Wesley Woods Annual 'Heroes, Saints and Legends' Lauds Community Commitment


Honorees David Allen, Lillian Budd Darden and Egbert Perry, awarded March 31

The Foundation of Wesley Woods hosted its 27th annual Heroes, Saints and Legends on Thursday, March 31. The heralded awards ceremony and seated dinner celebrates three Georgians who have made significant ongoing contributions to the community through their dedication to leadership, service and philanthropy. The evening’s festivities took place at the St. Regis Atlanta, and funds raised benefit Wesley Woods Senior Living’s’ independent living communities, which annually serve more than 1800 adults, as well as specially designated Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease research and education programs at Emory University.

This year’s Heroes, Saints and Legends Awards recipients include:
  • J. David Allen – Founding Chairman of the Georgia Natural Resources Committee for his committment to higher education and to conserving Georgia’s natural resources
  • Lillian Budd Darden – Former President, Foundation of Wesley Woods, for her commitment to older adults, family and faith
  • Egbert L. J. Perry – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Integral Group for his commitment to transforming communities for the benefit of all people
“We are honored to announce this year’s Heroes, Saints and Legends Award recipients,” says Foundation of Wesley Woods Executive Director Tracy L. Crump. “Through a lifetime of commitment to organizations that address Atlanta’s most pressing issues, they have and continue to help transform our community. They join an esteemed group of past honorees, including Rosalynn S. Carter, Andrew Young, Sam Massell, Shirley Franklin, Truett Cathy, Hank Aaron, Paul S. Amos, Herman J. Russell, Bill Bolling, Jesse and Azira Hill and numerous others. ”

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 of enabling graceful aging, Wesley Woods provides safe, affordable residential housing and support services for older adults in Georgia. It currently operates nine residential communities, including 5 HUD communities, in Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Blairsville and Newnan.

For more information, please visit www.wesleywoods.org or follow the Foundation of Wesley Woods on Facebook and Twitter.