PADV Announces 2019 Hearts with Hope Gala Chair

Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV), Georgia's largest and most experienced non-profit working to end domestic violence, recently announced that Karen Atkins, former vice president of sales, Benefit Services for ADP, will be its 31st annual Hearts with Hope Gala chair. This year’s Gala will take place at 6:30 p.m. on May 18 at the Intercontinental Buckhead, with more than 600 corporate and community leaders expected to attend.

Atkins was chosen as this year's Gala chair because of her dedication and tremendous service to PADV since joining the organization’s board of directors in 2014. PADV also is special to Atkins because she has personal experience with domestic violence and wants to help others in similar situations.

"I'm glad to be an enthusiastic supporter of an organization that provides hope, not only for women who are affected by domestic violence, but also for children and men," says Atkins. "I am honored to be the 2019 Hearts with Hope Gala chair and I am dedicated to helping PADV reach its goal of raising $1 million at the event, funds critically needed to enhance and expand PADV's programs and services."

Atkins' duties as the 2019 Hearts with Hope Gala chair include planning the event, promoting the event to sponsors and the public, and helping select event honorees. Click here to watch a video on the event's purpose.

At the black-tie event, PADV celebrates the organization's mission to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower survivors by highlighting success stories. One survivor will be awarded PADV’s Purple Hearts with Hope Award, paying tribute to the empowerment, courage and determination she used to transform her life.

"We are excited for this year's event and Karen has been doing an amazing job as chair," says Nancy Friauf, President and CEO - PADV. "I believe Karen's past experience, her dedication, and the tremendous support of the community will help us achieve our goals of impacting more lives and bringing greater awareness to our mission and work."

Atkins is currently retired and enjoys spending time with her husband and [now grown] six children, scattered all over the world. Aside from serving PADV, she is a member of the prestigious ADP President's Club circle, with numerous board of director designations, and is well known for her brand of "leading high performing teams and being a difference maker." She also mentors young female professionals in the Professional Women's Alliance (PWA), along with inner-city school children through Buckhead Church. In her spare time, Atkins enjoys flying her airplane as a private pilot and has the distinction of being in the "General Aviation 2% club" as an instrument-rated female pilot. She has published several aviation articles and will fly competitively in the 2019 Air Race Classic in June.

About Partnership Against Domestic Violence
PADV's mission is to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors. The organization has served metro Atlanta since 1977 and it is currently the largest nonprofit domestic violence agency in Georgia. PADV helps to transform the lives of approximately 20,000 women and children every year through emergency intervention, education, violence prevention and long-term advocacy. For more information, please visit, or follow PADV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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