ATLANTA, GA –– The ACADA Foundation will kick off its first fundraiser and awards dinner gala on Friday, November 4, 2016, at the beautiful Wimbish House, located at 1150 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA. The evening will consist of live entertainment, a silent and live auction by George Franco of Atlanta’s Fox 5 News, and dinner prepared by celebrity chef Johnnie Winston III. Red Carpet will be held from 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm and the award ceremony, entertainment and live auction start at 8:30 pm. The Black & White event will be an evening of fundraising and fun.
Entertainment will be provided by American Idol’s Season 12 Winner and actor, Candice Glover; Peabody award-winning lyrical poet Abyss, of HBO Def; R&B singer Vedo, contestant on NBC’s Season 4 of “The Voice”; and Clark Atlanta’s Philharmonic Society. Celebrity comedian & actor TK Kirkland will serve as the Host for the event. The phenomenal 12-year-old, The Real DJ Face of America’s Got Talent will DJ the after party. Celebrity actor and recording artist Redge Green, of the movie, “Boyz in the Hood” will make a special guest appearance. Additionally, dancer Karmin Mosley, singer Katy Durham, Pastor & singer Collier Starks, singer & pianist Garrison Davis and dance artists, Conscious Creativity will perform.
Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/acada-the-first-acada-awards-and-dinner-fundraiser-tickets-27449078934. Sponsorship tables are available at $360.00. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Janie & Ida’s House of Hope, Inc. Those who cannot attend but would like to donate to the cause may go to the website www.acadafoundation.com.
Established earlier this year by Founder & CEO Evie T. McDuff, ACADA is a non-profit organization that supports victims of domestic abuse by assisting in relocating victims, counseling, delivery of clothing and food to shelters, paying utilities, new home assistance, transportation, and awarding full scholarships to students of survivors.
ACADA’s purpose is to help survivors remain independent financially as well as emotionally. “We want to be able to help families with acquiring abuse counseling, childcare and home expenses. We will help them find programs to learn trades for better employment opportunities and eventually help them build credit, buy homes and be able to pay college tuition for themselves and/or their children,” says McDuff.
She adds, “Darkness doesn’t have to last forever, seasons change and if they are willing to do the work, they can overcome the greatest obstacles as they walk into their new healthier, happier lives.”
Awards will be presented to Ashley Thompson, Evangelist Blondell Williams, Kevin Womack, Khalidah Raheem-Stewart and a surprise award.
McDuff is hoping to get celebrities involved with her foundation. Her spouse created a wooden box and named it, “The Commitment Box”. It was designed to commit to “Break the Chains” to domestic abuse. She was inspired by an ancestral wooden box that was discovered locked and chained, containing written letters of abuse. Her husband, Vedal McDuffie built over 100 personalized commitment boxes to donate to celebrities including, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Rickey Smiley, NeNe Leakes, Porshe Williams, Tamar Braxton, and many others, challenging them to join the movement and donate to her organization.
Sponsors include Robbie Ray Management, Vibrant Web Creations, Security Consultants and Accurate Responder Services, Emailevation, and Exclusive Designs.
Meet the Founder, Evie T. McDuff
Evie McDuff is the founder of the ACADA Foundation and author of “Don’t Play in the Sun: Breaking the Chains” – Book 1. She is a Domestic Abuse Advocate and has a passion for helping her community. McDuff volunteers at a women’s shelter, serves as a care provider for the mentally ill and is a Community Youth Leader & mentor.
For additional information, visit www.AcadaFoundation.com.
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