The annual Winter Luncheon of the 2011 Buckhead Girls Club was highlighted by inspirational remarks by guest speaker Ashley Smith Robinson, author of Unlikely Angel, and the presentation of the Buckhead Girls Club ‘Woman of the Year’ Award to Atlanta volunteer leader Sarah Kennedy. Chaired by Jenny Pruitt, founder of the Club whose membership includes women graduates of Buckhead and Northside high schools or area residents for 20 years or more, the event was held at the Cherokee Town Club.
(l-r) Caroline Duffy complimented guest speaker Ashley Smith Robinson, author of Unlikely Angel and who is holding her young son Cole, on her inspirational remarks at the Buckhead Girls Club Luncheon, and was echoed by Ms. Robinson’s aunt Kim Rogers. (Photo by Jamey Guy)
With dignity and courage, Ashley Smith Robinson recounted the journey that led to her fateful encounter with Atlanta’s infamous ‘courtroom killer’ Brian Nichols. During the seven hours she was held hostage by the most wanted criminal in America, Ashley recalled that she read to her captor passages from the Bible and the book, The Purpose Driven Life, shared her religious faith with him, and convinced him to surrender to authorities. Nichols responded to Ashley’s plea and called her ‘an angel sent from God.’
Among organizations to which Sarah Kennedy is dedicated are AADD (All About Developmental Disabilities), the Alzheimer’s Association and the Path Foundation. She spoke movingly of her involvement in AADD (All About Developmental Disabilities) and pointed to the organization’s services that enable Georgians with developmental disabilities the chance to lead a full life. AADD’s programs equips people with developmental disabilities, from genetic disorders to mental and physical impairment, to experience personal empowerment and become fully engaged in their family and community.