Voice – May 2012 – Fundraising Efforts and Fun!

Fundraising Efforts and Fun!

  • Dine-Out Saturday to Benefit New Highland Park: Be sure to stop Osteria 832 (832 N. Highland) this Saturday, May 5 from 5pm to 10pm for music, giveaways, $1.50 pizza slices and beer specials! Proceeds from their anniversary celebration will benefit New Highland Park and Fire Station 19. Be sure to bring the family!
  • Summerfest is June 2nd and 3rd  with the neighborhood parade, dinner and movie on June 1st.
    • Win $250 in Art! – “Like us” on the Summerfest Facebook page, and you’ll be automatically registered to win a $250 coupon that you can spend on your choice of art available at the festival!
    • Don’t forget to volunteer (get a free Summerfest t-shirt) – spots are filling up!
    • Print your Summerfest calendar of events!

Don’t Miss Out on the Fun – Volunteer for Summerfest Now!

Please support our incredible community by donating a few hours of your time at this year’s festival. Volunteer slots are generally 2-3 hours, with many areas from which to choose – parade, 5K, artist market, kidsfest, etc.

Volunteering is lots of fun, and Summerfest just won’t be the same without you. Come join in the fun and go home with the coveted volunteer t-shirt!

Click the Volunteerspot link below to learn more and sign up to help. If you have any questions, contact volunteer coordinator John Becker atjnbecker@me.com.


A New Fundraiser For Our New Parkland

The attachment to this Report outlines the details of this fruit tree and berry bush sale. Read about the neat trees and shrubs being offered for sale and then get with your neighbors to plan plantings of those that need cross-pollination and create an orchard on your street. We will also need some early morning helpers on March 13th to bundle and label orders for customer pick-up at the new parkland. Let me know if you can help that morning – should be fun.

Fruit Tree Fundraiser (PDF)


Voice – Fall 2009

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– Summerfest success
– Safety: our neighborhood connection VHList with 331 members
– President’s corner: past year’s achievements
– Streetscape Phase II (Triangle area) update
– Neighborhood arboretum coming to VaHi
– History part IV
– School news: MES, Inman
– New Highland Park fundraising update
– Join the New Highland Park Conservancy
– Neighborhood feels impact of Callanwolde construction
– New afterschool program (Garrison)
– City Storage
– Col. Mustard reviews D.B.A. Barbeque


Voice – Summer 2009

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– Summerfest
– Neighborhood preservation committee update
– Planning for 2009 Tour of Homes
– Historic Fourth Ward Park under construction
– President’s Corner: fundraising for new park
– News from MES and Inman
– SPARK gets name and principal
– Join New Highland Park Conservancy
– New businesses: Glamour Paws, D.B.A. Barbeque, Silverstein, Thomas & Carter
– VHCA wants you!
– Rufus Henry Stansell (1929-2009) neighborhood folk artist
– Col. Mustard reviews Belly General Store
– History of Virginia Highland Part III


VHCA Purchases Former Library Lots for New Park

The following article is copied from the web archive of Dec. 22, 2008 of the old VHCA website . (Editor, 8/22/2012)

On Thursday, December 4, 2008, the Virginia-Highland Civic Association (“VHCA”) closed on the purchase of the two lots adjacent to N. Highland Avenue at 1076 and 1082 St. Charles Place. These two lots are currently vacant (they are the site of the former public library), and the intention is to turn them into green space.

The financing was through the Georgia Land Conservation Revolving Loan Fund. Due to a recent change in this loan program (passed by the Georgia Legislature, effective July 1, 2008), non-governmental (non-profit) entities may now apply for low-cost financing, and the VHCA was the first non-profit in the State of Georgia to secure such funds under the new rules. The interest rate is 3%, and our loan term is 15 years. The VHCA will fund payments on the property until private (individual/ corporate/ grant) funds can be raised to pay off the loan. We must complete the design for the park by January 2010, and construction by January 2011.

The loan program includes a requirement that the financed project be one that pertains to land conservation, with a water quality benefit. The space will therefore be used for a passive park and “rain garden” – utilized for recreation, walking, community gathering and educational programs for the residents of Virginia-Highland… and what better location for a passive park than in the heart of Atkins Park!

A special “thank you” is extended to Sandy d’Aprile, who acted as real estate agent for the VHCA, without compensation, and to Paul Burks, VHCA Board Member, who did extensive legwork to support the VHCA’s application for financing to the Georgia Land Conservation Program. We now have over $800,000 to raise, to pay off the loan, so we need to get very busy and begin our fundraising efforts!!!


Help us increase Virginia-Highland’s green space!

VHCA is concerned about quality of life in our neighborhood and Atlanta. To maintain as much green space for our residents and children, the association has pledged money to purchase the lot located at North Highland Avenue and St. Charles Avenue, and convert it into a small city park. The lot is currently on the market for $700,000. VHCA has pledged $15,000 as seed money for this project.

How can you help?

We need your help to buy this space and keep it green! While we are looking to raise funds from foundations, corporations, the City of Atlanta and other NGO’s, we are asking neighborhood residents for contributions as well!

Please make your tax deductible donations out to Park Pride, and note St. Charles Park on the check. Mail your donations to:

The Virginia-Highland Civic Association
P.O. Box 8401
Atlanta, GA 31106

Many thanks for your consideration and donations. We look forward to continuing to keep our neighborhood as green as possible for the benefit of our residents, their children and visitors. Please contact Rob Glancy, Parks Co-Chair at (404) 467-9922 ext. 100 with any questions or if you would like to volunteer your time and effort to this project. You may also contact Rob by email at parks@vahi.org.


Heartfelt dinner benefiting Cunard Playground a success!

Many thanks to the hundreds of friends, residents and restaurants who joined the Virginia-Highland neighborhood in the Heartfelt Benefit Dinner on Tuesday, October 21 to honor the Cunard family. A portion of the proceeds from the following restaurants will go toward building the Cunard Memorial Playground in John Howell Park.

American Roadhouse
Atkins Park
Caramba Café
Cold Stone Creamery
Dark Horse Tavern
Doc Chey’s Emory
Doc Chey’s Morningside
Everybody’s Pizza
Gecko Lounge
Highland Tap
La Tavola
Limerick Junction
Moe’s and Joe’s
Neighbor’s Pub
Osteria 832
Taco Mac
Tiburon Grill

Also, mark your calendars for other upcoming events to support the Cunard Memorial Playground:

Sunday, Oct. 26

Cut-a-Thon — Van Michael Salon on North Highland

  • 12 noon until 5 p.m.
  • Get a great haircut for $25 at Van Michael’s and 100% of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the playground.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Whole Foods Day on Ponce de Leon

  • Shop all day and 5 percent of sales will be donated to the playground.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Build the Playground Day

  • 7 a.m. until dark
  • Come to John Howell Park as we build the playground ourselves.
  • Good food and T-shirts provided!

For more information on the playground project and to sign up to volunteer:
or email us at playground@vahi.org.
Details on volunteering shifts and duties available here 10/27/03.

Help us continue to raise the $135,000 needed!

Send donations and checks payable to Park Pride-Cunard Memorial Playground
c/o Virginia-Highland Civic Association
P.O. Box 8401, Station F
Atlanta, GA 31106

Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.