kate atwoodBy Kate Atwood


 

It has been so much fun – and inspiring – for me to learn about and share with you each month the countless dynamic and creative ways Atlantans are giving back.

Several months into this column, I thought this would be a good time to pause and tell you a little bit more about me. I feel very privileged to be among the Intowners contributing to our community.

To know me is to know Kate’s Club, the non-profit organization that I founded six years ago. Kate’s Club exists to empower children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. I started Kate’s Club as the result of my own personal loss – the death of my mom when I was 12 years old. Starting Kate’s Club left an everlasting mark on my spirit. I set out to help others and received the greatest gift in return: an unveiling of my own happiness and purpose.  That is why I share my passion for helping others with you each month.  Building a giving lifestyle not only helps all those around us but lifts your own spirit as well.

Today, Kate’s Club is a successful Midtown-based non-profit that serves hundreds of kids who are grieving the death of a parent or a sibling, with programs, outings and an annual camp.  I am so proud of how far we have come in developing positive, dynamic programs that are giving these kids hope and happiness in the face of such a tragic event in a young life.   If you know of a child or family that would benefit from our services, I encourage you to reach out to us or check out www.katesclub.org.  All of our programs are free and are open to children of all ages all throughout the metro area.

As the organization has grown, so has the need for increased support from the community. Once a year, we put on a festive gala that helps us do both, all centered on a fun party to celebrate Kate’s Club.  On Friday, Aug. 21, we will hold the 6th Annual Kate’s Club Cabaret at the W Atlanta Downtown, located at 45 Ivan Allen Blvd.  The party will include food and drink, live music, special guests, and fun live and silent auctions.  Our hosts for the evening will be Bert Weiss, from The Bert Show on All the Hits Q100 and Mark Hayes, from Good Day Atlanta. Individual tickets are $100.

Aside from the obvious bias I have for this cause, I can honestly endorse attending this event having experienced firsthand the excitement of the evening and the tremendous benefit it brings to the Kate’s Club. You can purchase a ticket and find out more about Kate’s Club at www.katesclub.org. Doors open at 8 p.m. See you there and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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