30th Anniversary of Heroes, Saints & Legends Raises Over $355,000 for Seniors

April 22, 2019

Four prominent Georgians who all share a commitment to helping older adults live independently longer, with a higher quality of life, were honored recently at the 30th annual Heroes, Saints & Legends gala presented by Wesley Woods.

A sellout crowd of over 350 people attended the event celebrating the accomplishments of the 2019 honorees who have transformed lives through a lifetime commitment to philanthropy, volunteerism and devotion to the community. Heroes, Saints & Legends raised a record-setting $355,532 for Wesley Woods’ ministry, which serves over 1,800 older adults annually.

“The impact our Heroes, Saints & Legends honorees have made on our community is humbling and inspiring,” said Terry Barcroft, president and CEO of Wesley Woods Senior Living. “We are privileged to have the opportunity to shine a light on them as they help new people learn about the critical work of Wesley Woods.”

“Wesley Woods is fortunate to be the focus of so many people, from all walks of life, who are passionate about what we do and the high-quality care we provide,” said Diane Vaughan, newly named president of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “Our residents who benefit from our Wellness and Pastoral care programs, as well as those helped by Benevolence assistance join me in thanking our honorees who helped raise funds for this essential Wesley Woods program.”

“Heroes, Saints & Legends gives people the opportunity to show their love and support for the work of Wesley Woods,” said Anne Boyd, Heroes, Saints & Legends event chair. “The record-setting amount raised this year is a testament to how our honorees have transformed lives and a tribute to the wonderful residents and staff of all 10 Wesley Woods communities.”

The 30th annual Heroes, Saints & Legends award recipients are:

Mr. J. Neal Purcell, retired vice chairman, audit – KPMG, LLP
Recognized for his commitment to a strong and healthy community through leadership in civic, corporate and United Methodist organizations.

“I have enjoyed many wonderful blessings in my life and had three wonderful careers,” said J. Neal Purcell. “Being honored by Wesley Woods is one of the highlights of my life because it gave me the opportunity to learn more about the organization and meet so many Wesley Woods residents. The real heroes, the real saints and the real legends are the people who contribute to help make the mission of Wesley Woods possible.”

Mr. Ray M. Robinson, retired president, AT&T Southern Region
Recognized for his commitment to revitalizing and uplifting underserved, underrepresented and historic communities.

“I am very grateful to Wesley Woods for honoring me in this way because of the part it played in my life, especially when it came time for caring for my wife’s grandmother,” said Ray Robinson. “We were very pleased at the care that she received, the consideration from the staff and that Wesley Woods helped us fulfill every obligation we had to her. I know, right now, my late wife and Mama Hattie are smiling down on us tonight.”

Ms. Lyn & Dr. Bob Turknett, co-founders and co-chairs, Turknett Leadership Group
Recognized for their commitment to assuring our community’s leaders lead with character and ethics while promoting mental health advocacy for all.

“I don’t think I have the words to express the gratitude I have for Wesley Woods for this honor,” said Bob Turknett. “We all need oxygen to live, but we also all need emotional support to thrive. It’s an honor to receive this recognition from Wesley Woods, which truly provides an environment and a culture where older adults can thrive.”

“It’s pretty humbling to receive an award with this kind of title,” said Lyn Turknett. “When I think of Wesley Woods and the work of the Foundation, I think of two people who impacted my life. My late mother was a Wesley Woods resident and it is good to know the Benevolence Care program would have been there had she needed it. It warms my heart that Wesley Woods provides such high quality care to people just like them.”

Donations in support of the mission of Wesley Woods may be made today at www.HeroGift.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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