February 25, 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 December 2014: 

Natalie Collier
Beth Waters
Rita Cobb
Ida Newman
Beth Craven
Stephanie Clement
Genevieve Piturro
Patricia Summers
Emily Dini & Family
Chris Crawford
Jill Lunsford
Melissa Sneed
Pam & Erik Anderson
Cynthia Hannon
Martha Leatherwood
Tracy Rosine
Christine Phelps
Veronica Bridges
Courtney Ducket
Beth Wills
Lisa Flynn
Lalla Essekkat
Katherine Meilcuszy
Sharlet Perkins
Sarah Davis
Leith Daly
Kelly Walker
Debbie Vaughan
Stacie Hollingsworth
Tami Mace
Sally Davis
Anilda Cook & Family
Craig Evans
Bridgette Bradley
Becky Key
Tonya Boga
President Barbara Hickey
Chairman Joe Dendy-
Charles Henderson
Rickey Wilkes
Samantha Flowers
Lee Oesterling
Paula Fox
Jujuan Thomas
Mark Knapp
Sam & Bobby Johnson
Kathy Rice
Susan Harvin
Sarah Atendry
Barbara Berman
Merle Sheetman
Cheryl Parsel
Jennifer Venker
Kathy Cayce
Hilde Gilroy
Joan Bennett
Monique Manitt
Sandi Urbano
Ruth McLaulin
Carol Williams
Shelia Evans
Jerry & Marty McAtee
Marie Ward
Diane Bowman
Vera Bellman
Tricia Andrews
Nancy Ramaglia
Sara Moore
Beryl Everett
Maire Uden
Barbara Pisano
Linda Petkus
Rosemary Candler
Pat Kaminski
Marsha Leban
Faye Towe
Gloria Courtemanche
Linda Burton
Evelyn Dwiggins
Ron Nowak
Polly Burson
Jack & Venies Halseth
Roy & LaMonnie Moore
Dave & Judy Toensmieir
Kathryn Burgher
Bernadette Brown
Fred Post
Tom Alexander
Rose Andrews
Karen Wade
John & Dianne Armistead
Katy Pittman
Amber Speight
Robin Bruton
Becky Key
Julie Bizzoso
Anne Cumberledge
Chris & Dr Mindy Gentry
Walt Helms
Sally Wright
Jessica Headish
R Irysh Mason
Gus Villanueva
Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Mark & Carole Steele
Gene Coker
Dorothy Guzman
Chuck Mckelvy
Kimberly Pullen
Laura Kirkland
Danielle Lawson
Angelia Robson
Ann Bishop Melissa Byars
Brenda Rogers
Calisto Harvalias
Candace McNair
Cathy Oldroyd
Cindy Banks Powers
D'Anne Heckert
Dr. Mark Wright
Elke Monahan
Geni Burnett
Gwen Dinescu
Jim Baker
John Falcone
Kim Allen
Laura Joines
Legair Brand
Leigh Vaughn
Liz & Jake Aull
Mary Pat Matheson
Melissa Byars
Phyllis Carden
Robert Sanders
Sally Marks
Shawn Sicker
Sherry Meltz
Susan Witttpenn
Tracy Bell
Trish McGinley
Vera Bellman
Greg Jackson
Maureen & Tom Donoghue
Barbara & Nick Massalo
Sue Manzo
Lee Ann Wilson
Carol Carr
Lisa Reeves
Cathie Sibert
Lila Womack
Karen Thorpe
Kelly Johnson
Bonnie Easley
Mike & Jennifer Jairdullo
Becky Shipley
Kelly Johnson
Crystal Alfred
Kelly Johnson
Dorothey Daniels
Otttis Spears
Kelly Johnson
Kathleen Wickman
Kelly Johnson
Susan Sherry
Diane Fowler
Kelly Johnson
Stephanie Owens
Libby Bradley
Sherry Murphy
Jesus Baleftena
Stephanie Lockridge
McKechern High School
Keeley Phillpotts
Jennifer Davis
Suzy Olzeski
Stephanie Clement
Kelly Johnson
Karen & Martin Slack
Susan Morris
Suzy Goodman
Patrice Frazier
Kathy Gleeson
Steve Hightower
Sherry Shellman
Una Kerry
Judy Singer
Karen DuBois
Suzanne Mellott
Mary & Barry Greenway
Ruth Dingler
David & Stephanie Yucius
Elizabeth Smith-Williams
Arthur & Sherie Gumer
Paul & Prudence Hanna
Joyce Massalo
Michael & Adreinne Kaufman
Jeff Loftin
Mr. & Mrs. Lovelace
Synergy Medical Centers
Rickey Wilkes Recyclers R Resources Inc
CkAC Galleria
Kathleen Flynn
Robert Morris
Suntrust UW Campaign
Suntrust UW Campaign
Varian Medical Systems
IBM Employee Services
IBM Employee Services
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Ridley International Inc
AT&T Employee Giving Campaign
Nancy Rigby James Cox Foundation
Michael DeWitt
Sheri Brante
Ingrid Hunter
Denise & Ken Carrier
Qi Jiang & Meizue Mu
Nona Lacy
Harris Anthony
Brian & Kim Newsome
Ernest Guntermann III
Kimberley Borna
Michael & Sandra Adams
Melissa & Kirk Malmberg
Larry & Catherine Anderson
Cathy Fowler Hampton Lake Womens Club
Thomas Bubel Thomas Bubel Agency
Sheri Timmons-Brante
James Pehrson Cobb County Friendship Club
Raymond & Diane Levandoski
Jason & Georgia Croley
Matthew & Tiffany Merrill
Wes Newsome & Sonya Ward
Richard & Anne Eiswirth
Sonya & Justin Hesenius
Robert & Holly Kornegay
Acworth Allatoona Charities Inc
Earl & Rachel Smith
Karen & Martin Slack
East Cobb Civitans Foundation
Wells Fargo
United Way Greater Atlanta 100 Edgewood Avenue NE
Salesforce Com Foundation
Admin America
Allstate Giving
Calanit Hayes
Katie Jumper
Branan Foundation/Wells Fargo Bank
The Circle for Children
Larry & Cathy Shuler
Larry & Cathy Shuler
Heidi Odegard Community Food Bank
Steve Budow
Marie Claire Webber
Toni Moore
Mark Steele
The Community Foundation
Paige & Saul Mamula
Glen & Jennifer LaForce
Thomas Alexander
Audrey Wilkerson
Dennis & Manda Murray
Michael Baine
Julie Smith
James & Shannon Cartella
Jan & Maureen Lok
Martha & Michael Whalen
Susan Jenkins
Thomas & Jennifer Venker
James Samples
Brenda Rice
Paige Beebe
Suzette Carney
Angela Eby
Bob Fyfe
Captian Planet Foundation
Paula Hill
Gail & Paul Martin
Stephanie Clement Stillness Yoga
John & Stephanie Kannady
National Christian Foundation
United Way of Greater Atlanta
United Way of Greater Atlanta
United Way of Metro Atlanta , Inc
IBM Employee Services
Gerald Dyck
Cheryl Lamm McMaster Carr Supply Company
Frank & Gay Baldasare
Suntrust UW Campaign
United Way Greater Atlanta
Karen & Martin Slack 


