Golden Action Awards

Gratitude, Appreciation, Altruism
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Lisa Lighthall is beautiful, brave, and brilliant. At a time in her life when most of us are slowing down she has decided to rev things up and start a new career. Diving into it full steam ahead with passion and determination she studied hard and obtained her Realtor License in no time. Her amazing way of connecting to people is understanding, respectful, and comforting. Combining this with insightful persistence and creative entrepreneurial marketing she became an awesome Realestate agent. Not only are we proud of her bravery in following her dreams but now we all have someone we can count on to help us through the stressful moves we all endure.

Earl B Smith is a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grand father. Brilliant clinical chemist, skilled hunter, master of tinkering, pro boat driver, southern gentleman fine role model, Boudreaux enthusiast and Earl the pearl all describe Earl to a tee. Seven years ago Earl was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Slowly things got harder to hold on too, and memories faded. But Earl keeps a faithful smile on his face and a bluegrass song in his heart as he took on the disease head on. September third will mark the start of Earls 80th year of loving, laughing, and giving. So this year as family and friends gather to celebrate Earls birthday at his favorite place on earth, Lake Rabun, we want to take a moment and appreciate the kind, brilliant, and gentle man that has made each and everyone of us blessed to have had him in our lives. Thank you Earl for the overflowing guidance and support

Jenn’s amazing strength and determination saw her through one hellish year when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Chemo, surgery’s, swollen feet and loss of hair, none of it slowed her down a bit. She took cancer head on and gave those around her a reason to scream and shout at her victory. We are all stronger people for knowing her, and thank the heavens everyday she is still here for us to love.

Janet Ihns is a warm, loving woman with nothing but kindness and giving back in her heart. Over the years Janet has volunteered with schools, orphanages, animal rescues but for the past several years she has dedicated much of her time to an organization in North Georgia called Rhapsody of Rabun. Rhapsody of Rabun chooses a local charity to support ever year and raises funds through a Gala Ball. Over the last several years Janet has been key in orchestrating these fabulous fund raising events. These such events have raised over 1.3 million dollars over the past 28 years. They have benefited charities such as Rabun County Habitat for Humanity, Rabun County Band Boosters, Rabun County Athletic Boosters, and The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Janet has truly been a wonderful BBC gift to Rabun County and she is an inspiring positive influence to everyone she meets.