The organization will recognize the milestone with a gala May 1 at Newcastle, the private Buckhead estate of Ed and Judy Garland and the setting of scenes from several movies including “Driving Miss Daisy.”
The event, which will feature a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres, will serve as both a celebration of Odyssey’s 40th anniversary and a fundraiser to further support its mission, said Leslie Manaugh, event chairwoman. “Because so many have been generous in donations — including Judy and Ed Garland, who are allowing us to hold the event at Newcastle, their beautiful and historic home, and the many sponsors who have given money, goods and services — we expect the event to be a fundraising success,” she said. “With the continuing need to find the financial resources to support Odyssey’s array of high-quality programs, a fundraiser such as this one is expected to provide an important monetary shot in the arm.”
The center’s executive director, Barbara LeNoble, declined to disclose the fundraising goal for the event.
“We are raising money which is so needed, but equally important to us is the cultivation of new friends and the re-engagement of old ones,” she said.
LeNoble, a Buckhead resident, said the support of that community has been valuable to the center’s success throughout the years.
“Without the support of the Buckhead area, I don’t know if we would be able to continue the exemplary care that we do,” she said. “I know that oftentimes it’s a challenge when your donors are not driving by a building every day.”
The center, which operates locations in College Park and Hapeville, serves clients throughout the metro Atlanta area and offers a variety of services, including mental health care, trauma recovery and substance abuse help.
“What we want to do is give the gift of mental health to families and individuals and by doing so, we’re hoping that the families and individuals feel empowered to go on and thrive through their life,” LeNoble said.
Lately a trend the center has been experiencing is an increase in young clients — children as young as 2 and adolescents from 12 to 17, she said.
“Hopefully if you get these little ones in early enough, we can try to make a profound influence on them so that they can lead healthy lives,” LeNoble said.
If you go:
What: Odyssey Family Counseling Center’s 40th anniversary fundraiser
When: May 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Newcastle, a private estate on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead