CNC to host Founder’s Dinner on August 29

Pictured above is Steve Stirling of MAP International.

From Special Reports

The local nonprofit Can’t Never Could is observing August as Founder’s Month and will hold its annual Founder’s Dinner on August 29, 2022, at the Newnan Centre.

This year’s speaker is Steve Stirling, president and CEO of MAP International, a Christian organization providing medicines and health supplies to those in need around the world so they might experience life to the fullest. Stirling was scheduled to speak at last year’s dinner but experienced some health issues, and Can’t Never Could board members said they are grateful he is now able to visit Newnan for the dinner.

“This is the largest fundraiser we have on a yearly basis, and we have not been able to gather with everyone for some time now,” said CNC Board Chair Kevin Daniell. “We look forward to having this event on the day that would have been Rob’s 51st birthday to celebrate with all of our friends.  The needs are constant, and CNC is grateful that we have been able to help do our part and follow Philippians 4:13—I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Stirling assumed his role at MAP International in mid 2014 after holding leadership positions in major corporations and nonprofit organizations including ChildFund International, Heifer International, Univera Life Sciences, Childhelp and World Vision U.S.

Stirling earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics at Cornell University and his MBA in Marketing and Finance at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, during which time he also studied international business in Paris, France. His book, The Crutch of Success, chronicles his early years in a Korean orphanage, his adoption into a large, loving family in Alaska, his battle against polio and his determination to succeed. Steve and his wife, Sook Hee, have two grown children.

The Founder’s Dinner will also mark the 51st birthday of CNC’s founder, the late Rob Estes of Newnan. On August 16, 2013, Rob was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. After the removal of a five-centimeter tumor in his right frontal lobe, he lost his battle on December 17, 2017, but not without a fight. As a result of this experience, Rob’s family realized the importance of faith, community, perseverance, and hope. They also realized the importance of helping others in their times of adversity. For this reason, they founded Can’t Never Could soon after his diagnosis. Because Rob was born on August 29, 1971— and Can’t Never Could was founded in August—CNC now honors the memory of its founder each August.

Can’t Never Could, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that is dedicated to helping individuals and groups who are facing adversity and personal battles. Through monetary donations, support, and faith in Jesus Christ, CNC aims to instill determination and hope in those who are experiencing these challenges. Can’t Never Could says it makes these contributions “with the desire to glorify Christ, who provides strength in all circumstances.” 

The name of the organization comes from Rob’s mother, Martha Ann Parks. When Rob was a child and would tell her he couldn’t do something, she would often reply, “Can’t never could.”

Tickets for the Founder’s Dinner are $85 each or $135 per couple. For tickets, event sponsorships, or other information about CNC, please visit

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