August 28, 2017
ATLANTA – The Legacy Awards Gala honors individuals who act as role models, guiding the way for others. The 2017 Legacy Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, September 9 at The St. Regis Atlanta. Proceeds from the 23rd Annual Legacy Awards will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s (BBBSMA) mission of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
This year’s Legacy Awards Gala will honor BBBSMA President and CEO, Janice McKenzie-Crayton for her twenty-five years of service to the organization and the children of Atlanta. She will be retiring at the end of the year.
Passion, innovation and results are the hallmarks of Janice McKenzie-Crayton’s leadership. Since she took the helm as President and Chief Executive Officer of BBBSMA in January 1992, the organization has provided one to one mentoring programs for more than 150,000 children, volunteers and families, collectively. BBBSMA is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s largest and oldest mentoring organization.
Janice has led BBBSMA through strategic growth reflecting significant milestones including the tripling of agency revenues during her tenure at the agency. Most recently, she initiated, led and completed a five-year capital campaign that generated more than $7.7 million in gifts and grants. This campaign enabled the agency to purchase and renovate a 25,000-square foot, LEED certified facility in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.
Janice has recruited and supported the work of a 26-member board of directors, building the agency’s brand and profile locally and regionally, and representing the agency in the community as a spokesperson and subject matter expert. Additionally, she has led the board through four strategic planning cycles, setting the agency’s direction and aggressively executing it through annual operating plans.
A strong proponent of community service, Janice is involved in many volunteer and charitable initiatives. She serves as a Komen Atlanta Spokesperson and is a member of the Susan G. Komen Atlanta Board of Directors. She is a member of the Howard University School of Communications Board of Visitors as well as the Atlanta Rotary Club, Delta Sigma Theta Sororityand Ben Hill United Methodist Staff Parish Relations Committee and Church Council. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Governing Board of American Intercontinental University.
Janice’s leadership has been acknowledged in many ways through awards including the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 100 Nonprofit Executives (2016); Delta Sigma Theta Atlanta Alumnae Chapter Torch Award (2013); Big Brothers Big Sisters of America “Skip” Walsh Memorial Award - CEO of the Year (2011); Georgia Technical Institute Women Out Front Award (2011); Atlanta Women magazine’s Women of the Year (2008); Business to Business Magazine Women Who Mean Business (2005); and the Thomas V. Murray Founder’s Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (2004). She is also a recipient of the Howard University Atlanta Alumni Empowerment Award.
Prior to joining BBBSMA, Janice was the Vice President for Development at Spelman College. Her notable work at Spelman was preceded by positions held with Howard University, Hampton University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Janice earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Howard University.
For more information on the Legacy Awards Gala, please contact Michele Pearce, Vice President of Development and Public Relations, at (404) 601-7068 or visit our website at bbbsatl.org/ special-events/the-legacy-awards-gala.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
For 57 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) has transformed the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our community through a proven youth development strategy: one-to-one mentoring. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The agency serves approximately 2,500 children from 12 metro Atlanta counties on an annual basis.