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Athens-Clarke, Jackson, Oconee, Madison & Oglethorpe Counties
The board of directors, volunteers and staff of Prevent Child Abuse Athens invite you to attend the 25th annual "Starry Starry Night" on March 19th at 6:30 p.m. at the Athens Country Club.
Since 1992, “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:
*Music by Carrie Scruggs
*Live Auction with Sam Williamson
*Wheel of Fortune
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) include *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) are *Noramco, Inc., *Sibley Heart Center Cardiology and *St. Mary’s Health Care System.
“Supporting Star” sponsors (a minimum of $500 donation) include *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.
PCAA also wishes to say a special "thank you" to the 25th Anniversary "Starry Starry Night" artist, Cecel Allee! Her painting is featured above and on the invitations to the gala and will be available in the live auction. In addition, the painting will be printed on notecards and sold by PCCA beginning in April.
PCAA wishes to express congratulations and a big “Thank You” to United Way of Northeast Georgia’s Rubielen Norris
In a recent article in OnlineAthens regarding the retirement of the President of the United Way of Northeast Georgia, Chris Starrs wrote that “Rubielen Norris’ fingerprints can be found all over northeast Georgia.”
That is certainly true at PCAA.
Rubielen has been a fervent supporter of our efforts to help create strong families and great childhoods throughout the Athens community. She has provided leadership for the efforts which have resulted in funding for our programs for over 20 years, and we are grateful for all that Rubielen and the UWNEGA volunteers, donors and board have done for PCAA.
Thank you, Rubielen, and congratulations…job well done!
UGA's Kappa Deltas Continue to Support PCAA and the Children and Families of Athens
Kappa Delta Sorority 5K Chairperson, Olivia Anne Carlson
The 2015 Annual Shamrock 5K run hosted by The University of Georgia Kappa Delta Sorority held March 1 was a great success despite some unfortunate chilly (and damp!) weather. Kappa Delta donated more than $27,000 from the proceeds from the race and a Waffle House Dinner. .
Kappa Delta has been a long-time and much-appreciated supporter of PCAA and our work with families in the Athens area community. PCAA appreciates the leadership of the chair of the 2015 event, Olivia Carlson, and the enthusiasm and effort of each of the Kappa Deltas who planned, worked at and ran in the 5K. Also, a big "thank you" goes out to the runners, sponsors and contributors to these events.
To learn more about future Kappa Delta fundraising events, keep an eye on their Facebook page...and ours!
PCAA Healthy Families Program Earns National Accreditation
Prevent Child Abuse Athens is pleased to announce that Healthy Families Athens has recently received national accreditation.
The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that the Healthy Families America name, and programs using that name, represent a deep and abiding commitment to delivering the highest quality services possible to families and children. As the Healthy Families America initiative continues to grow and expand, accreditation helps assure that Healthy Families Athens will continue to be regarded by the interested public as a quality program, representing a given set of principles.
Since 1997, Prevent Child Abuse America has implemented an application process allowing community-based programs to use the Healthy Families name through a formal affiliation with the Healthy Families America initiative.The accreditation process is based upon a stringent set of 12 critical elements grounded in over 30 years of research.The process includes:
* A lengthy self-study which is assessed by a national peer review team
* A site visit by a national peer review team that includes meeting with program staff, supervisors, board members and client families
* Ongoing technical assistance
Completion of accreditation reflects a commitment to implementing twelve critical Healthy Families elements, and this commitment is validated when a program successfully completes the process.Healthy Families accreditation is public recognition by Prevent Child Abuse America that a home visitation program is following best practice standards.Accredited programs maintain use of the Healthy Families name and logo and affiliation with Healthy Families America (The Healthy Families America name is a trademark of Prevent Child Abuse America, who is the sole grantee of the right to use the name).
This accreditation further validates the outstanding work by the PCCA Program Director, Jennifer Henderson and Clinical Supervisor Grace Arthur as well as the entire Healthy team of LeTroyce Turner, Wanda Whitehead, Monica Cruz, Ivey Deas, Lilis Deals, Cathey Abernathy, Adrian Watwood and Erica Chastain.
Congratulations to PCAA's Healthy Families staff.
Starry, Starry Night Tickets... Order yours HERE!
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.