Steve Hightower and his team strive to bring much-needed coverage, exposure, attention, and assets to the small local charities that support children and youth in need.
Steve’s network of Atlanta’s socialites, philanthropists, business owners, and city influencers are indispensable to the causes in which he is involved. His connections to local print and television are keys to the success of his charity efforts.
Steve’s fundraising experience is extensive, and he has been on several charity boards. He founded Thriving Children Gala, An Evening to Believe In, which, for ten years, was rated one of the top five charity/social events of the season in Atlanta, according to local media.
The gala featured a fashion show, a 17-piece orchestra, live entertainment, silent and live auction, food from top Atlanta caterers and cocktails, followed by dancing. Thriving Children Gala has raised over $1,000,000.00 for children’s charities over the past decade. Charities the Hightower Team has helped include:
Mountain Angels, an organization that assist disadvantaged children in the mountains of Alabama.
ChildKind, a charity that helps medically fragile children
CCYA, a charity that helps youth who have not found a fit in the foster care system.
Fragile Kids, a charity that helps medically fragile children with medical equipment that insurance will not cover.
Lost-n-Found Youth is an Atlanta-based nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths to age 26 off the street and transition them into more permanent housing.
Steve says, “When I hear the stories of rejection from family, churches, schoolmates, and society, I feel that I have to step up and help these youths. They are beaten down and feel unwanted by the world. Many are suicidal and, sad to say, some have ended their own lives. Quick and sustained assistance from our community can change their lives and put them on the road to independent and happy living.”
Lost-n-Found Youth operates a 24/7 hotline at 678-856-7825, a Thrift Store, a Youth Center that has 51 beds for temporary housing, and a 6-bed 90-day housing facility.