The Stiletto News
Vol. 1, No. 1, November 2021
Happy Thanksgiving 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 first 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
In the spring, we were able to present six scholarships at the Athens Technical College graduation ceremony. These scholarships will help the recipients to continue their educational journey, empowering them to create better lives for themselves and their families. In October, we awarded another 7 scholarships to students for the Phlebotomy and CNA programs at Innovative Healthcare Institute plus $100/student for the required drug and background tests.
2021 Hope Gala: A "Mask"querade Ball
Due to CDC guidelines and concern for the safety of our volunteers and attendees, the Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation's 4th Annual Hope Gala, which is normally held in January, was moved to August this year. As is fitting for the current time, our theme was A "Mask”querade Ball. 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 Butcher & Vine and entertainment from The Ashley Rivera Duo with Gary Stone. Through the generous donations of our AHKF community, we were able to raise enough funds for either 175 GED scholarships, 60 continuing education scholarships, professional gear for several women or a combination of these. THANK YOU for helping to make this happen!
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. This year we have a goal to raise $2,000 during our Giving Tuesday campaign. This would help 2 women receive full continuing education scholarships OR 8 women obtain their GED certificates. Help us reach our goal by donating here!
Angels for Ashton Giving Tree
We are excited to be partnering with Athens PALS, Lydia’s Place and Innovative Healthcare Institute this holiday season! By caring for the children of "Ashton’s Ladies" and supporting students who are on their own, it allows them to keep their focus on their education at their most vulnerable time. In addition to our physical tree located at Orangetheory Fitness, we also have a virtual giving tree. Click here or visit Orangetheory Fitness to select, purchase and donate gifts that will support the Athens community.
IN THE NEWS
The Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation was selected by GIVE BACK Real Estate as one of their vetted causes for 2021-2022! By supporting local causes, like the Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation, they are making a REAL difference in our community.
Check us out in the Q & A section of the Oconee County Chamber's Insider fall issue. Kim Keegan shares why the Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation was founded, what we've been able to do with the help of our donors and what we hope to accomplish in the future.
The Athens Area Community Foundation Nonprofit of the Year Award recognizes and rewards nonprofit organizations in Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties that promote excellence in leadership, management, innovation, collaboration and impact. Our Foundation has been nominated for the 2021 award! The AACF will announce the honoree of the award in January 2022 and provide recognition at the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.
Sponsor Spotlight: Heyward Allen Toyota
Heyward Allen Toyota was our first Double Platinum Sponsor ever during the 2021 Hope Gala fundraiser! We would not be able to do what we do without the support of sponsors like this who love giving back to their community. With their sponsorship, we were able to positively impact even more women and families in Athens and the surrounding communities. Thank you Heyward Allen Toyota!
Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Inc
1230 Scotland Bnd
Watkinsville, GA 30677