Since 1986, serving...
Athens-Clarke, Jackson, Oconee, Madison & Oglethorpe Counties
The 25th Annual "Starry Starry Night" fundraiser benefitting Prevent Child Abuse Athens was held on March 19th at the Athens Country Club. The gala attracted a record number of sponsors and attendees, and the event was a huge success.
The board of directors and staff say a big "thank you" to the sponsors, our guests, the auctioneer (Sam Williamson) and Carrie Scruggs for entertaining the attendees with her beautiful harp music. The evening featured an elegant dinner and silent and live auctions. The highlight of the evening was the sale of the 2016 featured painting by Cecel Allee.
“Starry Starry Night” has raised nearly two million dollars in support of PCAA’s work to help build strong families and prevent child abuse, and has become the premier charitable gala in the Athens community. The Silver Anniversary “Starry Starry Night” will feature. We are already looking forward to the 2007 "Starry Starry Night"!
PCAA thanks the 2016 “Starry Starry Night” “Partners in Prevention” sponsors (minimum of $2500 donation):
*Athens Regional Medical Center
*Dermatology of Athens, PC
*NGMT Ambulance Services
*Online Athens/Athens Banner Herald
*Publix Super Markets Charities
*Trinity Accounting Group
*Williamson Brothers Realty and Auction, Inc.
"Superstar Sponsors” (a minimum $1500 donation) included *Athens First Bank and Trust Company, *Blasingame, Burch, Garrard and Ashley, PC, *Dalton Carpet One, *The Commercial Bank, *Merrill Lynch, *Niolon Lumber Sales and *University Surgical Vascular.
“Special Star” sponsors (a minimum $1,000 donation) were * Athens Art and Frame, *Noramco, Inc., *Sibley Heart Center Cardiology and *St. Mary’s Health Care System.
“Supporting Star” sponsors (a minimum of $500 donation) included *American Pest Control, *Athens Oconee Dentistry, *Bone Dry Roofing, *Ms. Melissa Carrier, Realtor. *Dr. and Mrs. J. David Earnest, *Fortson, Bentley and Griffin, PA, *Dr. and Mrs. Henry Garrard, *Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Gray, *Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Johnson, *Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Lauth, *Massage Envy, *Oconee State Bank, *Quality Glass Company, Inc., *The National Bank of Georgia, *Rushton and Company and *Wells Fargo Bank.
Finally, PCAA says a special "thank you" to the"Starry Starry Night" committee including Erin Gray (chair), Cheryl Aaron, Cathey Abernathy, Mandy Baxley, Oonagh Benson, Tricia Bostwick, Bryanna Davis, Mary DeLoach, Alexandra Fass, Lisa Hudson, Ashley Love, Cameron Merer and Tonya Woody.
|Congratulations to PCAA Intern, Bryanna Davis |
4th Runner-up in 2016 "Miss UGA" Contest
Bryanna (right) was the fourth runner-up to "Miss UGA 2016" Annie Jorgensen (center). Ms. Davis is working as an intern during the Spring, 2016 semester and is a Health Promotions major from Hull, GA.
How YOU Can Help
Prevent Child Abuse
Be a nurturing parent...Have realistic expectations of what your child can and cannot do. Learn communication skills and positive discipline techniques.
Help a friend... neighbor or relative struggling with parenting responsibilities.
Help yourself... When the pressures of parenting build, take a time out. Take a deep breath. Turn on some music. Know who to call for help.
Never shake a baby... Learn what to do if your baby won’t stop crying.
If you see child abuse in a public place... start a positive conversation with the parent. Acknowledge how difficult children can be, offer assistance, and avoid negative remarks/looks which could make matters worse.
Monitor your child’s TV and video viewing... Violent programs teach that aggression is a good way to handle frustration and solve problems.
Advocate... for services for children and families at schools, libraries, churches, etc.
Report... suspected abuse or neglect.
And financially support PCAA...
Please Mom and Dad...
My hands are small - I don't mean to spill my milk
My legs are short - Please slow down so I can keep up with you
Don't slap my hand when I touch something bright and pretty - I don't understand
Please look at me when I talk to you - It lets me know you're really listening
My feelings are tender - Don't nag me all day - Let me make mistakes without feeling stupid
Don't expect the bed I made or the picture I draw to be perfect - Just love me for trying
Remember I am a child not a small adult - Sometimes I don't understand what you are saying
I love you so much - Please love me just for being me - Not for the things I can do
PCAA would be unable to provide the programs, services and activities to area children and families without community contributions. We owe a big “thank you” to all individuals and businesses that gave to PCAA…we hope that we can include you on that list in the future!
Long time sponsors include:
Great Start Georgia!
PCAA is pleased to serve as the community partner for the Great Start Georgia (GSG) collaboration supporting children and families in Georgia and the Athens area. We also appreciate the many local funders who support us and the local service providers who work with us.Here's to a Great Start for all Georgia's children! For more information call 1-855-707-8277 (GSG Information & Referral Center) or visit www.GreatStartGeorgia.org.
Thank You, Cotton Patch Quilters
For more than 30 years, the Cotton Patch Quilters of Athens Cotton Patch Quilters have been dedicated to pursuing the wonderful fabric art form passed down from generation to generation. An important part of their mission has been to support the work of some area non-profits, and over the years, PCAA has been fortunate enough to be the recipients of many beautiful quilts.