Buckhead resident Ginny Milner, wife of former gubernatorial candidate Guy Milner, was honored as the 2011 Buckhead Girls Club’s “Woman of the Year” for her pioneering work in the rescue, medical treatment, adoption and spaying and neutering of homeless dogs and cats.

The award was presented to Milner at the Buckhead Girls Club Winter Brunch Dec. 18 by club founder and chairwoman Jenny Pruitt.

Milner founded the New Leash on Life organization and initiated classroom programs about animal welfare in public schools. She also recently establishment the Spay and Neuter Georgia program.