It’s March and that means you should have already or be about to RSVP for our Night at the Met Gala. Our gala auction is our primary fundraising event of the year and charitable giving is our primary mission as an organization.
To help at risk Georgia children we need to raise money for the Linda Gross Memorial Scholarship fund and this year’s beneficiary City of Refuge. City of Refuge serves children in many ways including shelter for the homeless, low cost family housing, day care, preschool, and after school programs. There are also numerous wrap around programs for the kids, including medical care, and for their parents, including job training.
The 2022 City of Refuge annual report includes a page about Ryleigh, a 2nd grader who was relieved to find the stability of three meals a day when she arrived to the community campus and developed new interests in the City Kids program. As the program manager describes it, Ryleigh can be a normal kid at City of Refuge.
All kids should be able to just be a kid, free from worrying about the uncertainty of their circumstances and sheltered from family and community trauma. We can’t help every kid and even kids who receive help will experiencing suffering, but we can make a difference. We can ease the burden that at risk children carry at even tender ages and help create a path for them to more stable adult lives.
Our commitment to hope and possibility is woven through the long history of The Circle. This year we channel the hope and possibility into A Night at the Met. I hope to see you there.