Wesley Woods to Honor 'Heroes, Saints & Legends' Next Month


Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby, Community Leaders Ann Q. Curry,  Bishop John H. Adams and Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams will be Honored at the Foundation of Wesley Woods Gala March 30

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 next Heroes, Saints & Legends gala presented by the Foundation of Wesley Woods. 

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby, Ann Q. Curry of Coxe Curry & Associates and Bishop John H. Adams and Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams will be honored at the event that celebrates Georgians who have made significant ongoing contributions to the community through their dedication to leadership, service and philanthropy. 

The Heroes, Saints & Legends event will be held on Thursday, March 30, at 6 p.m. at the St. Regis Atlanta. Funds raised will benefit Wesley Woods Senior Living's independent living communities, which serve more than 1,800 older adults annually, as well as specially designated Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease research and education programs at Emory University. 

"Heroes, Saints & Legends gives us all the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the tremendous work these wonderful people have done to improve the lives of so many others," said Tracy Crump, president & CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. "We look forward to having the public join us in honoring these individuals who help make possible the life-changing work of Wesley Woods." 

This year's Heroes, Saints & Legends honorees include: 

Hank M. Huckaby, Retired Chancellor of the University System of Georgia
Honored for his commitment to higher education, state and local civic leadership and service to the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

In May of 2011, the Board of Regents selected Hank M. Huckaby as the University System's 12th chancellor. He currently oversees 29 public colleges and universities with a $8.1 billion annual budget and more than 47,000 faculty and staff fulfilling the teaching, research and public service mission to 318,164 students.

Huckaby is active in The United Methodist Church and has held numerous positions at both the conference and national levels. A graduate of the Methodist-affiliated Young Harris College, he maintains ties to the school and serves as a trustee. Huckaby and his wife, Amy, are members of Athens First United Methodist Church. 

The Right Reverend John H. Adams, retired senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams, retired educator and civic leader
Honored for their commitment to civil rights, social justice and raising awareness in the African-American community around cognitive disorders affecting seniors.

John H. Adams was elected and consecrated the 87th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1972. He retired from active service at the 2004 General Conference after 54 years in ministry, with 22 years as a pastor and 32 years as a bishop, with 16 of those 32 years as senior bishop.
Long recognized as a creative coalition builder, Bishop Adams is founder of the Congress of National Black Churches (CNBC), founder of the Richard Allen Service and Development Agency (SADA), founder and chair of the Institute of Church Administration and Management (ICAM) in Atlanta, Georgia, the Educational Growth Organization (EGO) in Los Angeles, California, the Central Area Motivation Program in Seattle and chair of the Central Area Civil Rights Committee of Seattle, Washington.

In Georgia, Bishop Adams founded the Registry for Remembrance. The Registry is a special community and academic partnership to educate and recruit African Americans for long term research participation at the Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC).

Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams served in a variety of posts from preschool teacher to professor at the University of Michigan, Wilberforce University, Albany State College, Paul Quinn College, Howard University School of Law to the Interdenominational Theological Center. Her role as Episcopal Supervisor of the Women's Missionary Society (WMS) and the Ministers' Wives of the Tenth, Second, Sixth, Seventh and Eleventh Episcopal Districts covered a span of 32 years. Dr. Adams led the WMS, YPD and Ministers' Spouses into active participation in civic, religious, economic, political and social endeavors. 

Ann Q. Curry, chair and chief client strategist, Coxe Curry & Associates
Honored for her commitment to helping nonprofit organizations successfully realize their mission and drive community impact.

For more than 40 years, Ann Curry has played a leading role in development efforts aiding non-profits in Georgia. Campaigns Curry leads or has led for Coxe Curry & Associates include the $325 million Greater Grady campaign for the Grady Health Foundation, Spelman College's $150 million campaign, The Trust for Public Land's $150 million Chattahoochee land protection effort and the Piedmont Park Conservancy's $41.2 million expansion of the Park. She currently consults with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Berry College and the Westside Future Fund.

Past Heroes, Saints & Legends honorees include former First Lady Rosalynn S. Carter, former Atlanta Mayors Andrew Young, Sam Massell and Shirley Franklin, business and civic leaders Truett Cathy, Jesse Hill, Ingrid Saunders Jones and Paul S. Amos, Lonnie Ali, baseball legend Hank Aaron, and numerous others.

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 one-third of which live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings.