Atlanta Community Leaders, Athlete-Philanthropists to be Honored at College Football Hall of Fame
All proceeds benefit the Lighthouse including eye screenings, eye exams, glasses, surgeries, and hearing aids for uninsured and under-served Georgians.
This year’s awards will be presented to three very deserving leaders. The Gary Stokan Hero of the Gridiron Award honors a current or former NCAA football player who has exemplified the spirit of teamwork and leadership both on the field and in the community. The award will be given to former college and professional football quarterback and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner, Danny Wuerffel.
The George Crumbley Vision for the Future Award honors a community leader who has dedicated immense amounts of time and talents to building a sustainable future for a nonprofit. The 2018 honoree will be Ronald Canakaris. Mr. Canakaris currently serves as chairman and co-chief investment officer of Montag & Caldwell and is a limited partner of the Atlanta Falcons and is a founder of the Ronald & Vicki Canakaris Family Foundation. The Foundation focuses on youth and their families by providing them with financial assistance. Organizations supported by the Foundation include the Mary Hall Freedom House and Warrick Dunn Charities.
Lastly, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Beacon of Hope Award honors a medical professional who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to vision or hearing care for the uninsured in his or her community. This year’s recipient is Dr. William Degenhart. Dr. Degenhart is a board-certified ophthalmologist and one of the founding partners of the Georgia Eye Institute in Savannah where he has been providing eye care since 1982. His volunteer efforts and support of those in need throughout Savannah and Southeast Georgia contuse to inspire and encourage many.
Evening in the End Zone will be emceed by 2001 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and legendary University of Georgia and NFL kicker Kevin Butler and held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the College Football Hall of Fame. Guests will enjoy a tour, passed hors d’oeuvres on the playing field, a live auction, and appearances by multiple well-known athletes.
Corporate sponsorship information and individual tickets are available at lionslighthouse.org/
About the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation:
The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation provides vision and hearing services through education, detection, prevention, and treatment. Through collaborative partnerships, we enable greater independence and increased quality of life for Georgians in financial need. We work with a statewide network to provide vision screenings, eye exams, eyeglasses, eye surgeries, and hearing aids to over 7,000 Georgia residents each year.