International soccer star Mia Hamm, a three-time Olympian and Gold Medalist in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, was the honored guest at the 8th annual Celebration of Girls’ Education, a principal fund-raising benefit for the Atlanta Girls’ School, located at 3254 Northside Parkway in Buckhead.

Co-chaired by Anne Hassett and Sandy Snead, the evening assembled the school’s benefactors, supporters and event sponsors for an evening with a cocktail buffet, silent auction and a private “Conversation with Mia Hamm” arranged just for an audience of students.

Mia Hamm, the dark-haired athlete named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” and the all-time leading soccer scorer, male or female, in the game’s history, mingled with guests and viewed the original painting of herself, created by artist Steve Penley who donated it for the silent auction.

The 1999 World Cup champion chatted with guests, including Shepard and Boyce Ansley, Mark West and his daughter Eliza, Atlanta Girls’ School Head Joan Countryman, board of trustees chair Anne Skae, Brooke Weinmann, Sally McDaniel, Valerie and Jody Abstance, Anne Morgan and Jim Kelly and Betsy Crawford.

Presenting sponsor of the event was BNY Mellon, accompanied by Platinum sponsor Tiffany & Co., Gold sponsor The Home Depot, and Silver sponsors The Coca-Cola Company, Arnall Golden Gregory law firm and SunTrust.

The event was coordinated by Anne Hassett and Sandy Snead, along with steering committee members Joan King, Amy Conlee, Elizabeth Rockhill, Petra White, Suzanne Sammons, Anne Hendry and Ann Pequigney. Honorary Co-chairs were Cy Strickler and Donna Orender.

The Atlanta Girls’ School offers a college preparatory program for grades 6 – 12.