Blake Hawkins, Owner of The Hail Mary Sports Pub and Ginger Couch of The Benton House

May 17, 2012

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Blake Hawkins is a North Georgia native!  He went to the University of Georgia, then later to Florida State.  After graduation, Blake spent a number of years with Florida’s Lee County Recreation Department, then moved back to his native Georgia to work for Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation.  About five years ago, Blake fulfilled a lifelong dream of going into business with a group of investors to open a local Sports Bar in downtown Grayson, The Hail Mary Sports Pub.  Blake says the name came from the notion that the investors put all their money into this venture, kind of like throwing up a “Hail Mary” pass in a football game.

During his time at Gwinnett County, Blake became acquainted with Gary Galloway and Gwinnett County Senior Services through a number of cooperative events.  Serving the seniors of Gwinnett County is important to Blake, particularly as he deals with care issues for his own parents. 

To that end, Blake is proud to host the Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services 4th Annual Shrimp & Crawfish Boil this coming Saturday, May 19.  The event will be from 4pm to 7pm at The Hail Mary Sports Pub, located at 1950 Grayson Highway.  Tickets are $25 ($15 for designated drivers), and are likely to sell out.  To reserve your tickets, please call (770) 963-0205.  Bring your appetite, and we’ll see you there!

From the other end of Atlanta, Ginger Couch is also a Georgia native!  Growing up in South Fulton County, Ginger attended La Grange College for her undergraduate work, then went on to West Georgia College for her Masters.  To help with her college expenses, Ginger worked part time as an Activities Director in an assisted living community, as well as a Med Tech.  Like Blake, she also dealt with family aging issues as her family moved her grandmother into a community in Lithonia.

Today, Ginger is the Regional Director of Community Relations for the Principal Senior Living Group.  Principal Senior Living Group owns and operates five unique assisted living communities in the metro Atlanta area, including Douglasville, Newnan, Roswell, Covington and Stockbridge.  New communities are planned in the north metro area in the next year or so.  Most operate under the name Benton House.  They are unique in that they are designed around a central common area, with the doors of each unit opening into the common area.  This provides an enhanced sense of community.  To find out more, visit their website at, or send Ginger an email

We want to thank Griswold Home Care for sponsoring today’s show.  Griswold Home Care has been a preferred provider of high quality, affordable in-home senior care in Atlanta for 20 years.  Griswold Home Care has offices in more than 175 markets nationwide.