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Atlanta Bucks ‘Purple Dress Run’ to plow through Midtown

Purple Dress Run

If you happen to be in Midtown April 21, don’t be alarmed if you run into well over 100 buzzed big guys traipsing around in purple dresses.

The sixth annual Purple Dress Run, a fundraiser for the Atlanta Bucks gay rugby team, takes over the city that day, and the 55-man team hopes to raise $5,000 with a little help from their friends.

“The term ‘run’ is used loosely as it’s more of a 5K bar run/walk/crawl/waddle/saunter, depending primarily upon which point along the route you survey the participants,” jokes Bucks President Max Alvarado. “Aside from the occasional wardrobe malfunction along the way, we haven’t lost a runner yet.”

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Consultant sues YouthPride for nonpayment of services

A nonprofit consultant has filed a lawsuit against YouthPride alleging she has not been paid for her services, while YouthPride's executive director counters the consultant herself breached the contract.

In the lawsuit filed in Fulton Magistrate Court on Dec. 5, 2011, Dana Milling states that YouthPride owes her $1,100 for consulting services conducted in May and June 2011. She also alleges the agency owes her $24 for returned check fees.

A call to Milling was not immediately returned.

“YouthPride Inc. owes the plaintiff $1,100 for consulting services provided May and June 2011. Additionally, $24 is owed for return check fees due to the defendant's bank returning two checks because of insufficient funds,” Milling states in her complaint.

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Task force: No more cooperation from YouthPride officials to determine organization’s viability

A planned Feb. 24 report assessing YouthPride's viability as it moves into the future was not finished because documents were not made available from the organization's leadership to volunteer task force members as promised, according to a statement released today.

A community forum on the viability of YouthPride is set for Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church. YouthPride, founded in 1995, serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth ages 13-24 in metro Atlanta.

In December, the agency's executive director, Terence McPhaul, made a public plea to raise $40,000 or it would be forced to close in 60 days. That money has not been raised, but the agency continues to operate despite questions about whether it is a legal entity because it has no formal board of directors and only an executive director who is operating the agency.

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Ad-hoc committees try to help save YouthPride

External shot of LGBT youth advocacy organization YouthPride

Gathered around a table at Avondale Pizza, several young people waiting for their food to arrive joked about school, the different haircuts they want and teased some friends who accidentally went to Savage Pizza down the street.

All utilize the services provided by YouthPride and say they are grateful for the agency and do not want it to disappear.

They understand the nonprofit is facing a financial crisis, can’t pay its rent and is dealing with administrative difficulties. Two community volunteer ad-hoc committees have formed to study YouthPride’s financial and programming viability and are scheduled to make a public report to the community on Feb. 8.

“It’s sad but at same time the people would find ways to continue on [if YouthPride] closed,” said Sean Hussey, 24, who identifies as transfeminine and is a computer science major at Georgia Tech.

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Positive Impact moves to Midtown in October

The new home of Positive Impact

Positive Impact, a local nonprofit that offers mental health and other services to those affected by HIV and AIDS, announced today that it will move its offices from its longtime home on Ralph McGill Boulevard to 60 11th St., between Peachtree and West Peachtree streets.

Positive Impact has been in its current location since 2003. The new location will officially open on Oct. 3, according to a press release issued by the organization.

“This new location will enable the agency to provide its specialized programs to a larger and more diverse group of clients, while also maintaining the level of service to our current clients given the additional convenience afforded by easier parking and access to the Tenth Street MARTA Station,” Executive Director Paul Plate noted in a press release.

Michael Baker, director of advancement for Positive Impact, added that all of the services currently offered by the nonprofit will continue once the move to its new home is complete.

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‘Best year yet’ for Backpack in the Park; donations up 28 percent

2011 Backpack in the Park

This year's Backpack in the Park fundraiser was the “best year yet” and collected 1,826 backpacks for underprivileged school children, organizers announced today. Backpack in the Park was held on July 30 in Piedmont Park.

“This was by far our best year yet for Backpack in the Park,” said Chris Bess, president of For the Kid in All of Us, in a media release.

Donated backpacks increased 28 percent over 2010, the group noted.

“In addition to the backpacks — some 400 more than were donated last year! - we also collected $1,200 in gift cards,” Bess said. “It is so wonderful to see the smile on the kids’ faces when you hand them one of the backpacks. Now they are ready for their first day of school with all the tools they need to be successful! That’s what Backpack in the Park is all about.”

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CHRIS Kids helps LGBT youth find home, support

Moving to a new home is a milestone for any family. For CHRIS Kids, a nonprofit Atlanta agency that provides housing and support to LGBT and other young people, it’s particularly momentous.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal will be on hand Aug. 30 as CHRIS Kids celebrates the grand opening of the CHRIS Counseling Center, Education Center and Summit Trail Apartment Community.

The move unites CHRIS Kids’ administration and other programs with its program to help young adults who were homeless or aging out of foster care that has already moved into the Summit Trail apartments. It also puts the CHRIS Kids administration closer to the agency’s eight group homes for younger children.

“It’s a huge deal because a place that represents home, family, stability and safety for kids needs a permanent home,” says CHRIS Kids CEO Kathy Colbenson. “A home needs a home.”

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Jerusalem House wins $25,000 in Home Depot Facebook competition

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.

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Atlanta’s Jerusalem House up for $25,000 Home Depot award

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: