Thursday, January 14, 2010

Member Spotlight

All of us on the Trust staff consider ourselves privileged to have as dedicated and conscientious an advocate as Sheffield Hale. Sheffield's twenty years of activism on the Trust's behalf have been highlighted by his lengthy and successful tenure on the Board and his great work as Board Chairman. We are pleased to report that the Trust's upcoming 26th Annual Preservation Gala is being held in honor or Sheffield and his wife, Elizabeth, a fitting tribute to a couple who have worked so diligently and loyally on the Trust's behalf for many years.

In recent days, Sheffield has endeavored to alert the public to the perilous situation of Atlanta's own Morris Brown College campus, formerly Atlanta University, one of the Trust's 2010 Places in Peril. His thought-provoking op-ed presented a plan for the abandoned campus that is practical and appropriate- using it as an operational center for the proposed Center for Human and Civil Rights.

When he is not waging his tireless campaign on the Trust's behalf, Sheffield devotes himself to his post as Chief Counsel for the American Cancer Society. A veteran attorney and committed servant to Atlanta, in 2001 the Georgia State Bar honored Sheffield with the Chief Justice Robert Benham award for his community service. Sheffield currently serves on the boards of The Georgia Trust, The Arch Foundation for the University of Georgia, Central Atlanta Progress and Atlanta Landmarks, Inc., among others.

There are a special few among us who are true stewards to their communities and their neighbors, and under their care, those they advocate for truly flourish. Sheffield Hale is a public servant in the truest sense, and The Georgia Trust thanks him.

If you are interested in attending the Trust's Preservation Gala at the incomparable Goodrum House you can register online or call Mary Railey Binns at 404-785-7812. If you are interested in working to save Morris Brown College, please contact Jordan Poole.

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