Celebrating Fulton Co. Centenarians

Fulton Co. Commissioner Rob Pitts recently honored last month, on February 23, two grand divas of Atlanta, Mother Lucille Cain and Mother Mary Hughes, respectively, who each celebrated their birthday at the Friendship Community Church in southwest Atlanta, on Old Fairburn Road. While Mother Hughes (at right) entered the exclusive Centenarian's club by turning 100, Mother Cain, on the other hand, turned 105 years old.

(SPECIAL PHOTO BY SANDRA SHIELDS HIGHTOWER)


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Annual Diamond Awards Weekend Announced

ATLANTA—The Not Alone Foundation, Inc. (NAF), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance and educational and medical resources for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients and their families, announces The 4th Annual Diamond Awards presented by The Coca-Cola Company. The annual gala will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the JW Marriott located in Buckhead.

The Diamond Awards is a program designed to honor faces and images of excellence in the entertainment, corporate and creative industries for their professional accomplishments and contributions to our society on a local, state, national or international level. A subsidiary of NAF, it is the foundation’s largest fundraising effort. All proceeds from ticket sales are utilized to support the foundation’s mission.

“To see how far we’ve come in four years is tremendously inspiring,” says Mark Dodd, founder and CEO of The Not Alone Foundation, Inc., recalling humble beginnings at a community mega-church. “Last year, we awarded our first grant, which supported the recipient’s quest to be placed on the national kidney transplant list. None of this would have been possible without the steadfast support of our honorees, sponsors and attendees,” he continues. “Such display of humanitarianism only gives us the motivation to carry on this valuable work. Kidney disease is emotionally taxing and financially draining. Being able to save but one life is all the hope we need.”

The gala will be hosted by dynamic Grammy Award-winning music icon Dionne Warwick, who will close the show with a special performance. Warwick is the recipient of the Diamond Awards 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s honorees are: Curley Dossman, president of Georgia-Pacific Foundation; Dr. Helene Gayle, CEO of CARE, Inc.; Dr. Billy Hayes, CEO of Northside Hospital; Xernona Clayton, CEO and founder of Trumpet Awards; Valarie Pettiford, Tony Award-winning actress; Anna M. Horsford, actress; Tracey Edmonds, entertainment executive; Salli Richardson-Whitfield, actress; Rolonda Watts, actress; Dr. Harold Wade, education executive; Dr. Lisa Masterson, former TV personality from TV series The Doctors; Beverly Johnson, first African American super model; Crystal Fox, actress; Cas Sigers, literary; Charlene Dance, global marketing director of Strength of Nature Global Community Relations.

The Not Alone Foundation relies on donations from private foundations, businesses and individuals to serve its mission. The goal of the organization is two-fold: to help adult ESRD patients become members of the official kidney transplant list and to support the families of children and teens suffering from ESRD.

Mark Dodd is CEO and Chairman of the Not Alone Foundation. A Morehouse College graduate, Dodd was diagnosed with kidney disease while matriculating and faced difficulties in his efforts to be placed on the official transplant list. The Not Alone Foundation, Inc. is a testimony of his dedication to create change and save lives. He is on dialysis eight-and-a-half hours every day.

The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, offering more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, the company’s portfolio features 16 billion-dollar brands, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, Powerade and Minute Maid.

For more information, including a full list of all performers and presenters and to purchase tickets, visit https://thenotalonefoundation.org.


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Amendment Scholarship Essay Competition Launched

Atlanta, GA—The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association announced the launch of its 7th Amendment Scholarship Essay Competition. Designed to recognize college-bound high school seniors who exhibit a keen awareness of the societal and judicial value of the 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury and Georgia’s Civil Justice System, the Scholarship Essay Competition will ask applicants to address the following question:

Since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, the 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury has been the cornerstone of the Civil Justice System. And yet, in the two-plus centuries since, the Right to Trial by Jury has been under near-constant assault. In your opinion, what role does the 7thAmendment play in the 21st Century, and why do you believe that it is important to safeguard this Right?

“We are thrilled to offer this scholarship opportunity and to recognize some of Georgia’s best and brightest students,” remarked Emily Wring, Executive Director of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. “Through this competition, students from every corner of our state will be able to take what they have learned about the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution and apply it to today’s legal, social and political climates. It is our hope that, through this one-of-a-kind opportunity, they will expand and reaffirm their belief in the Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury.”

To apply for the 7th Amendment Scholarship Essay Competition, interested students should submit their completed application and essay to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association no later than April 7th, 2014. A $1,000 Grand Prize and $500 First Runner-Up will be recognized at GTLA’s Annual Convention. Each one-time scholarship is non-renewable, and checks will be issued jointly to the educational institution and the recipients.

For more information on the 7th Amendment Scholarship Essay Competition and to view the 2014 Application, please visit www.gtla.org/scholarship.

Founded in 1956, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) is dedicated to strengthening and upholding Georgia’s Civil Justice System and protecting the rights of Georgia citizens and consumers


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