Grady Salutes celebration honors Alumni Award winners and Fellowship inductees; Jennifer Bellamy to emcee the event

Grady Salutes celebration honors Alumni Award winners and Fellowship inductees; Jennifer Bellamy to emcee the event

April 22, 2019

Grady Salutes: A Celebration of Achievement, Commitment and Leadership, takes place April 26 at a new location this year — the Athens Cotton Press at 149 Oneta St. In addition to honoring award winners, the event will also include an auction which people can participate in at the event and digitally from remote locations.

Jennifer Bellamy (ABJ ’08), a reporter for WXIA-TV, will emcee the event.

The annual Grady Salutes event recognizes honorees of Grady College.

Alumni Award recipients who will be recognized this year include:

• Chris Holcomb (ABJ ’85) will receive the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. As the Lifetime Achievement recipient, Holcomb will also be inducted into the Grady Fellowship.
• Henry “Hadjii” Hand (ABJ ’98) will be honored with the Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award
• Angela Alfano (ABJ ’10) will be awarded the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award
• James “Ford” Risley (MA ’92) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award

Five alumni and friends will be inducted into the Grady Fellowship, an honor recognizing accomplishments, friendship and service. Those inductees include:

• Connie Ledoux Book (PhD ’93)
• Richard Griffiths
• Dean Krugman
• Carole Munroe (ABJ ’82)
• Brian Robinson (ABJ ’97)

Tom Crawford will be inducted into the Sanford Circle (photo: Jennifer Stalcup)

Tom Crawford (ABJ ’72), the founder and editor of “The Georgia Report” (known early on as “Capitol Impact”) for more than 18 years, will be inducted posthumously into the Sanford Circle.

Reservations for Grady Salutes are now closed.  However, we do have a limited amount of tickets remaining for the evening.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Andrews at

Grady Salutes Auction

New to the event this year is an auction which anybody can participate in, whether they are Grady College alumni or not, or whether they are attending the Grady Salutes event or not.

To bid, participants can visit the Grady Salutes Auction website or text “Grady19” to 52182.

Auction items include:

  • Two Cannes Film Festival Tickets and Getaway (value $510)
  • Four premium Braves Tickets (donated by SunTrust — value $195)
  • Premier Suite to an Atlanta Hawks Game (donated by Steve Koonin — value $1,500)
  • Two first-class Delta Tickets flying anywhere in the world (donated by Delta — value $8,000)
  • Two tickets to the 2020 Peabody Awards in Los Angeles (donated by Peabody Awards — value $420)

All proceeds benefit the Georgia Fund for Grady.