Published on January 25th, 2013 |


Bucks on the Street program raises $20,000 for Livable Buckhead’s greenspace projects

After spending the holiday season at Lenox Square Mall for shoppers to admire, all 20 Bucks on the Street have found new homes through an auction in December and raised $20,000 for the greenspace programs of Livable Buckhead in the process.

Bucks on the Street, a two-year project in which local businesses sponsored bucks that were decorated to their liking and displayed at their businesses, wrapped up with the online auction in December.

“It’s extremely gratifying to see the bucks find permanent homes,” said Donna Kain, co-chair of Bucks on the Street. “Elizabeth Gill and I have spent more than two years with these guys, so it is a bit hard to say goodbye. But we feel good about what the project has accomplished and about the significant contribution it has made to parks and greenspace in Buckhead.”

The Bucks on the Street when they were on display at Lenox Square
The bucks were purchased by both businesses and individuals, including one that will be a surprise birthday present for one lucky Buckhead resident.

Some will be on public display, such as the silver-clad buck purchased by Mercedes Benz of Buckhead, as well as the Cyrano de Buck-a-Rack statue that will stand at Buckhead Place. Steve Guy, the president of EDG, which manufactured the bucks, bought Buckhead Boy as a gift for Sam Massell. And one – B.A. Buck — was purchased by Jackson Houk and donated to Zone 2 of the Atlanta Police Department.

“This project has generated so much energy and good will in the community,” said Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead. “We’re excited to take the proceeds and begin to build a lasting legacy for Buckhead.”

“Livable Buckhead is extremely thankful to Elizabeth and Donna for all the hard work they have put into Bucks on the Street, and to everyone who purchased a buck and has helped move us one step closer to a network of parks and trails in Buckhead,” Starling added.

Bucks on the Street co-founder Elizabeth Gill,
left, wih one of the Bucks and Denise Starling,
executive director of Livable Buckhead. 
Bucks on the Street Peachtree Sponsors were:Buckhead Business Association, EDG, Young Bucks and Buckhead Community Improvement District

Piedmont Sponsors were: Adapting Technologies, The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, Buckhead Coalition, Buckhead Place, Fifth Third Bank, Gallery Residences, Georgia Commerce Bank, Georgia Power, Henri’s Bakery, Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, Morris Manning & Martin LLP, Piedmont Hospital, Southern Art and Three.

Bucks on the Street is a community project meant to instill a sense of excitement and pride for those who live, work, and/or play in Buckhead, while contributing to programs designed to enhance the Buckhead area. The project was founded in 2010 by Elizabeth Gill and Donna Kain, past-presidents of the Buckhead Business Association. For more information visit www.bucksonthestreet.org.

Livable Buckhead, a 501(c)3, strives to ensure the long term vitality and prosperity of the Buckhead community by working cooperatively with individuals, public entities and private businesses to integrate into everyday life and business sustainable strategies that improve the environment and quality of life in the community. For more information visit www.livablebuckhead.org.

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