City of Refuge Reimagines “The Gathering” into a Theatrical Experience


About City of Refuge:

City of Refuge was founded in 1997 with the mission to transform the lives of individuals and communities in Atlanta and beyond. Today the organization resides in a warehouse that was graciously donated in the 30314 neighborhood, one of the poorest and most crime-ridden areas in the nation. Since inhabiting the “Where Good Works” center, City of Refuge has helped over 20,000 people across the country and internationally. The organization has created several programs designed to provide an impact in areas such as: housing, youth development, health & wellness, and vocation. City of Refuge is a leader in the business of social transformation and continuously works to empower and equip individuals with the tools to succeed. To learn more about City of Refuge, visit or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


About Colony Square

At the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets, Colony Square is not only the heart of Midtown, it’s the heart of Atlanta – an original icon at the very center of the ever-rising capital of the modern South. Today, Colony Square is becoming an icon of another kind, bringing the Art of Modern Life to Midtown. Featuring 940,000 square feet of Class A office, 160,000 square feet of best-in-class retail, a 466-room hotel and 262 luxury residences, the reimagined Colony Square will be known as a foodie haven; shopping and entertainment destination; sophisticated business hub; and an amenity-rich, arts-infused place to gather with community and soak up Midtown’s vibe. Open, walkable and transit friendly, the reimagined Colony Square, like all great city squares, will be seamlessly connected to the vibrant energy of the streets around it. To learn more about happenings at Colony Square, follow the Midtown destination on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. For more information, visit


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ATLANTA (Sept. 17, 2020) –  On Thursday, October 8, City of Refuge is bringing its annual fundraiser, The Gathering, to the heart of Midtown Atlanta. In partnership with Colony Square, the nonprofit has reimagined the event to celebrate food, fellowship and stories of impact in an open-air setting. The Gathering will be hosted in Colony Square’s new community greenspace, The Plaza, and feature a gourmet tapas-style meal provided by The Castellucci Hospitality Group as well as entertainment led by Mac Powell, founder of award-winning Christian rock band Third Day.


“Every year at The Gathering, we aim to deliver an experience that immerses guests in the journey City of Refuge residents follow to lead a self-sufficient lifestyle, and our team is eager to showcase the resilience of our community during this one-of-a-kind event,” said Bruce Deel, founder and CEO of City of Refuge. “We are extremely thankful to our partners for helping us revamp our annual fundraiser so that it is creative, engaging and, most importantly, responsive to COVID-19 guidelines.”


During The Gathering, attendees will experience an exclusive first look at The Plaza at Colony Square, which will officially open to the public the following day. As guests indulge in dinner from The Castellucci Hospitality Group, stories of four individuals whose lives have been transformed by City of Refuge will be depicted through a Broadway-style performance. Throughout the show, Mac Powell and Friends will play five original songs.


The Gathering will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. and tickets start at $500. To ensure the safety of guests, City of Refuge is implementing strict COVID-19 procedures, including assigned seating, socially distanced tables, hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the space, dinner will be served in individual bento boxes, and bathrooms and other high touch surfaces will be sanitized throughout the evening. Guests are also encouraged to wear masks for the duration of the event and will be available on-site as needed.


“Bruce Deel and his team at City of Refuge have played such a major role in the revitalization of Atlanta’s Westside. Time and again, I’ve witnessed the organization extend second chances to displaced individuals and help them turn their lives around,” said Mark Toro, Chairman of the Board at North American Properties and City of Refuge Board member. “Our ExperienceMakers™ at Colony Square are honored to perform a part in The Gathering and shine a light on the tremendous work by the nonprofit.”


Sponsors for The Gathering include Elavon, EY, Barney’s Pharmacy, Inc., Colony Square, Jon and Amy Bridges, Cox, Holder, the Malon D. Mimms Company, North American Properties, Reef Parking, Revel Systems, The Wilbert Group, Whole Foods Market, and Royal Food Service, among others. For more information regarding tickets and additional sponsorship opportunities, visit   


In addition to hosting The Gathering, Colony Square will continue supporting City of Refuge throughout the month of October with the return of its Signature Events series, which will kick off on October 9 and raise funds for the nonprofit through 10 socially distanced events: three Yoga on the Square classes, three Laughing Hour on the Square comedy shows and four Groovin’ on the Square live music performances. Tickets for each event can be purchased at


To stay up to date on The Gathering and other happenings at City of Refuge, follow the nonprofit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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