  Thanks to those who gave in January 2015:  

 Lynda Gaddy,  Dogwood Chapter
Laura Heller
Sherry & Steve Shellman
Una Nyhan
Michael & Adrienne Kaufman
Frank & Gay Baldasare
Karen & Martin Slack
Mark & Carol Steele
Melinda Jones
Sandra Penton
Brenda Rice
Kimberley Borna
UW of Metro Atlanta
IBM Employee Services
Lynn Hemley, Mt Zion United Methodist Women
UW of Greater Wayterbury
UW of Greater Kansas
UW of Greater Atlanta
Master Gardeners
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Carmax Foundation
Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
IBM Employee Services
United Way
AT&T Employee Giving  

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CCYA Youth Spotlight,


We would like to spotlight one of our youth this month. Jessie, an 18 year-old boy and senior in high school, has lived at CCYA on and off for six years. Jessie hopes that one day when he becomes a famous artist that he can open a shelter for homeless people. He said, "I have a lot to offer because I know what it feels like." Jessie's love of art began in preschool. He loved to draw and make homemade cards for his grandmother. 


As the years went on, he discovered that he really enjoyed sketching people and was drawn to their eyes, which he said is his favorite thing to sketch on a person. He started drawing stick people like everyone does in pre-school but suddenly began to add more detail achieving a level that appears to be a gift. Jessie is well on his way to making a name for himself; he receives constant requests on his Instagram account from people that want him to sketch self-portraits like the one pictured here. After graduating from high school, Jessie would like to further his education and appreciation of art at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). Currently, there is a waiting list for his drawings as he attends high school full time and works at Subway. Here at The Center we are proud of Jessie and all his accomplishments and wanted to share with you. 

Upcoming Event: The Circle for Children's Emerald Ball

The Circle for Children's Emerald Ball will take place on March 28th at the Georgia Aquarium. All funds raised will benefit CCYA. The evening is amazing as people enjoy food, drink, and dancing with the aquarium's beautiful aquatic life as the backdrop. There will be a silent auction of about 200 items along with 5 live auction items. Proceeds from ticket purchases and auction sales will help fund The Center's programs and services. As a volunteer charitable organization, The Circle for Children is a long-time supporter of CCYA and has served Georgia's at-risk youth and children organizations for 88 years! For more information, please visit www.circleforchildren.org

Upcoming Event: 6th Annual Thriving Children Fashion Show & Gala 
We're also planning for our 6th Annual Thriving Children Fashion Show & Gala at the Fox Theatre on Friday, April 24th. This year's event will include live performances by Georgia's Best Female Country Artist, Angela Reign, and our very own CCYA Choir! We are still looking for auction items, especially restaurant gift cards. For more information, please visit our event website www.atlthrivingchildren.org or contact Andrea Watkins at (770)485-1639 or awatkins@ccyakids.org

Save the Date
CCYA Best is Yet to Come Youth Banquet, Friday, July 31st
St Catherine's Fall Fashion Show, Sunday, August 30th


More Details to Follow!