Cobb Attorney Named Kennesaw’s Citizen of The Year
Marietta Daily Journey
The Senior Resource Foundation of Cobb County congratulates our Board Member attorney Shelley Elder on her recent calendar.
Shelley is a shining example of the wonderful board members who represent the Foundation.
KENNESAW — Kennesaw resident Shelley Elder’s “lasting legacy of compassion, inclusion and investment” were lauded by City Manager Jeff Drobney.
Drobney’s remarks came ahead of his announcement that Elder had been selected as Kennesaw’s Citizen of the Year during the Northwest Cobb Area Council’s event Thursday night at the Elevation Chophouse & Sky Bar at Cobb County International Airport at McCollum Field.
“Young people, senior citizens, special-needs children and adults, at-risk youth and community organizations too numerous to mention have all benefited from this individual. This person gives of themselves quietly and without any need to call attention to themselves — and without any expectation of reward or return,” Drobney said before naming Elder as the award’s recipient.
A 15-year resident of Kennesaw after moving here from Virginia, Elder has nearly 30 years of experience in the legal field. Owner of Elder Law Firm on Ridenour Boulevard in Kennesaw, she practices with her son, Steve Crane.
Attending Thursday’s event with Elder were her husband, William; her son; and daughter-in-law, Ashley Crane. Also joining Elder was one of her staff members, Taylor Jaydon, the law firm’s director of philanthropy.
It was Elder’s and her law firm’s philanthropic efforts that earned her the honor Thursday. Just a few of the efforts listed on Elder’s nomination form — Drobney had nominated her — were service on the boards of the Kennesaw Teen Center and the Senior Resource Foundation as well as support of the Special Olympics of Georgia.
“We take part in any charities — volunteering and financially — that have to do with seniors or young people, as well as homeless. But CCYA, that’s Council on Children and Young Adults in Austell, is probably our largest charity that we give the most to. We give a lot to many others, because we give away 25 percent of gross of our income,” Elder said. “We believe that that’s important. People have depended on us, and we want to make sure they know we appreciate their confidence.”
As for why Elder and her firm focus mostly on the young and old, “They seem to have less voice. They’re not able to always protect themselves and speak for themselves, whereas people in between who are working like you and I … are well able to, or at least most days, take care of ourselves,” she said. “I have been around long enough to see young people and older people unable to take care of themselves, and so it’s very important to me. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to help them, whether financially or volunteering my time.”
Drobney, who himself was a past recipient of the Kennesaw Citizen of the Year honor, gave Elder some advice before handing her this year’s award.
“Your investment and involvement in our community does not end today or with this award — it is only the beginning,” he said.
Elder on Friday said she did not intend to end her contributions to Kennesaw and Cobb.
“It makes me happy obviously to receive the award and realize that somebody thinks I’m making a difference,” Elder said. “(But) I’m going to do the same thing whether I win an award or not — that won’t impact what I do, but it’s nice to see somebody appreciate it.