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NOVEMBER 2017
  
 
Georgia Gives Day is November 28!

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LaAmistad Celebrates Atlanta Heroes
 
On September 23, 2017 200 guests gathered to celebrate at the W Hotel in Buckhead. Atlanta Heroes, Jason Esteves, Assistant General Counsel of Equifax and member of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education, and Lawson Spence, Alternative Investments Director of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and member of the Fulton County Educational Foundation, were honored for their work on behalf of the Latino community in Atlanta.

The Annual Gala is LaAmistad's largest fundraising event of the year and the proceeds benefit all aspects of the organization's work. Through the generosity of donors and sponsors, over $125,000 was raised to broaden LaAmistad's reach in the community.

 Mr. & Mrs. I. Lawson Spence III 
Mr. & Mrs. Jason Esteves

















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The Suzanne W. Schirber LaAmistad Scholarship

                                 
Joshua Duarte & Cat McAfee
The relationship between students and the volunteers that help them week after week is very special. This year, LaAmistad received a beautiful and impactful reminder of that lasting connection. Suzanne Schirber was a longtime LaAmistad volunteer whose legacy of service will live on.

"Suzanne spent a lot of time with the LaAmistad students and formed an emotional bond with many of them", says husband Greg Schirber. "Her wish was to see LaAmistad students prosper and her hope was that this gift could help these students pursue higher education."

The Suzanne W. Schirber LaAmistad Scholarship is open to any student who has attended LaAmistad for at least one school year and is either a high school senior or enrolled in college.

The 2016-17 school year was the inaugural year of the scholarship and two awardees were selected. Joshua Duarte, a freshman at the University of Georgia, attended LaAmistad from 4th through 8th grade. Romiro Juarez, a freshman at Oglethorpe University attended LaAmistad from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Both recipients cite LaAmistad as highly influential to their success in school and life.

Congratulations to Joshua and Romiro and our profound gratitude to the family of Suzanne W. Schirber for creating this exceptional opportunity.

Romiro Juarez & Gabriela Ortiz (Mother)

For more information on this scholarship opportunity 

Mundo Hispanico Honors Cat McAfee and LaAmistad  


At an awards luncheon recently, Cat McAfee was recognized as a "Personaje Destacado del Ano" for 2017 by Mundo Hispanico for her work as Executive Director of LaAmistad and the tutoring and support provided to Latino children and their families. 

Mundo Hispanico, the third largest Latino-focused media outlet in the country, recognizes individuals whose contributions improve the quality of life for members of Georgia's Hispanic community. They spotlight efforts that offer valuable contributions to society and showcase the Latin culture. These individuals share a common passion for engaging in acts of service and are sources of inspiration for future generations. 

LaAmistad's staff and Board of Directors are proud to celebrate the virtues and talents that Executive Director, Cat McAfee represents on our behalf!

To read more about this year's honorees  
Atlanta Braves Foundation Awards Grant to LaAmistad
 
 
For the third year in a row LaAmistad was honored to be a grant recipient of the Atlanta Braves Foundation.  Since 1994, the Atlanta Braves Foundation has provided support and resources to thousands of metro Atlanta-based organizations and has contributed more than $7 million in financial assistance to the community and in particular towards improving the quality of life for local youth. 

In compliance with this mission, grant funds will be utilized to support students of LaAmistad Afterschool by providing them with the tools and resources critical to advance their scholastic achievement.

To read more about the awards reception
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LaAmistad's Compa ñ eros Giving Society  
 
The Compañeros Giving Society is LaAmistad's monthly giving program. Compañeros givers commit to a recurring gift, allowing the organization to have a consistent stream of financial support and greater flexibility in meeting the community's needs. Compañeros Giving Society members receive special recognition and benefits. Join today at  laamistadinc.org/companeros.

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Building a Culture of Philanthropy
 
On a recent visit to the Teen Center at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, one student asked me "What does a Development Director do?" It was a great question that started an important conversation. We talked about nonprofit organizations, funding, and the importance of giving. The Teen Center students were genuinely touched when they understood that their community, both individuals and organizations, supports their needs by making charitable contributions to LaAmistad.

Later that week, students in the Teen Center got to see philanthropy in action. LaAmistad partners at Atlantic Capital Bank made a generous gift this year and representatives Kendley Heffner and Glenna Reeves took the time to tour the program personally. They brought with them a very large check and the teens were eager to take a picture, shake their hands, and thank them for their investment in LaAmistad. This was a great learning opportunity for our middle and high school students. W e plan to continue these conversations about philanthropy and giving back!
 
Best Wishes,   

Amy Hogan

Amy Hogan
Development Director

To contact Amy directly you can reach her at AHogan@laamistadinc.org or 404.842.2183
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