Royal Intent: A Gala for the Ages


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GEORGE the second, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, king, defender of the faith, and so forth. To all to whom these presents shall come, greeting.

So begins the charter of the great state of Georgia, penned in 1732. But it could also serve as a fittingly regal welcome to the event of the season, “A Royal Intent,” the 2018 Trustees Gala hosted by the Georgia Historical Society.

“GHS is excited to mark the 10th anniversary of the Trustees Gala in 2018 so for this year’s theme I was inspired by King George II’s royal charter of Georgia,” said Laura Garcia-Culler, Executive Vice President and COO of the Georgia Historical Society. “This is Georgia’s 285th birthday, so we will celebrate the spirit of the original Trustees from 1733 and the King’s 1732 royal intent granting the charter for the last British colony in mainland North America. The evening will honor the achievements of our newest Trustees and their contemporaries from the last 10 years while also commemorating the original vision of Georgia's founders in regal style.”   

That theme gets its name from a line out of the (extraordinarily lengthy) charter outlining the colony which would one day become the very state where most of us call home. It’s fitting for an elegant event that caps off the Georgia History Festival with a lavish evening of dining, dancing and historic revelry.

Another way this event honors our state’s charter is in carrying on one of its most inspired traditions, naming trustees to serve as stewards of the colony, guiding it through skill and determination for the betterment of all. These original trustees, laid out in that charter, including such visionaries as Gen. James Oglethorpe.

“Their motto was Non Sibi, Sed Aliis, which is Latin for ‘Not for Self, but for Others,’” said Georgia Historical Society Director of Communications Patricia Meagher. “We decided to reconstitute the trustees as a way to honor people who, in modern times, bare out that motto through their work, through their life and through philanthropy.”

This year’s event will see Gov. Nathan Deal on hand to honor two 2018 trustees, the highest honor the state of Georgia can bestow.

The first is Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian, who championed the company’s employee-driven, customer-focused culture while fostering a spirit of innovation at the company, spurring on even greater success. The second is Georgia Power CEO Paul W. Bowers, who was the 2016 chair of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Energy Policy Council, the current chair of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation and serves on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as well as multiple other boards throughout the state.

The Trustees Gala will take place on February 17, 2018 in Savannah. Click here for ticketing information.