A clarion call is going out this July to nominate the 2012 Strong, Smart & Bold inspirational women of all ages in Atlanta to receive the annual metro awards at a luncheon Aug. 24 at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North hotel in Sandy Springs.
Nominees will be recognized by Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta for their contributions in inspiring local girls to become self-sufficient, responsible and economically empowered as they grow into adulthood.
Both nominees and winners will be recognized. Co-chairs Judy Bowers and Monica Moore said their committee has created a streamlined nominating process so it is easy for anyone to take a few minutes out of his or her busy schedule to name a deserving Atlanta woman by July 15.
“We do not want to wait until a woman is at the pinnacle of her career to recognize her contribution in making a difference in our community,” Girls Inc. CEO Heather S. Rocker said. “Inspiration isn’t a certain age. It doesn’t need a fancy title or a hefty paycheck. Inspiration needs a plan, a focus and a special woman to make great things happen. We look to the Atlanta area community to help us recognize deserving, women who are inspiring young girls today with our Strong, Smart & Bold awards.”
Girls Inc. is a gender-specific, youth-serving nonprofit providing research-based programs helping girls overcome the effects of gender inequity and to become self-sufficient, responsible and economically empowered women.
Since its inception in 1976, it has partnered with 50 schools to implement programs for about 100,000 girls between ages 16 and 18 to encourage them to make strong, smart and bold decisions and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. The goal is to improve their life outcomes — inspiring them to be strong (healthy), smart (educated) and bold (independent).
Nominations, reservations and information: (678) 686-1740, ext. 206 or visit www.girlsincatl.org.
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Marathon enthusiasts are signing on to a new fundraising collaboration based in the Atlanta area. Interested runners sign up for a Team Challenge program with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Georgia chapter and rev up to join teammates and participate in special races across the country as they help raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit’s mission to find a cure for the debilitating diseases.
June and July start the recruiting program for interested women runners to join the Team Challenge and participate in the Lady Speed Stick Nashville Half Marathon scheduled for Sept. 22 in Tennessee. The race starts and finishes at the Country Music Hall of Fame and hosts a street party in downtown Nashville.
Runners committed to the Georgia team to raise funds for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis research will be offered transportation to the Nashville event, accommodations, race entry fees, admission to entertainment and the opportunity to share a life-changing experience with a group of caring individuals.
Prior to the September race, a 16-week endurance training program on weekends at metro Atlanta venues will help Georgia runners build strength for national races.
“Our team of professional coaches will offer ongoing free clinics on fitness, injury prevention, nutrition and other relevant topics to registered runners to help everyone succeed on race day and beyond,” said Angel Whitworth, the foundation’s senior endurance manager.
Following September’s event, the next Team Challenge will be training both women and men for the Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon Dec. 2 on the Las Vegas strip in Nevada.
The foundation’s mission is to find cures for the two devastating inflammatory bowel diseases and along the way improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The foundation ranks third among leading health nonprofits across the county in the percentage of funds devoted to research toward a cure — more than 83 cents of every dollar raised.
Registration and information: (404) 982-0616, ext. 213 or visit www.ccfa.org/chapters/georgia.