I had the honor of photographing Homestretch’s Peachtree Tea and silent auction to raise money for the organization’s cause of helping homeless families. Homestretch not only helps families with temporary housing but also helps them “address the root causes of their situation and return to a life of self-reliance and stability.” I can’t think of a better way to help a family then to teach them how to work within in their means in order to get back on their feet.
The tea featured a variety of items donated from all over Georgia: jewelry, toys, hats, sports tickets, vacation packages. So many wonderful items to bid on. Champagne cocktails and a doting staff from Atlanta Athletic Club set a festive mood while attendees browsed and bid. A delicious lunch was served as we got to hear from Audrey Hines, Rose Burton and Monica Oliveira who all spoke on the mission of Homestretch.
We also got to hear from Jessica and Vernon, a husband and wife who have graduated from the homestretch program and are starting their own charity to help encourage children to peruse the arts. It’s inspiring to hear how after Homestretch helped them, they want to help others.
The keynote speaker was the lovely and talented Karyn Greer of 11Alive News, the local NBC affiliate here in Atlanta. She spoke of her own struggles early in her career before she became the smiling face of morning coverage for 11Alive.
The event was a success and I have to thank Monica for inviting me to cover it. Thanks Monica! What a great organization to be a part of!