On Thursday, August 11, LSG staff, supporters, volunteers, donors, and clients gathered at Heritage Sandy Springs to celebrate community heroes at the 9th Annual Heroes of Hope Gala.
Attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner, drinks, live music, and silent auction featuring items and experiences donated by approximately 50 companies and individuals. Deidra Dukes, weekend anchor for Fox 5 Atlanta, served as emcee for the evening's program.
During the presentation, LSG’s client Monica Sherriff shared her story. Monica spoke of her journey from war-torn Liberia, where she suffered torture that left her blind, to resettlement in Georgia to becoming a U.S. Citizen. Monica moved the crowd as she expressed her appreciation for LSG and its staff and volunteers and her love of the United States.
Jacqui Williams, a program manager at LSG, shared stories from her experiences working with clients in LSG’s Family Invention Services program. She recounted families who were successful in the program: families whose children had been removed from their home, but after completing LSG’s parenting education programs, improved their parenting skills and were reunited with their children.
LSG then presented the 2016 Heroes of Hope awards to the Hilton Downtown Atlanta and Tyra Walker of Winshape Homes. Brad Koeneman, General Manager of the Hilton, accepted the award. He spoke about the Hilton’s positive experience hiring refugees and praised the partnership between Hilton and LSG. Tyra spoke of her work with children who are victims of circumstances and applauded LSG employees and board for their work with children in the Foster Care system.
Lutheran Services of Georgia wants to thank everyone who made this event possible: our staff, supporters, silent auction donors, sponsors, clients, and, of course, our Heroes of Hope. The event sponsor included Chik-fil-A, Publix Super Markets Charities, Thrivent Financial –the East Metro Team, CBIZ, Inc., Alston & Bird, LLC, Greystone Power and Konica Minolta.
More photos from the night are available on our Facebook page.