Human Clay

  • Human Clay 2024
  • Silent Auction and Donations
  • Sponsorship
  • Previous Year's Human Clay
  • Strengthening Our Future Together

     “The mission of Gateway Center is to connect people experiencing homelessness with the support necessary to become self-sufficient.”

    Gateway Center would like to cordially invite you to attend our 12th Annual Human Clay event as we celebrate 19 years of proudly serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Atlanta.

    The name Human Clay derives from a line in The Novels of Balzac by French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac which states:

    “And a conviction brings a salient indefinable beauty into faces made of the commonest human clay.”

    It is our pleasure to share that Gateway Center’s 12th Annual Human Clay Event will be held in person at The Westminster School in their Barge Commons Building on Tuesday, September 17, 2024 at 6:00p.m. Gateway Center’s vision to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in Atlanta is powered by providing opportunities and building bridges for those we serve while challenging the local community to accept an active role in our work in Strengthening Our Future Together. As we connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to the necessary resources that will assist them in securing stable housing and sustainable income, we encourage the Atlanta community to embrace the perspective of Everybody Vs. Homelessness. By working together to break barriers for the most vulnerable, we inspire others to become actively engaged in advocacy for those we serve in ways that will support and Strengthen Our Future Together as a community.

    Since 2005, Gateway Center has served as a beacon of hope to approximately 8,000 people annually experiencing homelessness.

    “The mission of Gateway Center is to connect people experiencing homelessness with the support necessary to become self-sufficient.”

    Gateway Center continues to deliver programs and services through partnerships that are designed to provide a collective impact approach to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness in transitioning to stable housing.

    Each year we select an individual to honor who has distinguished themselves through their meaningful contributions to community, which have made a direct impact through the promotion of equality and compassion for all. In addition, their advocacy has inspired others to fight for our most vulnerable communities, including the homeless community.  These individuals and organizations have exhibited courage, leadership, and a personal willingness and commitment to Inspiring and challenging the Atlanta community to embrace housing as a right for all, not a privilege for a few.

    Franklin-Hardin Award Recipient – Marc Pollack

    The Franklin-Hardin award allows Gateway Center to honor our history and the transformational leadership of two people who inspired the founding of Gateway Center. These individuals include former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and our Board Chairman Jack Hardin. Gateway Center chose this name for our annual award to celebrate the legacy of Mayor Franklin and Mr. Hardin by recognizing individuals and organizations who have distinguished themselves through their service to the community, promotion of equality, corporate citizenship, and generosity. This year we will honor and celebrate an individual who has Strengthened the Future of the Atlanta community to embrace a strategic plan to end homelessness in Atlanta. Gateway Center has chosen to honor Marc Pollack with The Franklin-Hardin Award.

    We will be honoring Marc Pollack with the Franklin-Hardin award for his commitment to Strengthening Our Future Together in the Atlanta community. Not only does Marc serve on Gateway Center’s Advisory Council, but he is also Chairman of the Board for Partners for Home, which serves as the Atlanta Continuum of Care for Homelessness. In 2020, Marc co-founded The Atlanta Affordable Housing Fund, which is a social impact fund dedicated to creating and preserving affordable housing in Atlanta. We are excited to honor Marc this year for his ongoing commitment and dedication to Strengthening the Future of individuals and families experiencing homelessness with the Franklin-Hardin award this year!


    Auctioneer – Jordan Campbell 

    Gateway Center is excited to announce that Jordan Campbell will return as our Auctioneer for Human Clay 2024. Born is his native Scotland, he excels in engaging audiences in a professional and interactive fashion. An award-winning Event & TV Host, Emcee, and Auctioneer, Jordan loves connecting with guests in a professional and lively fashion. He is passionate about getting on stage and creating a memorable rapport with audiences while truly captivating the crowd. Jordan’s charismatic and engaging personality allows his events to be lively, entertaining, fun, and professional. He is on a passionate mission to help raise revenues for non-profits while elevating their impact as they seek to change lives and make a difference in community. Jordan loves to support the causes closest to his heart, and he is driven to help them succeed in carrying out their missions. He is proud to support these wonderful nonprofits and aims to resonate their mission with guests at every event, so as to maximize the occasion and to truly engage their communities. Gateway Center is excited to have Jordan as our Auctioneer for Human Clay!


    Emcee – Brigette Burnett – CEO & Founder, Choice Productions

    Gateway Center is excited to announce that Brigette Burnett will return as our Emcee for Human Clay 2024. Brigette is an Emmy award-winning journalist and the CEO of Choice Productions, a traveling video production and marketing company that helps companies and organizations showcase their best online presence while outperforming competition. Before becoming an entrepreneur, a television and film producer, and casting coordinator, Brigette stepped away from a more than a decade-long career in television news as an anchor, general assignment reporter, producer, and sports photographer. She received an Emmy for a story she produced on a dancer who beat childhood cancer and an Associated Press award for her work that resulted in overturning the wrongful conviction of an innocent man. The ability to command a room and engage an audience has allowed Brigette to secure moderating roles with Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Actress Sally Field, and Actor John Cusack among others. She produces documentaries for Unsung Productions, acted as the Executive in Charge while touring with New Edition, worked on live and recorded shows, and successfully helped cast the Real Housewives of Potomac and Atlanta. Gateway Center is excited to have Brigette as our Emcee for Human Clay!

    We encourage you to learn more about Gateway Center by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn and by attending Human Clay – Strengthening Our Future Together at Westminster’s Barge Commons Building on Tuesday, September 17 from 6:00pm-9pm!

    We invite you to support our cause by attending our event and by making a sponsorship commitment. If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact the Resource Development Department at Please see the following Sponsorship Levels and Commitment Form.

    Tickets can be purchased here.

    We are grateful for our Presenting Sponsor for Human Clay 2024, Westminster.

  • Silent Auction and Donations

    Human Clay is Gateway Center’s largest fundraising event and has always provided significant funds for the provision of our essential services. Funds raised directly support programming including intensive case management, coordinated entry, behavioral health services, substance abuse treatment, workforce development training, food services, and other vital supports.

    There will be a live and silent auction along with our “Fund the Mission” component.

    Please click on this link to view Silent auction items. We will be offering some fantastic items such as wine tasting classes, sports memorabilia and much more! Auction items can be previewed until just before the event so you can browse and plan your bidding strategy.

    Please click here to give to our critical programs and services at Gateway Center.

    Thank you in advance for your support!

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