Circle of Friends/ Living Water for Girls Hosts 15th Anniversary Gala Featuring Award-Winning Author & Playwright, Pearl Cleage!



“A Pearl for Our Girls” Awards and Benefit Gala will celebrate Circle of Friends
Celebrating Life, Inc.’s 15th anniversary of equipping and empowering women and girls to
live a life free of abuse. The gala will highlight the success of Circle of Friends’ most well-known program, Living Water for Girls and Living Water Learning Resource Center, which rescues and restores
victims of abuse and child sex trafficking.
The event will also pay tribute to Atlanta-based community and business leaders whose
contributions have helped provide survivors of violence and sex trafficking with a safe place
to heal, learn, and find hope for a better tomorrow.
The evening will conclude with a special “way forward” announcement by Lisa C. Williams,
Founder & CEO of Circle of Friends Celebrating Life, Inc.


Friday, September 12, 2014
6:30 PM Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM Awards Gala


The Dennard Conference Center at Atlanta Technical College
1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW. Atlanta GA, 30310
WHO: Lisa C. Williams - Circle of Friends Celebrating Life, Inc., Founder & CEO
Pearl Cleage - Best Selling Author & Award-winning Playwright
Isha Sesay - CNN International, Anchor & Correspondent
Hon. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta City Councilmember, District 11

Award Recipients:

Lori Billingsley – Coca-Cola North America, Vice President of Community Relations
Nina Hickson – City of Atlanta, Ethics Officer
Deborah Richardson – National Center for Civil & Human Rights, Executive Vice President
Michael Hollingsworth – Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Managing Partner
Michael Stoy – Mayor of Cochran, GA; Middle College of Georgia, Retired President
John Deushane – WXIA/The Networks of 11-Alive, President & General Manager
Robyn Miller – Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Attorney

Natosha Reid Rice – Habitat for Humanity International, Associate General Counsel
Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Associate Pastor, Women's Ministries
JP Beaty – Kelsher Communications, President
Kelly Smith Beaty – Kelsher Communications, Principal
Phyllis Stephens – Nationally Acclaimed Tapestry Artist
Joseph Calvo – Calvo Graphics, President
Suzanne Chrispen – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Anita Paye – Hope for Life Community Church, Co-Pastor
Todd Hicks – Allegiance Retirement Solutions, Founding Partner
Nathan Austhof – First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Sunday School Instructor
Kelleita Thurman – Atlanta Police Department, Detective

ADDITIONAL: Tickets for A Pearl for Our Girls are currently on sale for $75 here. Ticket sales
benefit the programs and services of Circle of Friends Celebrating Life, Inc.
Circle of Friends was created on September 12, 1999 with the mission to serve, empower and equip women to make a positive difference in the lives of other women and girls. Its signature program, Living Water For Girls’ Residential Program is licensed and approved by the state of Georgia to serve girls (12-18 years of age) who have survived human sex trafficking. Living Water for Girls Residential Program was followed by a second, complementary program, The Living Water Learning Resource Center (LRC), a non-residential education and training program for young women ages 16 and older who have survived life challenges, violence, street life, prostitution or human sex trafficking. For more information about the programs and service of Circle of Friends Celebrating Life, Inc., please visit