Giving Thanks Dinner 2016
We had such a wonderful time at our Giving Thanks Dinner this year! After such a divisive election cycle, it was so great to hear from our speakers, Terry Walker & Leanne Rubenstein, and be reminded that we each have support in our community, and that we will come together and not let the divisiveness that the media and political climate encourages get the better of us. Thank you to all of those who came out, we are blessed to have you in our community.
Atlantic Institute will hosted its 3rd annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Holiday Inn - Roswell on Thursday, November 17, 2016.
The evening began with some opening words from Atlantic Institute, followed by guest speakers Terry Walker, Director of Chapel Relations for the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College and Leanne Rubenstein, Executive Director of Compassionate Atlanta. After the featured speakers, we had live music, composed by Onur, and A delicious Thanksgiving meal!
About the speakers:
Terry Farrell Walker, Sr. is the Director of Chapel Relations at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College. He is an ordained Baptist minister guided by an ecumenical spirit and an interfaith perspective. He serves as a board member for several non-profits and consults in areas of fundraising and organizational development. Terry earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Morehouse College, including serving as Student Director of the famed Morehouse College Glee Club, Master of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where he also helped launch the Youth Theological Initiative and worked as Assistant Director, and has completed additional graduate work in philanthropic studies at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University where he also earned the Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School. Personal and professional interests include: philanthropy and the African American community; the role of the Church in community development and social justice; strengthening marriages and families; personal family genealogy; and music. He is also known as “Tumelo” (Sotho and Tswana) which means “faith” or “man of faith” conferred upon him during a trip to South Africa in 2005. He is married to Donna E. Thomas Walker, the father of three children, and grandfather of nine children.
Leanne Rubenstein, Executive Director of Compassionate Atlanta, is originally from South Africa. She grew up in Atlanta as part of a close knit immigrant family. Over the past 20 years, Leanne has dedicated her career to creating healthier, more vibrant and welcoming communities for all. Leanne served as the Associate Director of a refugee resettlement agency in Atlanta resettling over 500 refugees annually, as well as providing emergency response programming to individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina and the massive earthquake in Haiti. Leanne is invested in uplifting the voices and experiences of marginalized communities locally, nationally and globally.
Follow Leanne on Twitter: @collectively_LR
*Photos in gallery coutrtesy of Nassar Madyun!