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3rd Annual Chairman Turner’s International Ball Surpasses Fundraising Goal

 The 3rd Annual Chairman Turner’s International Ball took place in September at the Georgia International Convention Center. The aim of this annual fundraising event was to celebrate the cultural diversity of Clayton County, GA and to raise money to support Woman University, this year’s charity designee.

Nearly 300 guests enjoyed international food from Poland, Mexico, China, and the continent of Africa by Proof of the Pudding.  To celebrate the over 60 languages spoken in Clayton County, guests were treated to cultural presentations and dance from the Giwayen Mata, the all-female dance, percussion and vocal ensemble representing West Africa, traditional Romanian music from Gabriela Dambra, an electrifying performance by the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company, and the crowd-pleasing, Salsambo, a Cuban Mexican fusion dance group. 

This year’s event raised nearly $14,000 for Marvelous Light Empowerment Association, the nonprofit arm of Woman University. Woman University provides educational opportunities and resources to equip women to become community leaders and business owners through a creative, supportive global network.

“We are humbled, honored, and excited to be recognized by Chairman Jeff Turner's International Ball.  Woman University is a life changing motivational coaching program to empower, encourage, and equip women with the necessary skills to prosper, breaking the cycle of poverty. The proceeds from the Ball will support scholarships for our groundbreaking 3D Woman U program “Discover U, Design U, and Dare U,” coaching women to identify their gifts, engage in self-development, develop leadership skills, and explore career readiness/advancement and entrepreneurship potential.” – Kathy Hood, Founder & CEO

Partial list of sponsors includes Clayton County Water Authority, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, City of Morrow, Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, Lister & Holt, Kaiser Permanente, Piper Jaffray, Housing Authority of Clayton County, Clayton County Public Schools, Paragon Alarm Systems, B. Kings Audio Visual Services, and The Collaborative Firm.

Event details and photos can be found at For more information on the Marvelous Light Empowerment Association and Woman University, 

“It has been my honor to showcase the diversity and spirit of Clayton County through the International Ball while raising funds to improve the lives of our next generation of leaders. With the support of our corporate sponsors, volunteers and the steadfast commitment of the Clayton County community, we look forward to raising the bar in providing resources to this year’s charity, Woman University and Marvelous Light Empowerment Association. Together, we are Clayton Strong!” – Jeffrey E. Turner, Chairman