Volunteer Profile - Ben Brinson Ben Brinson
was born a twin in Hawaii, although he
lived in Germany, Washington and several other places, before finally settling in Augusta, Georgia where his
mother and all of his
siblings still live.He obtained his bachelors degree in marketing and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia.After graduating from law school he moved to Claxton, Georgia where he has practiced law for 25 years with the same firm, Callahan, Neville and Brinson.
Teri notes, "Ben
has always loved cooking.At home he
prepares all the meals and the children used to tell him he
needed to open a restaurant, so he
was a natural in the food truck."Ben
now attends all winter camps and is there every weekend during Spring Training.He
enjoys taking his
recipes from home and trying to convert them from serving 4 to serving 150+.
always goes the extra mile to make the meals special for the members.When we couldn't locate a grill in Ft. Mill
borrowed one from a local bank and pulled it behind a truck from Claxton, GA to Ft. Mill
puts a lot of thought into the meals and loves planning them.When he
is at a camp or on tour, it's like giving the cooks a vacation.He
takes care of it all!
isn't in the food truck cooking, he
is always looking for a way to improve it.Numerous times he
has come home to Teri from shopping with "goodies" for the food truck - new oven mitts, measuring spoons, spices, etc.He
was instrumental in making the contact and getting the materials for the walk in refrigerator that was donated for the food truck in 2000.In addition to his
famous cooking skills, he
has worked at our CityFest fundraiser selling beverages, shuttled people to airports, made doctor runs, written collection letters for the corps, and taken thousands of pictures for the corps.In addition, the corps' administration team will for the 3rd year in a row have Ben's motor home on the road all summer for their tour headquarters (a major expense savings!).
But, all of this is only part of the story of Ben Brinson
.In Teri's own words, "To me though, the most valuable asset to the corps has been his
support for his
has taken many late night phone calls during the summer from the children and me when we were tired, crying and just wanting to come home.He
has paid astronomical phone bills, and put thousands of miles on cars traveling back and forth to Ft. Mill
(not to mention the 12,000+ miles per year the corps puts on his
always was there to encourage us and push us forward.Ben
has spent several summers now alone as the children and I have traveled with the corps and yet, never has his
has worked for years representing the Department of Family and Children Services and most recently as a Juvenile Court Judge.
Thank you, Ben
, from BOTH of your families!