The Stiletto News

Vol. 2, No. 2, December 2022

Happy Holidays to all of our Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Family and Friends or as we like to call it “framily”!

We are excited to send this second edition of our quarterly newsletter, The Stiletto News. “Why The Stiletto News?” you might ask. Well, you may have seen pictures of pink stilettos on our website or in our social media and wondered about their significance. Ashton firmly believed that how you presented yourself determined how you were treated. She always dressed professionally yet with a stylish touch of her own. These pink shoes were Ashton’s and, along with her subtle purple hair, represent how she was able to allow her outgoing personality to shine through while still looking professional. In our newsletter, we hope to not only share with you in a clear and concise way, professional if you will, what is happening in our organization but also to let the personality of the Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation shine through.


Your Donations at Work

Throughout 2022, we were able to help many women begin their journey to prosper in their future.   We have been able to support 42 women with scholarships.  27 at Innovative Health Institute for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.  11 at Athens Technical College to receive certifications in Phlebotomy, Welding, GED program, Interior design, Veterinary Tech, & computer support specialist. 2 women at One Breath CNA, a new partner with the Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation to receive their CNA certifications.   We were also able to support these same women by funding their background checks and drug screening tests (a significant impediment to their education because they couldn’t even begin the enrollment process without first having completed these two screenings.)  What is noteworthy is that one of these women was a referral from Acceptance Recovery Center – marking the first time our new partnership with ARC led to a woman’s life changing both in terms of addiction and education successes.

 

 

 

2022 Hope Gala: Puttin’ on the Ritz

We had a wonderful time at our annual fundraiser that included a silent auction, raffle inclding trips of a lifetime, local artists ‘creations, memorabilia and more. If you were unable to attend, you missed a great time including beautiful decorations dreamed up and executed by some truly talented Athens Tech design students, delicious food provided by Chops & Hops, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe and Mama’s Boy, Suphred’s Cake Creations and entertainment from The Ashley Rivera Duo with Gary Stone. We even had special guest singers from the Mighty McFly 80’s Inspired Party Band. Through the generous donations of our AHKF community, we raised more at the Hope Gala for 2023 than we paid out in scholarships in 2022, ensuring the continued growth of our programs and also ensuring we never have to say “no” to a qualified applicant!

THANK YOU to All for helping to make this happen! 


WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

We raised enought to support 5 women with books and supplies from this years Giving Tuesday Fundraiser through Facebook. Every year you can help support the Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation by giving to fund Scholarships for Technical Traning, and Grants for Materials Support. Want to join me in supporting a good cause? Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. $100 pays for books and supplies. $1000 pays for technical training scholarships and $1500 covers full CNA tuition.

 

 

 

Angels for Ashton Giving Tree

Angels for Ashton Giving Trees are a great way to provide a small gesture of kindness by purchasing gifts for women to give their children or for college students in need, lifting the stress of the holiday season and motivating them to continue working towards their goals.

We will be working with Women to the World https://www.womentotheworld.org/ And Innovative Health Institute https://www.ihci411.com/ to gather (Name, age, gender and possibly sizes) of each child for families in need.

Once a gift is purchased, TAGGED and UPWRAPPED gifts can be dropped off or mailed to 1230 Scotland Bend, Watkinsville, GA 30677 or dropped off at the following locations of the trees:

 

Orange Theory Fitness: – The Mark, 265 Oconee Street, Suite G, Athens, GA – Beachwood Shopping Center, 196 Alps Road, Athens, GA The Classic Center: – 300 N Thomas St, Athens, GA Club Pilates: – Beachwood Shopping Center, 290 Alps Road, Athens, GA Once a gift is purchased, you can drop them off tagged and unwrapped or mail them to 1230 Scotland Bend, Watkinsville, GA 30677. You can also drop the gifts off at the tree locations listed above!

IN THE NEWS

 

The Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation received grants from the following in 2022:

 

United Way of Northeast Georgia grants funds to programs that provide direct services to meet the most pressing needs, which fall into three focus areas: basic needs, early childhood success, and workforce development. The Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation received a grant in the area of workforce development.

 

Walmart local community grants provide funding directly from Walmart andSam’s Club facilities.  There area in which we received funding was in the area of Education: Providing afterschool enrichment, tutoring or vocational training for low-income individuals and families in the local service area.

 

AHKF was awarded a grant from the Junior League of Athens. This grant money will go directly towards scholarships to help young women further their education and provide job training. Thank you @jlathens! We love working alongside you to help women in our community. ⁠

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation was honored to receive a grant from The Kirby Smart Family Foundation. Board members were invited to attend the Giving Day Luncheon recognizing grant recipients which was held at the UGA football indoor practice facility. What a fun event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also received funding from Raytheon.  Raytheon makes charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations involved with math and science education, armed services, and local communities.

 

 


IN THE SPOTLIGHT


I want to thank Oconee Chamber, Women in Business for providing us with a Scholarship to one of the women we serve.

I would like to tell you about the scholarship recipient.

Brooke is an Athens Tech Student studying to become a certified Radiographic Technician.

Brooke’s journey toward her educational dreams were interrupted 5 yeas ago when she became addicted to drugs.  She found herself homeless, jobless, and hopeless.  She lost everything.  After reaching her rock bottom, she found a place at Acceptance Recovery Center, ARC and began a new journey toward recovery.  When working with the staff at ARC they set goals and the number one goal Brooke had, was to return to school and reach her dream to become a Radiographic Tech.

Now, Brooke is almost 2 years into her sobriety and on her second semester at Athens Tech.  Brooke states that her life has completely changed.  Her family can now trust her and everyone in her life knows they can depend on her.  She states that she is humble now because she knows what it is like to lose it all.  However, her recovery is the thing she is most proud of.  Without recovery she could not dream.

Brooke’s story is something she is not ashamed of.  Her story has the power to help others and she is thankful for that.

Brooke is now an Alumni of ARC.  She is employed and spends many hours as a volunteer at ARC Women’s Center helping new residents get back on their feet.  She also helps the ARC staff with whatever they need her to do.

Brooke received a scholarship with Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation in May and has continued to strive to reach her educational goals.  Brooke is an example of many of the women we serve who receive scholarships and grants from the Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation.

The Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation’s mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty for women in the Northeast Georgia area by providing technical training scholarships, grants for material support and aligning with strategic partners, such as the Oconee County Chamber Women in Business.

Again, Thank you so much for this scholarship opportunity.  I have no doubt that Brooke’s story will continue to be bright, and she will achieve her dreams.

 


UpComing Events

The Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation will be hosting their Inaugural Stiletto Stampede 5K Run/Walk, “A unique event in which you must wear a stiletto on your person to participate in the race but not on your feet.” Make it fun, get creative!  We will have stiletto beads available to wear. The proceeds of the race will fund technical scholarships & grants for materials support to help further our mission to break the cycle of generational poverty for women in the Athens area.

We will have the 80’s Inspired Party Band Mighty McFly for entertainment.After the race there will be plenty of refreshments and great food for everyone.

Whether you run or walk, come join us for a great time at Sandy Creek Park.


Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Inc

1230 Scotland Bnd
Watkinsville, GA 30677
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