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2023 Georgia FirstGen Gala


Event Sponsors



Founder's Message

"I am honored to welcome you to the first Benefit Gala of the Georgia First Generation Foundation! We have come together tonight to celebrate the FirstGen community, our service, and a noteworthy milestone. On this, the initiation of the State of Georgia's inaugural Under 40 Class recognition ceremony, we take a moment to recognize the pioneers who have helped shape the FirstGen movement, reflect on the accomplishments made possible by the collective effort of those supporting the cause, and salute them with a deep sense of admiration and respect.


Hosting a first-of-its-kind recognition celebration and getting the chance to recognize our community for its efforts has been something that I, along with so many of our team members, have wanted to do since the start of Georgia FirstGen. We are now thrilled to have an annual event exclusively for our community, a chance to connect the community with the students we serve and honor the trailblazers who have helped in our mission of making the first generation the next generation. 


Georgia FirstGen would not be what it is without the help from the sponsors, benefactors, and supporters like you who dedicate their time and energy to benefit first-generation students in Gwinnett County. We express our sincere thanks and deepest gratitude for helping us with this noble cause."

Charbel Aoun

Founder & Executive Director

Georgia First Generation Foundation

Registration & Reception

Welcome Remarks

Charbel Aoun

Founder & Executive Director | Georgia FirstGen

Master of Ceremonies

Erick Solorzano

Director of Advocacy | Georgia FirstGen


Awards Presentation

  • President's Volunteer Service Awards

  • Under 40 Awards

  • Dr. Bobby Gueh Leadership Award


The First Annual Benefit Gala has been produced with the efforts and support of our friends, and our special thanks go to the many volunteers who provided assistance to create an exceptional evening and experience.


Georgia FirstGen Board of Directors

Charbel Aoun | Michael Feng | Leri Argueta | Valerie Cadet | Diana Feng | Bobby Gueh | Durrell Parker | Sami Tabbaa | Ana Villegas

Georgia FirstGen Executive Board

Charbel Aoun | Mierra Robinson | Erick Solorzano | Bryan Rivas | Liana Shahepy | Nick Fernandez

Georgia FirstGen Team Members

Andres Arenas | Brian Quintana | Grey Bethune | Olivia Kim | Rajveer Singh | Sonal Jape



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