May 19, 2015

In This Issue:
The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment with comprehensive services for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk.
The kindness and generosity of individuals and organizations continue to make a difference in the lives of the kids we serve. 

Thanks to those who gave in February 2015:

Gail Downing

Una Nyhan

Sherry Shellman

Glenn Gardener

Demitrius Brown

Gerald & Barbara Dyck

Larry & Cathy Shuler

Mark Steele

Sandrea Penton

Brenda Rice

Peggy & Charles Henderson

Rose Lee Wing

Chris Waldman

Ralene  Atkins-Byrne

Karen & Martin Slack

The Home Depot Charity Program Trust

GE United Way Campaign

GE United Way Campaign

The Home Depot Charity Program Trust

America's Charities

United Way of Greater Atlanta

AT&T Employee Giving Campaign

United Way of Greater Atlanta

United Way of Greater Philadelphia & SNJ

IBM Employee Services Center

The Circle for Children

United Way of Central Maryland

SunTrust United Way Campaign

Loma Management Partners, LLC

Varian Partners in Giving Program

Chanel Grant

Jane Livingston

Linda Pace

Jennifer LaBrecque

Kathy Rice

Julie Pack

Katie Thompson


Thanks to those who gave in 

March 2015:

Alice & Terrence McQuade

Meaghan Barnett

Rebecca Brewster

David Smith

Sherry Shellman

Meaghan Barnett

Una Nyhan

Cynthia Baitn

Pat Patel

Kirby Thompson

Phyllis Silverstein

Sandra Penton

Mark Steele

Larry & Cathy Shuler

Larry & Catherine Anderson

Ralene  Atkins-Byrne

Chris Waldman

Rose Wing

Peggy & Charles Henderson

Michael & Stephanie DeWitt

Brenda Rice

Terri Morton

Patricia J. Godfrey

Georgia & Michael J. Obrien

Fran L. & Bruce Friedrich

Eric & Jill Flamm

Littie D. Brown

James Addison & Rosan Hall

Larry & Cathy S. Shuler

Hunter Gordon & Shon Y. Thompson

Lillian L. (Pagie) Ryals

Kathleen J. Ohara

Daniel R. III & Angela R. Tompkings

Scott A. & Nicola M. Schemmel

Derek & Laura Dantzier

Jennifer S. & John P. IV Dunham

Jeffery T. & Gloriane M. Barbour

Kristopher J. & Suzanne J. Reinhard

Andrew & Maureen Baker

Joelle F. & Rickie George

Karen E. & Ernest M. Slack

Thomas P. Alexander

IBM Employee Services Center

SunTrust United Way Campaign

United Way of Greater Atlanta

United Way of Greater Atlanta

Recyclers R. Resources Inc.

Anthem Dollars for Doers

Kay Hall

Christina Weems

Rebecca Waldon

Betts Fisher

Glennda Baker

Melinda Stuck

Glennda Baker

Linda Petkus

Melissa Sneed

6th Annual Thriving Children Recap

This year's Thriving Children event was held on April 24th at The Fabulous Fox Theatre, and we had a great time! The event was emceed by Emmy Award-winning news anchor, Karyn Greer, and there was something for everyone, from tropical getaways to fun experiences, in our silent auction and live auction led by George Franco, FOX 5 News Reporter. Top-rated restaurants and caterers in Atlanta provided an array of delicious hors d'oeuvres. The Sentimental Journey Orchestra, Angela Reign, and the CCYA Choir provided live entertainment. CCYA's choir garnered rave reviews, and the two CCYA youth who spoke on the impact that CCYA has had on their lives were the highlight of the evening. These young men have been in care at CCYA for over a year and are now thriving despite the tribulations they overcame. The fashion and hair show featured show stopping avant-garde couture and artistic hair from many of Atlanta's best designers and talent from the Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa. The event raised over $100,000! We want to thank all of our supporters - sponsors, donors, and attendees - for helping to make Thriving Children possible! We wouldn't have been able to do it without you. Most importantly, we would like to thank Steve Hightower for his continued patronage of our organization and for selecting us as the beneficiary of the event again this year.

CCYA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & 30th Year Anniversary Celebration


The ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the opening of CCYA's new Outdoor Recreation & Therapy Arts Park and celebration of our 30th year of service will take place on June 4, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm. We invite you to attend and take a tour of The Center! We completed building the new area, which includes a full-sized basketball court, through a $100,000 2013-2014 A Million Matters, Inc. Signature Grant. We have already been putting this area to good use. Through the CarMax Healthy Initiative Grant, we are implementing a new innovative basketball body movement therapy called "Game of Life." The purpose of this innovative body movement therapy is to administer group therapy and/or social interaction in an unorthodox setting that supports the physical and emotional well-being of all participants. For more information about the event, contact Shelley Williams at 770-333-9447 (ext. 100). 

Save the Date: The Best is Yet to Come

On Thursday, July 30th , our annual The Best is Yet to Come event will take place at The Strand Theatre, located on the historic Marietta Square, from 6:00-8:30pm. We invite you to join us in cheering on and recognizing the achievements and talents of our youth. Our youth look forward to this event every year. The evening will include a VIP reception and memorable performances. Stay tuned for more information!
Keller Reality of East Cobb: CCYA Beneficiary of "Red Day"


Keller Reality of East Cobb celebrates its "Red Day" by giving back to the community. This year, CCYA was chosen as one of the recipients of this international day of giving! Patti Jackson, realtor and chairperson for the event, explained that the Red Day is held in honor of Keller Reality CEO, Mo Anderson, who requested that instead of receiving gifts on her birthday that people give back to the community. On May 14th, Keller Reality painted the trellis around the building, worked in the garden, cleaned and reorganized storage areas, and more! Ms. Jackson said that Keller Reality loves kids and giving back to the community in which they serve. Ms. Jackson also said she loves the work that CCYA does and believes in its mission. Way To Go Keller Reality! You Rock! Thank you!

Do You Have a Kroger Plus Card? 

You can now help raise funds for The Center by doing something that's already part of your weekly routine! CCYA has joined the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Depending on how often our supporters shop, we will start receiving quarterly donations from Kroger!


All you have to do to participate is register your Kroger Plus card online at Once you're set up, you can select The Center for Children & Young Adults as your chosen beneficiary. Our Organization number is 64429.


It doesn't cost you anything to participate! The donations will be coming straight from Kroger. You just have to make sure you swipe your Kroger Plus card when you shop! Individual purchases will begin counting towards our organization 7-10 days after you've registered your card. To confirm that it's working, you should start seeing the following message at the bottom of your receipts:

"At your request, Kroger is donating to The Center for Children & Young Adults." 


You do not have to be a Georgia Resident to participate but simply a Kroger shopper with a Kroger Plus Card so please share with your friends and family around the country! If you have questions, please call (770)333-9447 (ext. 116).