A Gathering of SISTERS
Founded on January 1, 2010, A Gathering of SISTERS was created to service the community by rendering random acts of kindness. Members gather in midtown Atlanta at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel to discuss logistics for executing projects to serve those non-profit institutions who need an extra hand. The Club hosts a series of clothing drives, book drives, and reaches out to homeless facilities as well as services for children and the elderly. Lea rolls out the red carpet of friendship for all those who wish to become a member. Gathering friends together to help others is what we do best. Our main focus in 2011 will be the nomination of 9-year old Anaiah Rucker for a Carnegie Hero Award. Read more below about the Carnegie Commission.
Carnegie's "hero fund," administered by a 21-member commission in Pittsburgh, was charged with honoring whom he called the "heroes of civilization," whose lifesaving actions put them in stark contrast to the "heroes of barbarism, (who) maimed or killed" their fellow man. That the mission of the Hero Fund as set forth by Carnegie is unchanged over more than a century, despite massive upheaval in the social and world order, is testament both to his foresight and to essentially unchanging human nature.
The Commission's working definition of a hero as well as its requirements for awarding remain largely those that were approved by the founder. The candidate for an award must be a civilian who voluntarily risks his or her life to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the life of another person. The rescuer must have no full measure of responsibility for the safety of the victim. There must be conclusive evidence to support the act's occurrence, and the act must be called to the attention of the Commission within two years.
Those who are selected for recognition by the Commission are awarded the CARNEGIE MEDAL, and they, or their survivors, become eligible for financial considerations, including one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance. To date, more than 9,000 medals have been awarded, the recipients selected from more than 80,000 nominees. About 20 percent of the medals are awarded posthumously. Awardees are announced four times a year following meetings of the Commission.