Virtual Fall Gala & Silent Auction

Garden of Hope

Wednesday, November 11th @ 9am
Sunday, November 15th @ 9pm

Special Presentation on Sunday November 15th @ 5pm 


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Come and join us for a celebration and fun time at our Garden of Hope Gala and Silent Auction! We hope this online event helps promote our services and ministry to the community so that more people know about Lydia's Place and its mission; as well as create a fun and entertaining opportunity that also supports our needs!

The event will include:

  • Silent Auction - Over 5 days!
  • Final Night Presentation
  • Many Sponsorship Opportunities!

 The first 100 registered guests that donate $25 or more wil receive a specialized "Gala in a Box". This will include the following:

  • 2 Cocktail Glasses
  • A Drink Pod mix
  • Two "Garden of Hope" swizzle sticks
  • Gala Candle from Rekindle Candle Co.
  • Iris Bulbs (Irises are the flower of Hope!)
On Sunday, November 15th at 5pm there will be a special online presentation where you can open your box and enjoy your own personal Lydia's Place Fall Gala at home while we share more information about our missions and ministry!

We are currently looking for sponsors and donations for silent auction items. If you are interested in providing a silent auction item we are currently looking for the following donations:

  • Experiences, trips (beach/lake houses, ski trips, classes, cooking dinners, etc.)
  • Gift cards
  • Jewelry
  • Sports memorabilia
  • Art, pottery
  • Spa, nail items
  • Any other items that can be auctioned or bundled together into a basket

Our Missions

In Georgia, on average 400 young adults age out of foster care each year. Of those, statistics show that 20% will be homeless. Founded in Athens, GA in 2017, Lydia's Place has already made an impact to change those statistics:

  • In 2020, Provided college students across the area over 250 Provisions of Hope baskets (which include bedding, towels toiletries, snacks, gift cards and often a personal note from the donor)
  • Partnered with local businesses to give laptops to high school students who are currently in foster care or have recently been adopted out of foster care.
  • Implemented a donation closet at Athens Technical College to provide food and clothing to students in need
  • Started the Damien Godfrey Scholarship which will be given to a deserving young adult each year.
  • Partnered with Athens Area Habitat for Humanity to build the Lydia's Homeplace which will house 8 of our young adults that we are serving.
  • Also 2020, through our partnership with Athens Area Homeless Shelter/ARCH, we have 4 3 bedroom apartments that can house up to 12 of our Lydia's Place Friends.


For more information please contact:

Paul Clark, Operations and Development Coordinator
678.389.9875 *