Friday, October 30, 2009

Teenagers Are At The Top Of Nonprofit's Gift List This Holiday Season

The Atlanta Bow Tie Society will kick off Atlanta’s busy holiday fundraising season when it hosts the second annual Black Tie Ball on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the Georgian Terrace in Midtown Atlanta, which will feature a “Vintage Vegas” theme, complete with a Vegas-style orchestra and casino games. Gift proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit teen-focused organizations during the upcoming holiday season.

To fulfill its mission to make the holidays a special time for underprivileged teenagers, Atlanta Bow Tie Society (ABTS) members and invited guests will bring unwrapped age-appropriate gifts to the “Vintage Vegas” fundraiser. The gifts will be donated to several metro Atlanta nonprofits including A Friends House, Another Way Out, Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, CHRIS Kids, Cobb County Center for Children and Young Adults, Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, Noah’s Ark Children Care Homes, Rainbow House of Clayton County and The Bridge. Last year, Atlanta Bow Tie Society members and guests donated $50,000 in gifts and gifts cards at the Black Tie Ball.

“It is an honor for the Atlanta Bow Tie Society to be able support these organizations during the holidays,” said Scott Willett, president of Willett Honda South and a founding member of the Atlanta Bow Tie Society. “We hope to raise a significant number of gift contributions that will encourage a cheerful holiday, especially for the teenagers living at each residential care facility.”

Founding board members of the Atlanta Bow Tie Society are Kelly and Scott Willett, Lisa and Bill Tush and Merry and Chris Carlos. Additional board members include Usher Raymond IV, Bert Weis, Mark Taylor, Mark Hayes, Anne and Dave Sapp, Dr. and Mrs. John Schilling and Eleanor Ringel Cater and Arthur Cater.

For more information about joining the Atlanta Bow Tie Society, contact Lisa Tush at, or visit

About Willett Honda South
Willett Honda South (, based in Morrow, Ga., is one of the premier leaders in the automotive industry and is currently ranked among the top 150 Honda dealers in the U.S. in terms of sales volume. An independently owned dealership, Willett Honda’s inventory consists of 400 new and 125 used vehicles including the Honda Pilot, Accord and Civic. In addition, the dealership offers a comprehensive parts and service department. The company’s 90 employees share a common desire to provide the best opportunities to its customers, surrounding communities, and manufacturer.

About Atlanta Bow Tie Society
The Atlanta Bow Tie Society (ABTS) ( is a membership-driven nonprofit organization established in 2007 to benefit underprivileged teenagers. ABTS distributes gifts to teen-focused nonprofit organizations in metro Atlanta each December. ABTS members come from a cross-section of Atlanta’s business, nonprofit, entertainment, sports and philanthropic community.

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