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Community Leaders to be Celebrated at Wesley Woods 30th Annual Heroes Saints & Legends Gala


J. Neal Purcell, Ray M. Robinson and Lyn & Dr. Bob Turknett to be Honored at Fundraiser to Help Older Adults Age with Grace, Dignity and Purpose at Foundation of Wesley Woods Gala Slated for March 2019

Prominent Georgians who all share a commitment to helping older adults live independently longer, with a higher quality of life, will be honored at the 2019 Heroes, Saints & Legends gala presented by the Foundation of Wesley Woods. The 2019 event will be the 30th anniversary of Heroes, Saints & Legends.

Financial services leader J. Neal Purcell, telecommunications industry executive Ray M. Robinson and leadership consultants Lyn & Bob Turknett will be honored at the annual event that celebrates Georgians who through their dedication to leadership, service and philanthropy have made significant ongoing contributions to the community.

The 2019 Heroes, Saints & Legends event will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Flourish by Legendary Events, 3143 Maple Drive Atlanta, Ga. 30305. The evening will benefit the over 1,800 older adults who live throughout Wesley Woods’ residential communities across North Georgia, as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease research at Emory University.

“For thirty years, Heroes, Saints & Legends has celebrated some of the most notable Georgians who continue to make an impact in the community and inspire us all to do the same,” said Tracy Crump, CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “It’s wonderful that as we mark this significant anniversary we once again have such distinguished honorees who truly make a difference for others and help make possible the life-changing work of Wesley Woods.”

“What could be better than celebrating this landmark anniversary by honoring these four role models who have paved the way for so many? Through this honor, they are also helping older adults age with grace, dignity and purpose” said Anne Boyd, event chair of Heroes, Saints & Legends. “We look forward to having the community join us as we all gather to shine a light on our 2019 honorees and to support the cherished seniors at Wesley Woods.

The 2019 Heroes, Saints & Legends honorees are:

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

“Heroes, Saints & Legends is a wonderful way to recognize the work Wesley Woods does for a part of our population that is often overlooked,” said J. Neal Purcell. “Older adults are a segment of our population that are underserved. Some of them have outlived their resources because perhaps they didn’t quite expect to have the challenges they are now facing. We all want to know, and want to believe that if we need it, Wesley Woods is there and can provide that kind of help.”

Mr. Ray M. Robinson, retired president, AT&T Southern Region
Recognized for his commitment to revitalizing the underserved and historic community of East Lake and its home as the host of the PGA Tour Championship.

“I’m surprised, honored and really thrilled to be recognized by the Foundation of Wesley Woods,” said Ray Robinson. “To me, reaching the 30th anniversary shows that people recognize that Wesley Woods has done so much for so many for so long. As the population ages, many of us are looking for a place where you can feel comfortable knowing that your loved ones are there. People recognize the good work that is being done at Wesley Woods and I’m pleased to be able to help others learn more about it.”

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 fundamentally believe that we are responsible for each other in this life,” said Lyn Turknett. “It makes a big difference to me that Heroes, Saints & Legends is a Foundation of Wesley Woods event because taking care of people that have a harder time with resources later in life is an extremely important thing to do.”

“Years ago, I was in private practice and quickly learned the role emotional support plays in healthy relationships,” said Dr. Bob Turknett. “One of the things I have noticed about Wesley Woods is that the emotional support is strong from staff to residents, residents to staff, peer to peer, and it is really exciting to be a part of that through Heroes, Saints & Legends.”

Last year, a sellout crowd of over 330 people attended the event commending the accomplishments of the 2018 honorees. Heroes, Saints & Legends raised a record-setting $358,825 for Wesley Woods’ ministry. On the night of the event alone, supporters donated over $60,000 to support the organization, helping hundreds of older adults to continue living in thriving communities of love.

Sponsorships and donations can be made today at https://www.foundationofwesleywoods.org/donate/. Tickets for the 2019 event will be available in February 2019.

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.

About the Foundation of Wesley Woods
The Foundation of Wesley Woods is where caring people give so everyone can age with dignity. It 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 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 https://www.foundationofwesleywoods.org or follow the Foundation of Wesley Woods at www.facebook.com/WesleyWoodsGAwww.Twitter.com/WesleyWoodsGA and www.Instagram.com/WesleyWoodsGA.

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