Plans are underway for the 28th Annual 11Alive Community Service Awards, honoring 11 outstanding individuals who embody the human spirit and a selfless devotion to making our world a better place.
11Alive News Anchors, Brenda Wood and Wes Sarginson will host the black-tie Dinner and Awards ceremony which will be held on April 8th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Atlanta. The man who brought the world to Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics, Billy Payne, will serve as Dinner Chair.
Former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn, will serve as Honorary Chairs. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Christian City, a non-profit, non-denominational organization that provides for the needs of children and senior citizens.
Each Community Service Award winner will be featured in a one-hour special to be aired on WXIA-TV, 11Alive in April.
The 2003 11Alive Community Service Award winners are as follows:
Alexandra M. Allen, for founding Camp Kudzu, which provides diabetic children a life-changing camp experience here in Georgia
Kenneth J. Atkinson, who has served tirelessly as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, working as the Disaster Action Team Captain
Paul Allen Bowen, for founding the Shepherd Center's Breakfast Club Feeding Program, which enables patients to socialize with caring, compassionate people
Octavia Brown, for founding A Rare View, Inc., which helps inmates recognize their own capabilties and trains them for employment prior to their release
Ruby and Ruth Crawford, twins, whose work for the past 50 years includes touching the lives of students, senior citizens, the sick, and the hungry
Robert Hanson, who has unselfishly been a role model and mentor for hundreds of homeless children in Metro Atlanta
Robert L. Johnston, for the development of the Atlanta Apartment Association's Food-A-Thon and his success with food drives across the nation
Oliver J. Keller, for founding GA Wilderness Institutes, and several other organizations across the nation, where young offenders can receive counseling and rehabilitation
Mary Jane Kettler, who has devoted countless hours as a volunteer for over 14 years with the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and the Genesis Shelter
Dr. Sheldon Licenberg, for founding Pink Ribbons, a fashion show benefiting breast cancer and featuring survivors, as well as for his medical mission efforts in Ecuador.
The prestigious Boisfeuillet Jones Award will be presented to Dorothy Fuqua for her leadership and dedication in the areas of healthcare, horticulture and education. Her volunteer contributions are reflected in the Therapy Gardens at Skyland Trail Health and Education Center, the Dorothy Fuqua Conservatory, the Fuqua Orchid Center at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the Fuqua Heart Center at Piedmont Hospital.