Activists raise $200,000 to fight senior hunger

5/9/2014, 6 a.m.

Senior Connections, a Meals On Wheels agency in Metro Atlanta, announced Wednesday that its sold out Senior Prom event held on May 2nd raised over $200,000 to fight senior hunger.

Senior Connections provides essential home and community-based care that promotes senior independence,

“In one evening, our supporters helped provide 40,000 meals for seniors who don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said Debra Furtado, chief executive officer of Senior Connections. “Georgia is the 7th worst state for senior hunger. This is a great step toward closing the hunger gap for our senior neighbors.”

Supporters raised the $200,000 through a combination of corporate sponsorships, event tickets, silent auction sales and general donations. Proceeds will be used to fight senior hunger in Metro Atlanta and Middle Georgia, helping hundreds of local seniors.

David Ratcliffe, retired chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, was honored with the 2014 Community Connections Award. This award, established in 2009, recognizes older adults who have been and continue to be outstanding business and community leaders and have given back significantly to the communities where they live and work. Previous recipients include former Decatur Mayor Elizabeth Wilson, former DeKalb County CEO Liane Levetan, Fidelity Bank Chairman Jim Miller, and last year’s honorees, Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Silverman of Silverman Construction Program Management.

“I am proud to be honored by Senior Connections with the Community Connections Award,” said Ratcliffe in his program remarks. “My wife, Cecilia, and I are very concerned about senior hunger in our community. The work being done by Senior Connections to end it is something we applaud and support wholeheartedly.

The Beulah Boys, senior soul line-dancing group, ages ranging from mid-50s to mid-70s, wowed the audience and got them on their feet. Lee May, interim CEO for DeKalb County presented a proclamation to Mr. Radcliffe, declaring May 2, 2014 “David Radcliffe Day” in DeKalb County. Kevin Isakson, representing his father, Senator Johnny Isakson, read a special message to David Ratcliffe that appeared in the U.S. Congressional Record, for Mr. Ratcliffe’s contributions to the State of Georgia.

Sponsors for the event included presenting sponsor Fidelity Bank; Champion Sponsor Generation Mortgage; Defending Sponsors Silverman Construction Program Management, Georgia Power and United Distribution; and Advocate Sponsors SunTrust. Georgia Natural Gas and Troutman Sanders. Supporting Sponsors included Ernst & Young, Emory Alliance Credit Union, Brooks, McGinnis & Company, LLC, Humana and BNY Mellon.

Donations to help end senior hunger can be made to Senior Connections at www.seniorconnectionsatl.org/donate.