Wesley Woods Honors Four Iconic Atlanta Leaders as Heroes, Saints & Legends

Dan Curran / Kelly Harris  /  April 07, 2017

The Foundation of Wesley Woods is pleased to announce another successful Heroes, Saints & Legends gala, held recently at the St. Regis Atlanta. The prestigious awards ceremony celebrated four prominent Georgians who are transforming lives through a lifetime commitment to philanthropy, volunteerism and devotion to the community.

This year’s awards recipients were:

  • Bishop John H. Adams – senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (ret.) & Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams – educator & civic leader (ret.) – recognized for their involvement in civil rights, social justice and raising awareness in the African American Community around cognitive disorders affecting seniors.
  • Ann Q. Curry – chairman & chief client strategist of Coxe Curry & Associates – honored for her unique ability to connect people and causes by helping non-profit organizations successfully realize their mission and drive community impact.
  • Hank M. Huckaby – former chancellor of the University System of Georgia – recognized for his commitment to higher education, state and local civic leadership and service to the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

“I really want to applaud the Foundation of Wesley Woods and all of you for having the nerve and the audacity to include me in something called ‘Heroes, Saints and Legends’,” said Bishop John H. Adams. “I thank you for the admirable way that enlightened care for older people has been implemented at Wesley Woods. And I applaud you for the good work you continue to do.”

“I will always be grateful to Wesley Woods and to Miss Joyce Wilson,” said Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams, speaking of the administrator of Wesley Woods Towers where her mother lived. “I want to thank you for this honor and your service over and over again.”

“I have had an enormously lucky life, ever so lucky in who my parents were and the values they stood for. Lucky to have grown up in a home with my grandmother, who was my own hero, saint and legend,” said Ann Q. Curry. “Every day I go to work excited about the opportunities for service, for connections, for change and for better outcomes. And every few days or weeks I think of my grandmother’s charge that it was my duty to pay back all of the gifts and all of the luck. I hope she knows that I am giving it my all.”

“To receive an honor from any entity, particularly a Methodist entity, that bears the name Wesley is really humbling,” said Hank M. Huckaby. “I want to thank the Foundation of Wesley Woods because you are doing what Methodists have been expected to do ever since the days of John Wesley who is credited with saying ‘Do all the good you can, as long as you can, for as many as you can’.”

A sellout crowd of over 300 people attended the event commending the accomplishments of the 2017 honorees. Heroes, Saints & Legends raised more than $260,000 for Wesley Woods’ ministry, which serves over 1,800 older adults annually, as well as specially designated Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease research and education programs.

“The work of Wesley Woods is more important now as Georgia wrestles with having the fastest growing population of older adults in the country, without the number or the quality of resources to age well,” said Tracy Crump, president & CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “It’s a privilege to recognize these iconic leaders, all of whom credit an older adult for their accomplishments, as well as to raise awareness and funds to care for those who have cared for us.”

Donations in support of the mission of Wesley Woods are still being accepted at https://wesleywoods.thankyou4caring.org/heroes. Video highlights from the evening are available online at http://www.foundationofwesleywoods.org/your-impact/. Photos from the evening are available online at http://www.foundationofwesleywoods.org/events/heroes-saints-legends/.

For in-depth information about the 2017 honorees visit http://www.foundationofwesleywoods.org.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Wesley Woods offers housing and supportive services for older adults throughout North Georgia. More than 1,800 older adults, 75 percent of whom need financial assistance and over one-third of whom live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings.

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About the Foundation of Wesley Woods
The Foundation of Wesley Woods serves as the connection point between the generosity of supporters in the community and the practical, life-changing work of Wesley Woods. Through the philanthropic support of our generous community, older adults of all income levels, races and faiths have a caring community and live thriving lives full of independence and contribution. Through the Foundation, significant benevolence care is extended to those individuals who have outlived their financial resources in order that they may remain in their homes.

About Wesley Woods Senior Living
Wesley Woods Senior Living supports healthy aging by helping older adults live independently longer, with a higher quality of life, via resident-centered communities.  Founded in 1954 with the mission to assure all older adults age with grace, dignity and purpose, Wesley Woods provides safe, affordable residential housing and support services for older adults throughout North Georgia.  It operates 10 residential communities, including five HUD communities, in Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Blairsville, Roswell and Newnan.  More than 1,800 older adults, 75% of whom will need financial assistance and over 40% of which live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings.  Some communities also include a continuum of care, which includes independent living services, assisted living services, memory care and skilled nursing care.

For additional information, please visit http://www.foundationofwesleywoods.org or follow the Foundation of Wesley Woods at www.facebook.com/WesleyWoodsGA, www.Twitter.com/WesleyWoodsGA and www.Instagram.com/WesleyWoodsGA.

About Heroes, Saints & Legends
For 28 years, Heroes, Saints & Legends has honored individuals who through a lifetime commitment to philanthropy, volunteerism and devotion to the community have transformed lives. Heroes, Saints & Legends is noteworthy for  honoring community leaders as well as for  raising awareness around the challenges older adults face and how we can work together for solutions, so that  all older adults across North Georgia, regardless of their circumstances, can live independently longer, with a higher quality of life.

Funds raised through Heroes, Saints & Legends are used to ensure Wesley Woods Senior Living residents remain in their homes and receive all of the loving care they need for as long as possible.  Additionally, funds raised will also further research, education, early detection and intervention programs that contribute both to patient care and an eventual cure for both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

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