Monday, February 09, 2009

2009 Georgia Planned Giving Council Greater Good Award will go to Emory Schwall

The Georgia Planned Giving Council (GPGC) will award Emory Schwall with the fifth annual GPGC Greater Good Award at a noon luncheon on Thursday, April 30th at the InterContinental Buckhead. Last year’s award winner, Zoe Hicks, will deliver the keynote speech at the luncheon. The Greater Good Award Program begins with an educational session on planned giving from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. presented by Larry Stelter of the Stelter Company. The Greater Good Award will then be presented to Mr. Schwall during the noon luncheon program.

Phyllis Silverstein, President of the Georgia Planned Giving Council, remarked “The Georgia Planned Giving Council created the Greater Good Award to recognize exemplary career-long work by an individual on behalf of philanthropy in Georgia. It is a great pleasure for us to present the 2009 GPGC Greater Good Award to Emory Schwall. As one of our most respected attorneys in Georgia for over fifty years, Emory is known as an exceptional advocate for his clients and charitable organizations throughout the community." Ty Tippett, Director of Planned Giving for the Shepherd Center Foundation, remarked “Emory has donated countless hours of his personal time, as well as his considerable legal expertise, in making the consummation of philanthropic transactions for the benefit of charitable organizations in Georgia possible.”

SunTrust Bank is the luncheon sponsor for the Greater Good Award. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is the award sponsor and will grant $2,000 to the charity selected by the Greater Good Award recipient, half of which will come from the Berman Greater Good Award Endowment established by past recipient, Steve Berman, and his wife Candy, and half from The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Emory Schwall, a native Georgian, born in Moultrie, has lived in Atlanta since 1945. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology, Woodrow Wilson Law School and Emory University Law School. He has practiced law in Atlanta for over 50 years, is a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia representing the Insurance Commission, a certified Estate Planner, a member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, Atlanta Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has represented Hillside Truth Center International for years. He is a member of the Emory Law School Council, is Vice-President and a Director of Shepherd Center, Inc. and a Trustee of Shepherd Center Foundation, Inc. He is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church where he has served as a Deacon. He is a member and former President of Cherokee Town & Country Club. He has been active in numerous charitable and civic organizations, including the American Heart Association and Arthritis Foundation. He is on the Piedmont Hospital Foundation Gift Planning Council, President of Atlanta Medical Heritage, which operated the Academy of Medicine. Last year, under his guidance, Atlanta Medical Heritage donated the Academy of Medicine building (designated as a Historical Landmark) to the Georgia Tech Foundation in order to assure preservation of the building. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Georgia Women of Achievement. He is on the Advisory Board of Presbyterian Homes and is a member of the Board of Governors 1 Alive Community Service Awards. He was married to the late Peggy McCready Schwall, who was active in numerous charities. They had three sons, two of whom live in Atlanta and one lives in Omaha. He has four grandsons.

The GPGC Greater Good Award is an annual award to recognize exemplary service among Georgia's charitable advisors. Nominees have served at least ten years in the field of planned giving and uphold superior standards in the field, increasing the quality and quantity of planned gifts to charities in Georgia. In choosing the winner, the selection committee cited Mr. Schwall’s work helping his clients meet their charitable goals and benefiting scores of Georgia charities in the process. Past award winners include Ben White in 2005, Henry Bowden in 2006, Stephen M. Berman in 2007 and Zoe Hicks in 2008.

The Georgia Planned Giving Council is the statewide affiliate of the National Committee on Planned Giving, now known as the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning. Its membership consists of non-profit professionals, professional advisors and others throughout Georgia committed to promoting planned giving to charitable organizations. For more information on the Greater Good Award and to register for the event, please visit or contact the Georgia Planned Giving Council office at 770-433-4137 or
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