Lillian Darden received the prestigious Chandler Budd Award awarded annually to an individual who has helped the home for a number of years. Darden has worked with the group for many years as a volunteer and board member.
She is the daughter of the Rev. Chandler Budd, who helped the Marietta District of the United Methodist Church acquire the land on which the facility sits.
Darden is the former president of the Foundation for Wesley Woods, created to help ensure that health care services remain available to seniors in Georgia. The foundation also provides care and research in the areas of Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease and age-related depression.
She is married to George “Buddy” Darden, who was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Georgia’s 7th District from 1983 to 1995. He was also a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and the Cobb County District Attorney. Buddy is a partner in the Atlanta law firm of McKenna, Long, and Aldridge.
Mountain Top Boys Home is a nonprofit faith-based and community-supported organization providing housing, counseling and guidance for troubled or disadvantaged boys from 10 to 17 years of age. It is located in Sugar Valley near Calhoun. The facility sits on 488 acres adjoining the Chattahoochee National Forest. For more information, visit www.mountaintopfamilyservices.org.
Kennesaw State University Tellers and the Georgia Symphony Jazz Ensemble provided entertainment. A silent auction was held that included unique masquerade masks donated by Southeastern artists, including Robert Miller, Dianne Isakson, Libby Matthews, Susan Seydel Cofer, Linda Flournoy and Lisa Rossbacher.
Melissa Fay Greene received the Jim & Carol Ney Literary Award. JoAnn Birrell chaired the event.
Among the attendees were JoAnn and Dave Birrell, Tonya Boga, Wallace Coopwood, Helen and Len Goreham, Doug Hooker and Patrice Perkins-Hooker,Tim Lee, Mary Ellen and David Leffard, Mary Long, Mazi and Elin Mazloon, Jean and Brian McAulay, Carol and Jim Ney, Judy Ott and Bob Ott and Betsy and Woody Thompson.
Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.