August 6, 2001
Mead hopes for Super Tuesday
By Michael Terrazas email@example.com
Come Aug. 14, Atlantas WTBS Channel 17the countrys
original Superstationcould turn out to be just that
for Sue Mead.
Mead, a clinical improvement specialist in the surgery department of
the School of Medicine, was named one of TBS Super 17
volunteers in May. Each year the station solicits nominations for individuals
in Atlanta who have given their all and then some in volunteer work, and
a panel picks 17 winners from various fields (health, poverty, environmental
issues, etc.). The Super 17 all were honored at a ceremony held in May
at Zoo Atlanta; Mead left the zoo with a smart-looking glass award and
a $500 check to donate to her charity, Project Open Hand.
But next weekon Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m.Mead will have
10,000 reasons to tune in to the Superstation.
At that time, TBS will air a two-hour special on its Super 17 volunteers
and encourage viewers to vote for which one they think is most deserving
of the grand prize: $10,000 to be donated in the winners name to
That would go quite a long way toward buying meals for many clients,
said Mead, who spends virtually every Saturday at Project Open Hands
headquarters in Midtown, packing lunches and dinners for the roughly 700
clients to whom the nonprofit organization delivers free, healthy meals
twice a day.
Mead said each Project Open Hand meal costs roughly $3.50; that comes
to 2,857 meals that could be bought with the TBS cash prize, with a few
pennies left over for dessert.
One of the nice things is that Project Open Hand has a mailing
list of about 4,000, Mead said of the efforts currently under way
to promote her candidacy for the Most Super of the Super 17. So
between that and the people I know here at Emory, my friends and family,
and the church groups where I sing, were hoping to get the word
Viewers will be asked to elect a winner through the programs website;
information about the Super 17 is located at www.tbs17.com,
and Mead said the polls will be open from 8:0510:05 p.m. the night
of Aug. 14.
Mead has been spending her Saturdays at Project Open Hand for 10 years.
Back in the late 1980s, Mead began volunteering for hospice-type organizations
after she lost her mother to pancreatic cancer. She then became familiar
with Project Open Hand, which soon became her primary volunteering outlet.
The group provides in-home meals to the elderly and to individuals suffering
from debilitating illnesses. Mead said on a typical Saturday she helps
prepare about 2,800 meals.
During the week, Mead works with Aaron Fink, professor of general surgery,
on Emorys participation in the National Surgical Quality Improvement
Program. The program has been in operation for many years at the nations
public hospitals (the VA Hospital has participated for about eight years,
Mead said), but Emory is one of only three private institutions in the
country now participating.
Mead has held this position only since April 2000, but preparing meals
for needy people isnt the only thing shes done with longevityMead
started working at Emory in 1978 and has held a variety of posts around
Perhaps 23 years worth of Emory contacts will land her enough votes to become truly Super on Aug. 14.