Party-goers gathered at Heretic on Friday, July 20, 2012 to kick the weekend off with the Joining Hearts pre-party featuring DJ Joe Gauthreaux. $1 of everyone's cover went to Joining Hearts, a charity group that raises money for local HIV/AIDS organizations like Jerusalem House and AID Atlanta. Photos by Brent Corcoran / RNZ Photography
Jerusalem House, Atlanta's oldest and largest provider of housing for homeless and low-income individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, is in the running for a $250,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation.
The local nonprofit was also awarded a $25,000 grant last year as part of the Aprons in Action campaign where users of the social networking site Facebook voted for one of three nonprofits per month.
Each of the monthly finalists will now have one month to secure as many votes for their organization as possible. Click here to vote: https://www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation?sk=app_112064278918490
Jerusalem House had this to say on its Facebook page:
Today at noon was the final day to cast your vote for Jerusalem House in its neck-and-neck battle with another nonprofit for a $25,000 award from Home Depot. The winner will be officially announced July 1, but the nonprofit is posting via social media that it appears to have won the contest by some 200 votes.
Jerusalem House, Atlanta's oldest and largest provider of housing for homeless and low-income individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, went against other finalists The Abilities Foundation, based in Seminole, FL; Service International, from St. Louis, MO; and Teen Challenge from Reno, NV, as finalists in the Aprons in Action program. The tight battle came between Jerusalem House and Teen Challenge who exchanged leads throughout the voting process, with sometimes less than a dozen votes separating them at times.
HIV housing agency was in nail biter of a race to win Home Depot award, appears to have won by some 200 votes
Jerusalem House, Atlanta's oldest and largest provider of housing for homeless and low-income individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, has been selected as a finalist in the Home Depot-sponsored Aprons in Action program.
The Abilities Foundation, based in Seminole, FL, Service International, from St. Louis, MO, and Teen Challenge from Reno, NV are also nominated.
Each finalist receives a $5,000 Home Depot gift card, and the grand prize, awarded to the cause with the most votes after 30 days, will be given a $25,000 gift card. Jerusalem House Executive Director Charlie Frew says that winning the grand prize would go to good use:
When you hear the words Joining Hearts, the image most likely to pop up in your head is hundreds of people in bathing suits, standing around the Piedmont Park pool enjoying cocktails, as booming beats thunder in the background — all to raise thousands of dollars for AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House.
But Joining Hearts also holds events throughout the year to raise funds for these organizations, as well as its annual Wish List holiday party where guests bring toys for the children at Jerusalem House and gift cards for youths who are part of the teen program at AID Atlanta.
A wish list for the Wish List party is set up at Target stores and available online, said Patrick McCulley, board member of Joining Hearts.