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Chairman of River Edge Foundation is Appointed Trustee Emeritus


Jay Bess, River Edge Communications: 478-803-7707 (office) 478.283.0138 (mobile) //


MACON - George M. Israel, III., former Mayor of Macon, has been appointed as Trustee Emeritus by the Board of Trustees of River Edge Foundation for his incredible contributions as Inaugural Chairman of the initial philanthropic efforts of the Foundation.  


Even prior to the Foundation’s inception, for years, Israel passionately advocated for services that support recovery for individuals challenged by substance use or mental health conditions and for supports that help individuals with developmental disabilities live meaningful lives in the community.  


River Edge Foundation Chief Advancement Officer, Sue Chipman, said “George Israel is an exceptional leader with the special ability to bring diverse groups of people together for a common cause!”   She continued, “Every day, George has lived the core purpose of the Foundation, sharing the River Edge story of hope to inspire giving to make life better. He has used his influence to help the Foundation grow and to secure major gifts toward building a new River Edge Recovery Center to serve our community.  We are so grateful.”  


Israel’s storied career included stints as Mayor of Macon from 1979 to 1987 and as Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce from 2002 to 2010.  


About River Edge Behavioral Health

The full continuum of River Edge Behavioral Health services provide state-of-the-art treatment and support services for nearly 10,000 children, youth, families and adults annually, who experience mental illness, addiction, co-occurring disorders or developmental disabilities. A repetitive national award winner identified for its exemplary leadership by its international accrediting body, River Edge services extend throughout Georgia, including Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Wilkinson and Fulton Counties. Learn more at For help, call 478-803-7700 in Central Georgia or 404-665-8600 in Fulton County. 


About the River Edge Foundation

The River Edge Foundation, an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, raises private funds to help make life better for individuals who experience mental illness, addiction or a developmental disability, especially individuals served and supported through the robust, community-based offerings of River Edge Behavioral Health.  The Foundation strives for excellence in fundraising, investing, stewarding contributions and assets, governing the Foundation, as well as forming lasting and mutual beneficial relationships with community partners, constituencies and stakeholders.