The triumphant recovery of a Macon woman left for dead in a pizza delivery robbery is being celebrated across the world.
Brooklyn Rouse returned home in March, three months after she was shot in the head on Bloomfield Drive.
The welcome home celebration held during the SMART, Inc. Gospel Extravaganza has won an international award for Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
The International Festivals & Events Association presented the festival with a gold award for best new event for the concert that paid tribute to the survivor.
In the spring, Rouse came in with a walker and struggled for words to express herself after weeks of rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center after suffering nearly fatal gunshot wounds.
Just last month, Rouse’s tweet about her recovery went viral as an indication of how her story has inspired people from all over.
IFEA bestowed 19 awards on Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival in September.
Thursday morning, the festival will recognize Rouse’s heroism and has invited her to Macon-Bibb’s Government Center to their public celebration of the honors received.
Macon’s international festival won four gold awards, including best benefit for the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department’s pink pancake breakfast.
Eight silver awards were presented for a variety of events and promotions, including the festival’s social media campaign, Coca-Cola and the Macon-Bibb Transit Authority’s sponsorships and best sponsor gift of the Cherry Blossom Tumbler.
Seven bronze awards also were presented to Macon’s festival for Mark Ballard’s pin design, the festival’s website, media relations campaign and mobile app.