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Last week I returned to Atlanta for this years GCAPP EmPower Event where we marked our 20th Anniversary. This year more than 400 supporters, enjoyed an incredible gala and auction at the St Regis. Well I was blown away by what happened. It turned out to be our most successful auction ever!

The board and staff had decided to honor me on this 20th Anniversary and after a moving tribute, presented me with a gorgeous engraved crystal plate from Tiffany.

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Besides our hugely successful auction, we all had our socks blown off by Grammy-Award winning Artist Alison Krauss.

We also showed this video which documents our GCAPP journey. Hard to believe its been two decades!

I was so overwhelmed I didn’t take a lot of pictures. Ted sat next to me and introduced me but I never got a pix of him!

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Also seated at my table, the deep novelist and playwright Pearl Cleage and her husband writer Zaron Barnett. I did manage to snap this photo of them, with Kim Nolte our CEO is seen in the background on the screen.

My BFFs Eve Ensler and Pat Michell surprised me with video messages from pals like Bob Redford and Sally Field; Eve read an incredible poem she wrote to me as only Eve can Do.

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Here is my agent, Ben Dey, who flew in for the occasion. Next to him is Reverend Gerald Durley who’d just flown back from being with President Obama and the Pope. Lucky guy. He used to be on my board.

You can check out more photos from our evening and past EmPower events here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157656930208524

Please visit www.GCAPP.org for more information about our programs, and to follow our incredible progress empowering young people throughout Georgia.

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