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"Pearls of Wisdom" Gala is a Success


The Gerontology Alumni Club's first "Pearls of Wisdom" Gala raised over $16,000 benefiting the Gerontology Alumni Scholarship Fund. This brings the endowed alumni scholarship funds to $70,000 making possible seven scholarship awards to students beginning the Gerontology Institute's new master's degree this fall.

The gala was held the evening of April 24 at the Roswell Woman's Club Showcase Home, Prestwick Manor, located in the elegant and unique Glenayre community. Guests toured the Showcase Home with more than 30 rooms and spaces decorated by the metropolitan area's talented interior designers and enjoyed an evening of fine dining and entertainment.

We would like to thank those who made the gala possible: the guests who attended the gala and made the evening memorable, the host committee who assured the success of the event, the gala sponsors and donors who supported the fundraising efforts, and the event planning committee for their creative ideas and hard work. We want to express grateful appreciation to Miriam and Gordon Sherman, honorary chairs of the gala, Betty Van Gerpen, chair of the host committee, and Laura Hamling, chair of the planning committee. Others serving on the planning committee were Patrice Earnest, Ginny Helms, Catherine Ivy, Mary Jowers, Mary MacKinnon, Pam Matheson, Rebecca Stahr, Debra Vennes, and Frank Whittington.

We are grateful to our sponsors and donors for their support: Presenting Sponsors, Beth and Mike Kenny; Gold Sponsors, Menders, Inc. and Laura Hamling, Jenny Pruitt & Associates Realtors; Silver Sponsors, Crawford Care Management, Elmcroft of Roswell, and Personal Care, Inc.; Friends in Wisdom, American Classic Realty, Bell & Associates Planning, Russell and Patrice Earnest, Georgia ElderCare Advisors, Ginny Helms, Joseph and Joyce Horsley, Jason and Laurie Jeffay, Landmark Diner, Legacy Limousine, Lifespring Environs, Inc., and Trimark Health Services.

Donors include Architectural Signing, Inc., Dr. Elizabeth Burgess, Brown Jewelers, Angelyn and Neal Chandler, Gail Daniels, Kelly and Creighton Frommer, Bob and Beth Hamilton, Catherine Healey, Eleanor Helms, Dr. Carolyn Kee, Marcia Klenbort, Dr. Elizabeth Neeley, Dr. Alan Richmond, Charles and Katie Silva, SSS Silverware, Debra Vennes, Cathleen Wheatley, Virginia Wilder, and Charles Willis.