Meet Your 2015 Legacy Award Honorees

Maria Howell
Advocate and Board Member of - Founded by Mary Torrence.

A non profit organization dedicated to helping high school students without mothers help themselves by empowering them to continue their education. Maria has a real passion to help them and you will find out why this is so important to her when she speaks on our stage at the summit.

Maria is an accomplished and talented chanteuse, representing a new breed of interpreter in the theatre of song. Song stylist in her own right, Maria Howell has shared the musical stage with artists like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh. Like Howell, her music is a
collective of sultry, soulful, smooth tones. She not only combines sounds such as R&B with jazzy punctuations, she evokes an international flavor into her flambé of recordings.

She is also a talented actress with many TV and movie credit to her name. Her earliest film performance was as the choir soloist in the movie, "The Color Purple". Her rendition of "God Is Trying to Tell You Something" was memorable, but the offerings of the Maria we know today, are also truly unforgettable. She played Seeder (District 11 Victor), in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, as well as a recurring cast member on the NBC Hit TV series, “Revolution”, and Lifetime's "Devious Maids". Other credits to her name are, MTV's "Finding Carter", "The Good Lie", starring Reese Witherspoon. Upcoming projects for 2015 include the USA TV series, "Complications"and feature film "Sons 2 The Grave", directed by Mykelti Williamson (Bubba in Forrest Gump).

Jordan Foxworthy
you may know her father, Jeff.
Is a super star in her own right as a student and full time philanthropist giving young people inspiration to do the same while she helps children around the globe. and are just a few of the non profits she shares her time and talents with in a big way. Jordan’s trip to Kenya when she was 14 years old inspired her to do what she could as a teen to fight malaria halfway across the world. After a trip to Kibera, Jordan teamed up with Compassion International to develop the Bite Back Campaign, an initiative that raises money and awareness for the disease. Jordan has raised $500,000 for the cause. She’s used Facebook and other social networking tools to challenge teens to donate $10 to purchase a mosquito net. Jordan encourages her peers “bite back” against the bug that kills more African children than HIV/AIDS.

Jordan is currently the assistant producer of "Imba Means Sing" which is the intimate character portrait and enchanting journey of Angel, Moses, and Nina - three children growing up in the slums of Uganda, who get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the world with the GRAMMY-nominated African Children's Choir, raising support to put themselves through college.

I know you will love meeting her at the summit as she is sure to be AWE- INSPIRING!

I love her quote on her Twitter page: "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."

Judy Calland
Philanthropist Extraordinaire
Judy is an extremely passionate philanthropist with a huge heart for others especially for women and children causes. Calland says: "My large family afforded many Aunt and Godmother relationships which I cherish deeply and for which I have reason to pursue my work in stopping child sexual exploitation and abuse." Atlanta is the No. 1 trading point for sexual slavery in America. Between 100 and 200 girls are sold into slavery in Atlanta every month. We MUST SAVE OUR GIRLS!!

Judy has fostered four Native American girls through the Christian Children’s Fund and is godmother to four of her best friends children. She is a member of Perimeter Church, Johns Creek GA since 2001 and currently serves on the Justice Team Ministry to Stop Child Exploitation and Trafficking. She was a member of the Women's Alliance which led to community service projects such as building Habitat for Humanity homes, Salvation Army Angel Tree, and supporting Soroptimist International of Atlanta since 1992 where she served as club Treasurer, Secretary, VP, President, Director; and Southern Region District III Director. Judy also served on region and club committees; including Chair of Women’s Opportunity Awards, Violet Richardson, Women’s Opportunity, Ruby Awards, Making A Difference For Women, Women of Distinction, Live Your Dream awards as well as on Ways & Means and Live Your Dream Event Planning Committees.

Barbara Riley
Founder of the Amanda Riley Foundation in honor of her daughter Amanda

A SMILE takes just a moment, but the memory of it lasts a lifetime. That is what the Amanda Riley Foundation is all about ... bringing SMILES to children battling cancer. Our foundation was established back in 2010 to honor the memory of Amanda Riley who lost her life to cancer at the tender age of 17.

Amanda was best known for her beautiful contagious smile and even though she is gone, her smile lives on through the faces of the children we support.

We work tirelessly each day to brighten the lives of children battling as Amanda did. We hope to accomplish this by providing them with special items that will comfort and distract them as they go through their cancer treatment. These items include stuffed animals, toys, electronics and gift cards to name a few. We give these gifts when they need it the most while they are in the midst of their battle, during their toughest times. Our goal is to bring them a little joy during their darkest hours, hopefully taking their minds off of having cancer. We also lend a limited amount of financial assistance to parents of these children in an effort to ease some of the burdens associated with having a child with cancer.

In addition to our direct support program, we work with Children's Health Care Of Atlanta (CHOA) at Scottish Rite to lend weekly support to all inpatient children. We provide, among other things, weekly meals, snacks and goody bags. We also sponsor families at Christmas, providing gifts for the entire family because we know when a child has cancer, the entire family has cancer. This past year we sponsored 74 children.

Want to learn more about our foundation and how YOU can help bring a smile to a child battling cancer?

Lori A. Manns
Founder & President, Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc.

With a strong passion for philanthropy, Lori enjoys not only giving back but paying it forward. She is the founder and president of Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc.(LHTYF) and has been a community volunteer and fundraiser for several charities for over 20 years. LHTYF is an Atlanta based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and promoting children’s health to help them avoid obesity, diabetes and hypertension . Lori’s personal mission is to empower youth to lead healthier lifestyles so they are positioned to be better leaders of tomorrow.

In just 4 short years Manns has led LHTYF to give over $11,000 in scholarships to high school students for college and donated new vegetable gardens to five Atlanta area elementary schools impacting thousands of children.

Although Lori enjoys philanthropy, she is also a small business owner. As CEO of Quality Media Consultant Group, Lori's expertise is helping small business grow revenue. Quality Media Consultant Group is a business consultancy firm specializing in sales, marketing and media strategies that help businesses experience increased clientele, brand visibility and revenue. Throughout her career, Lori has worked with small business owners as well as Fortune 500 companies to market and promote popular brands like; Coca Cola, SunTrust, AARP and Walgreen's to name a few. Lori is a national speaker and enjoys educating and empowering entrepreneurs on best practices to increase their sales and enjoy profitable businesses.

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