficiary, Good Samaritan, which received a $25,000 donation.
“Good Samaritan’s mission is to ‘spread the love of Christ through quality health care to people in need,’” Billie Gingrey said. “This organization helps people meet their physical and spiritual needs. Everyone involved — from the board members to the medical personnel to the volunteers — exemplifies faith in action.”
Modeled after a center in Atlanta founded by Dr. Bill Warren in the late ’90s, general surgeon Dr. Jack Kennedy started the Cobb center with local pastor the Rev. Grant Cole. The center eventually hired medical director Dr. Larry Hornsby and dental director Dr. Stephen Hansard, as well as other important staff. Good Samaritan, a nonprofit, offers a comprehensive range of medical, dental, prescription and select social services for patients who cannot afford health care.
Phil Gingrey, who has served on Good Samaritan’s board of directors since 2006 and volunteers medical services at the center said, “These people (receiving health care at the center) are just like everybody else. They’re just good hardworking people that are struggling with life financially and they’re so grateful for the least thing. They can tell, I think, that I care and I can tell they’re grateful. There’s no better feeling in the world than that.
“It is one of the most gratifying things that I’ve ever done. I’ve never left (Good Samaritan) not feeling really good.”
The Gingreys have four grown children and 13 grandchildren. They moved to Marietta in July 1975 when Phil Gingrey joined Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates. He maintains an active medical license.
“Phil has been involved in this charity from the beginning and we’ve watched it grow from the ground up. Given Phil’s work with the clinic and the good they do in the community, we chose Good Samaritan as this year’s Congressional Club charity. There are many wonderful ministries in Cobb, but this one is especially close to our hearts,” Billie said.
To learn more about Good Samaritan, visit goodsamcobb.org.