The Campagna Center Newsletter -- Fall 2013

Campagna Has Been Busy!  Can you Keep Up?

Digital Mission, Accepted

Our new website is here!  You're reading it now!

We've made learning about and participating in our programs, events, and organization easier than ever.  We're also excited to offer news ways to get involved by volunteering or learning more about our programs by scheduling a tour.

Stay tuned to our new website for more exciting updates as we advance our mission.  The best is yet to come!

Your Time to Shine

On September 24, 2013, The Campagna Center hosted a reception at the historic Athenaeum honoring some of its most generous donors and supporters.  The awards and those recognized were:

Community Partner of the Year - Institute For Defense Analyses (IDA).  For nearly the entire existence of our Building Better Futures (BBF) program, IDA has been a dedicated supporter, providing volunteer tutors and mentors to help hundreds of students served by the program. IDA Director of Facilities, Management, and Administrative Services Daniel Wright and Research Staff Member Keith Green accepted the award on behalf of IDA.

Board Service Award - Lonnie Rich, for his exemplary commitment and service to Campagna on its Board of Directors.

Outstanding Employee Award - Krishna Leyva was acknowledged as the founding Director of BBF.  Over the past 10 years, Krishna has helped create one of the city's most successful programs for students.  This past year, 95 percent of Building Better Futures seniors graduated from high school and were accepted to college.  We'll miss you, Krishna!

Founder's Award - Laura Lawler, Senior Vice President, Sun Trust Bank.  For more than 22 years, Laura has given her time, talent, and treasure to ensure that Campagna has the resources needed to thrive.  Laura has served in numerous capacities, including as a Junior Friend, Supporting Friend, Finance Committee member, and Board Member as Treasurer.

Beer, Brats & Better Education

On a recent Fall evening, guests packed The Campagna Center to eat, drink, be merry, and raise funds for Campagna's New Neighbors ELL program.  In keeping with the Oktoberfest theme, beer from Port City Brewing Company, a Gold Medalist in the World Beer Championship, and Wisconsin bratwurst from Mike Hudgins was provided to attendees who bought tickets in support of the program.  In addition to sumptuous food and drink, The Center was lined with items up for silent auction.  Supporters bid on these items, as well as others in a live auction.  All proceeds were donated to New Neighbors!

Fall Fun

150 children and parents enrolled in Early Childhood Programs gathered recently for good, clean fun.  Families enjoyed face painting, food tasting--featuring pumpkin bread, apple pie, cider, and a plate of baked goods donated by Firehook--and a pumpkin patch scavenger hunt.  While listening to the live children's music, they also played for the cameras in our photo booth.  Always with a eye towards enrichment, there was even pumpkin seed counting after pumpkins were carved!  Special thanks to the Junior & Supporting Friends who supported this event!

Campagna Family Strengthened

As September approached, Campagna held its Annual All-Staff Retreat, where over 200 employees from every part of the organization gathered to prepare for the upcoming program year.

Campagna President and CEO Dr. Tammy L. Mann spoke about recognizing the potential we have for change--inside and out. She challenged all to join her in bringing their personal best every day, and to create a cultural space where this was possible.  A panel, including Campagna Board Member Christopher Campagna, also spoke about their own commitment to the organization.  Mr. Campagna, grandson of Elizabeth Campagna, shared the startling statistic that helped kindle his support: prison budgets are based on 3rd Grade reading scores, with the odds of landing in prison compounding very year they fail in school.  Other personal experiences were shared, including those of Deontae Dunkley, a Group Leader in Campagna Kids.  "When I meet a kid, it lets me know how much I impact them," he said.  "Certain kids need people like me around ... someone who is not just helping them grow, but is actually growing with them."

Ultimately, the meeting increased knowledge about the ways in which our services positively influenced the lives of children and families.  Many left with a renewed sense of commitment to Campagna's mission and work.