2016 Brew Masters
On Saturday, April 9, over 130 friends attended Brew Masters, a benefit for The First Tee of East Lake. This Masters Tournament viewing party took place at Whitehall Tavern. Photo credit: Paula Harding
The First Tea Party
On February 6, 2016, we hosted The First Tea Party, a benefit for The First Tee of East Lake. Crystal Edmonson served as the special guest speaker. We also enjoyed music and artwork by Drew Charter School students.
2015 East Lake Invitational
One of the most exciting events each year is the annual East Lake Invitational, a two-day fundraiser for the East Lake Foundation, held at East Lake Golf Club just a few weeks before the TOUR Championship. The 2015 event kicked off on Sunday, August 30th with a round of golf at East Lake followed by a cocktail party and live auction. On Monday, August 31st, 26 foursomes had the opportunity to play alongside a PGA TOUR professional, a sports legend or a well-known celebrity. The event was hosted by four-time PGA TOUR winner Billy Andrade and 2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink.
Road to East Lake 5K
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the East Lake Foundation, we partnered with the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to host the Road to East Lake 5K. The start and finish lines were at the Charles R. Drew Charter School and the race went through the beautiful East Lake community. The route also allowed participants to have the unique opportunity to run through the front 9 holes of the historic East Lake Golf Club, home of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, which will take place Sept. 24-27, 2015. Click here for the complete list of photos.
8th Annual Charlie Yates Memorial Golf Tournament
On May 15, 2015, friends and family gathered to celebrate the memory of Mr. Charlie Yates and his commitment to the youth of the East Lake community. Following an outing with The First Tee of East Lake, an awards reception and dinner was held at the Charlie Yates Golf Course. Congratulations to our winners: Comer Yates and Aubrey Graves (Big Break Competition) and Bert Ponder and Solomon Dobbs (Yates Tournament)!
The First Tea
On May 9, 2015, we hosted the innaugural First Tea Party, a benefit for The First Tee of East Lake. Shirley Franklin served as a special guest speaker. We also enjoyed music and artwork by Drew Charter School students.
School is in Session - Drew Senior Academy
On July 29, we opened the Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy at the Charlie Yates Campus, completing the East Lake community's cradle-to-college education pipeline.
We welcomed 580 bright, eager 6th – 10th grade students who brought life to their new campus! We fully expect 100% of our Class of 2017, and all who follow, to graduate from the Drew Charter School Senior Academy prepared to attend college. We can continue to make history from now through May 2017 with your help. Your continued support of the East Lake Foundation allows Drew Charter School to create infinite possibilities for our students.
Thanks for making East Lake a community where possibility takes place!
7th Annual Charlie Yates Memorial Golf Tournament
On May 21, 2014, friends and family gathered to celebrate the memory of Mr. Charlie Yates and his commitment to the youth of the East Lake community. Following an outing with The First Tee of East Lake, an awards reception and dinner was held at Drew Charter's new Junior and Senior Academy at the Yates campus.
Photo credit: Bob James Photography
Campaign Supporters Tour Drew Senior Academy
Photo Credit: Paula Harding
Comcast Cares Day
On Saturday, April 26, the East Lake Community Learning Garden and Urban Farm served as a volunteer site for Comcast Cares Day. The event began in 2001 and is the culmination of the company’s year-round volunteer activities.
The First Tee of East Lake Service Project
On Saturday, April 5, The First Tee of East Lake hosted a community service project. Members of the Friends of The First Tee of East Lake, a volunteer group, and 20 junior golfers prepared more than 150 bag lunches and distributed them to those in need in Hurt Park.
2014 Brew Masters
On Saturday, April 12, over 150 friends attended Brew Masters, a benefit for The First Tee of East Lake. This Masters Tournament viewing party took place at BlueTarp Brewing Co. in Decatur, GA. Photo credit: Paula Harding
Dr. Meria Carstarphen
On April 1, 2014, the East Lake Foundation and Charles R. Drew Charter School hosted our new Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen. The visit included a brief history about the revitalization in East Lake, Drew Charter School’s progress, and a tour of Drew Charter School and the East Lake YMCA.
We were grateful to have several representatives from the Atlanta Board of Education also on the visit including Courtney English (Chair), Matt Westmoreland, Leslie Grant, and Howard Grant (Executive Director).
Cox Curry Hard Hat Tour
On March 21, 2014, approximately 30 staff members from Coxe Curry & Associates attended a hard hat tour of the new Charles R. Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy.
Drew Charter School - What Works
The Charles R. Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy was recently featured through an inspiring video in the Low Income Investment Fund (https://www.facebook.com/liifund) (LIIF) 2013 Annual Report. LIIF’s investment in “What Works” helps complete the East Lake Foundation’s cradle-to-college pipeline with a new state-of-the-art educational facility for middle and high school students. Watch more in the video below.
Vice President Biden Visits East Lake
On March 4, 2014, the East Lake Foundation welcomed Vice President Biden to the East Lake community. The Vice President toured the East Lake Early Learning Academy, which serves children from birth to three years old, located at the East Lake Family YMCA.
Drew STEAM Sculpture Dedication Event
On Thursday, October 24, 2013, the hard work of many Drew Charter School students was celebrated as the STEAM site sculpture was dedicated with dancing and music. Thanks to Jeff Mather, STEAM Artist-in-Residence, musician Grady Cousins (who led an impromptu percussion jam during the celebration) and all of Drew's partners who helped make this sculpture happen! Congratulations to the Drew students who were part of the design and fabrication team -- STEAM education in action!
Opening Ceremonies - 2013 TOUR Championship
The First Tee of East Lake's Kayla McClendon had the honor of hitting the "Hope" ceremonial tee shot to start the 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Golf legend Dow Finsterwald hit the "Tradition" tee shot. Military men and women were also recognized at the event.
2013 Donor Appreciation Day
The East Lake Foundation welcomed donors to the 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Chevron STEM Zone TOUR Championship 2013
Charles R. Drew Charter School students visited the Chevron STEM Zone during the 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Science, technology, engineering and math explained through the game of golf!
Drew Teacher/Staff Appreciation Event 2013
The East Lake Foundation welcomed Drew Charter School's teachers and staff at a back-to-school Appreciation Reception, held at the East Lake Golf Club on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Teachers and staff from Kennedy Middle School, where Drew's Junior and Senior Academies will be housed during the 2013-2014 academic year, also attended.
RCSP Empowering Employment Day - July 2013
The Resident & Community Support Program at The Villages of East Lake hosted CareerBuilder for Empowering Employment Day, July 2013.
Elavon/US Bank & First Tee Golf Outing
East Lake Foundation supporters from Elavon and US Bank golfed with The First Tee of East Lake participants on July 17, 2013.