GA House of Representatives Minority Leader Stacey Abrams to Keynote 2011 Buttimer Dinner
Thursday, October 13, 2011 8:00 PM
Oct. 14, 2011 - The Chatham County Democratic Committee yesterday announced that Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-DeKalb), the Democratic Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives will be the keynote speaker at the CCDC's Annual Toby Buttimer Awards Dinner.
Rep. Abrams is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African-American to lead the House of Representatives. A business owner, a lawyer, a teacher, and a published author of romantic suspense novels, Rep. Abrams has won acclaim across the state as a rising political orator.
Rep. Abrams was a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, a graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and earned her JD from Yale Law School. A more detailed biography is attached.
"Having set attendance and financial records with our 2010 Buttimer dinner, we are delighted to have a speaker with the credentials and accomplishments earned by Rep. Abrams. We look forward to welcoming her to Savannah," said CCDC Chair Tony Center.
This year the CCDC will honor Floyd Adams, Jr., W. Brooks Stillwell and Alfreda Goldwire.
Toby Buttimer Award: 2011 Honoree is Floyd Adams, Jr: Now a member of the Savannah - Chatham County Board of Public Education, having been elected twice to represent the 2d District, Floyd Adams is still affectionately called "Mayor" by most Savannahians due to his election as Savannah's first African-American Mayor. Adams is a lifetime resident of Savannah and Chatham County and is the Publisher of the Savannah Herald, a leading Black Community newspaper started by his father.
Arthur Gignilliat Jr. Public Service Award: 2011 Honoree is W. Brooks Stillwell: The managing partner at one of Savannah's leading law firms, Brooks Stillwell was elected to four terms on Savannah's City Council, serving from 1974 through 1991, and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 1991. Brooks was also former Chair of the Chatham County Board of Elections, a former board member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Coastal Zone Management, Historic Savannah Foundation, Coastal Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America, and Savannah Country Day School. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Savannah Economic Development Authority.
Tony Matthews Yellow Dog Democrat Award: 2011 Award Honoree is Alfreda J. Goldwire.
Currently President of the Savannah Federation of Teachers /Paraprofessionals and School Related Personnel (SFT/PRSP), Alfreda also was named Labor Leader of the Year by the Georgia AFL/CIO. Under Alfredas leadership, SFT/PSRP has grown from 600 members in 1999 to over 2,000. In addition to her work with SFT/PSRP, Alfreda served as a Trustee for the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council from 2001- 2006 and is a dedicated community and political activist.
The Toby Buttimer Awards dinner is the CCDC's major annual fundraiser and get together. The dinner first began in 1987 and annually honors three local Democrats for their achievements and support. The dinner will be held in late August or early September with a speaker of national prominence.
For more information contact Tony Center 912-233-9696 TonyCenter@comcast.net or Dinner Chair Nancy Bellemare, 912-247-3797, N.Bellemare141@comcast.net.