Hero. Activist. Trailblazer: an unforgettable evening and an unprecedented success!
Thank YOU for making Hero. Activist. Trailblazer: A Celebration of Bobbie Paul an unforgettable evening and an unprecedented success!
So many people had a hand in making this event successful, lively, inspiring and meaningful--Georgia WAND is a community of phenomenal people. Thank you for all you have done to honor Bobbie and the work of Georgia WAND!
The house was packed with more than 200 guests who enjoyed provocative poetry by Alice Lovelace, Theresa Davis and Louise Runyon; poignant "odes"; incredible music by Elise Witt and "the Wednesday Nights" hilarious skits performed by women and men and who’ve worked alongside Bobbie in the struggle; an impromptu speech by WAND's first southern organizer, Bobbie Wrenn Banks; and a stirring video tribute chronicling Bobbie’s work created by Bobbie's son, Andy with help from his brother, David, and their father, Bobbie's husband, Rod.
Some special surprises kept Bobbie--and the audience--on their feet all night. Cameo appearances included the big reveal of a cartoon custom-drawn for Bobbie by Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, City and the Senate legislative proclamations, from Council Member Kwanza Hall and Senator Nan Orrock, respectively; a garden sculpture titled "Swords into Ploughshares", and a tribute song from The Indigo Girls’ Emily Sailers.
Thanks to a strong show of support from the Georgia WAND community, we raised over $80,000 for the Bobbie Paul Living Legacy Fund! But it doesn't end there!! Out of what she stated as "utmost respect and appreciation for the Georgia WAND staff and for Bobbie", a generous Georgia WAND member has offered to match dollar for dollar every gift made until we reach our goal of $100,000!
You can still support the event and the fund! For those who attended and those who couldn't make it - please make a gift today and your gift will be DOUBLED until we get to $10,000. We are so close to our goal of $100,000! Help take us over the edge and help take Georgia WAND to the next level. Give today! (link)
Your continuing support helped us achieve the wins noted in the skits last night and our most recent wins: stopping 75,000 tons of high level radioactive waste from being dumped at the Savannah River Site, being well on our way to finally putting dirty, dangerous Mixed Oxide Plutonium fuel to bed and many more - and it helps us continue our collective work to rid the world of nuclear weapons, build bridges across diverse communities, and use a creative, artistic lens to drive and power our programming.
Photos (c) Dee Nalam