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

With a strong passion for philanthropy Ms. Mann's enjoys giving back. She has been a community fundraiser for various Atlanta charities and is the founder and president of Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc., an Atlanta based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and promoting children’s health. Lori’s personal mission is to empower youth to lead healthier lifestyles so they are positioned to be better leaders for the next generation.

Lori Manns is CEO of Quality Media Consultant Group, a business consultancy firm specializing in media strategies that help businesses experience increased clientele, brand visibility and revenue. Lori is a marketing and sales coach as well as business strategist that helps corporations and small business owners to grow their businesses by utilizing magnetic marketing strategies and soulful sales solutions. Lori is a strategic media buyer and proficient in placing advertising campaigns across all platforms including: TV, radio, Internet, print, direct mail and outdoor advertising.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Auburn University in Montgomery and is a graduate of the 2010 Class of Leadership Dekalb. Her professional affiliations include; National Sales Network, Dekalb Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Dekalb and National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). In her spare time, Lori volunteers for such organizations as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Hosea Feed the Hungry, American Cancer Society and the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children, Inc.

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