Atlanta Leaders to be Celebrated as Heroes Saints & Legends

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Prominent Georgians who all share a commitment to helping older adults live independently longer, with a higher quality of life, will be honored at this month's Heroes, Saints & Legends gala presented by the Foundation of Wesley Woods.

Former 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, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the St. Regis Atlanta, 88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. 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:

The Right Reverend John H. Adams, retired senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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; founder of the Richard Allen Service and Development Agency; founder and chair of the Institute of Church Administration and Management in Atlanta, Georgia; the Educational Growth Organization in Los Angeles, California; and, 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. Established in 2008 with support from the National Institutes of Health, the RfR serves as the cornerstone of the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s effort to reduce the stigma and threat of clinical trial participation for women and minorities. The registry was built on the combined strengths of a network of black churches, Bishop Adams and respected elders in the Atlanta African-American community as a catalyst to prove that an academic-community partnership with trusted leaders enhances recruitment and retention of African Americans for brain-related research.  

+ 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 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.  

She served for four years as national president of The Links, Inc., and The Links Foundation, Inc., and five years as national president of the Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. In addition, Adams served on the board of directors of the United Negro College Fund, Paul Quinn College Foundation, the Southern University Foundation and the sisters of Charity Foundation. Adams now serves on the board of directors of the Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., the WMS Foundation and the Links, Inc.

From 1982-86, Adams was cited as one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans” by Ebony Magazine, and Dollars & Sense Magazine named her as one of the “Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women” 1986 and 1987.

Ann Q. Curry, chairman 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.

Hank M. Huckaby, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia (Retiring in 2016)

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 oversaw 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.