Toasting for Tips

Fighting Crime One Party at a Time….
The Atlanta Police Foundation is sponsoring a night of parties dedicated to Crime Stoppers Atlanta. On January 31, 2009, members of the Atlanta community are taking a personal interest in helping to fight crime. Community members are being asked to host small events in their homes or neighborhoods to raise awareness of and funds for Crime Stoppers Atlanta.
Invitations and Invitees
Once you commit to a date for hosting a Toasting for Tips event, the Atlanta Police Foundation will provide an invitation template. Of course, you are more than welcome to be creative and provide your own invitation. This is a fundraising event relying on personal touches. Therefore it is recommended that even if you send hard copy invitations, you call and personally ask your guest to attend your Crime Stoppers Atlanta awareness and fundraising party. The number of guests is chosen by you. It is up to you whether you host a small party in your home or pair up with several hosts to put on a much larger affair!
Night of the Party For your party, the Atlanta Police Foundation will provide:
Crime Stoppers materials for your party: DVD, brochures, and speaking points. The Atlanta Police Foundation also will work with you to coordinate a speaker for your event. Of course the Atlanta Police Foundation is happy to help if have any questions or need anything else. Décor, food, and drinks are at the host’s discretion. Suggestions include a cocktail reception or cheese and wine tasting. Have fun with the theme “Toasting for Tips.” Ultimate Goal The ultimate goal of these parties is to raise funds for the Crime Stoppers Atlanta program. Before your guests leave your party, we hope that they will give a donation.
Host Responsibilities : Develop invitation list and personally invite guests , Personal follow-up phone call to invitees , Provide the décor, food & drinks, Present the Crime Stoppers Atlanta program at your party , Make an “ask” for financial support of the program
APF Responsibilities : Provide invitation template for event ,Provide Crime Stoppers Atlanta materials for your party , Other support as needed
For more information or to commit to hosting a Toasting for Tips event, please contact Stephanie Guthrie at 404.586-0180 or

Simple Steps Help Georgians Conserve Fuel:From Gov Perdue

            ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue today asked Georgians to help with fuel conservation in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike by taking practical steps to improve fuel efficiency.  With gasoline prices rising and crude oil supplies in the Gulf of Mexico temporarily disrupted, fuel conservation is a necessary tool to help manage the supply of fuel and reduce the impact of higher fuel costs.    

“Georgians have been through this before with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and we’ll manage the temporary effects of Hurricane Ike through common sense and conservation,” said Governor Sonny Perdue.  “We can all help by reducing unnecessary travel, carpooling and using mass transit, telecommuting, driving a little slower, and fueling only when low on gas.”  

            Some practical fuel efficiency tips for drivers include:

  • Drive sensibly:  Speeding, rapid acceleration (jackrabbit starts), and rapid braking lowers gas mileage. 
  • Choose the right vehicle:  If you own more than one vehicle, drive the one that gets better gas mileage whenever possible.
  • Decrease speed:  Gas mileage decreases rapidly when driving more than 60 miles-per-hour.
  • Avoid idling:  Idling gets zero miles per gallon.  Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas while idling than cars with smaller engines.
  • Inflate your tires:  Keeping tires properly inflated improves gas mileage.

 Commute alternatives are also a useful way to conserve fuel, including telework, carpool and transit options, and flexible work schedules.  More information is available about commute alternatives at

Fuel efficiency tips are provided by the Drive Smarter Challenge.  The Drive Smarter Challenge ( is a partnership between the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Association of State Energy Officials.

Contact: Office of Communications                404-651-7774        , Shane Hix, GEFA                (404) 584-1043        

10 Tips for Conserving Water Inside Your Home

(courtesy of  The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management)


  1. Install low-flow shower heads. Older shower heads use 5-7 gallons per minute; low-flow shower heads use 2.5 gallons per minute.
  2. Take a “Navy” shower. Rinse, turn off water, soap up, turn water on and rinse again.  Limiting the amount of time you spend “under the water” reduces water use considerably.
  3. Gentlemen- shave in the sin not the shower. Ladies, if this is too acrobatic shave in the shower….but do so during the “soap-up” portion of the Navy shower.
  4. Keep a 10 gallon bucket in your shower to catch water you bathe, and keep another bucket in your kitchen to catch water you would normally pour down the drain
  5. Install a low- flow aerator on your faucets. Low-flow faucet aerators use 1.5 gallons of water per minute; older faucets use between 3 &7 gallons per minute.
  6. Don’t let the water run while you bush your teeth or shave.
  7. If you have an ancient toilet, consider switching it for a new, water conserving model. Older toilets use between 3.5-7gallons of water per flush. New toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush.
  8. If you can’t upgrade to a new toilet, make sure the flapper mechanism inside the tank is working properly. Use a water displacement bag in your toilet tank (not a brick, which can damage your toilet’s inner mechanisms as it erodes) to help reduce the amount of water per flush. Consider limiting your flushes- “Number 1 can stay a while, Number 2-send it through!”
  9. Hand-wash your dishes. Fill one sink with soapy water and one sink with rinse water. If you have to use your dishwasher, make sure it is full before running it. Dishwashers use between 9-14gallons of water per wash.
  10. Replay your top-loading washing machine for a front loading model. Top loading machines typically use 40 gallons per wash, while front loading models use less than 20. Don’t wash until you have full load. (OMG- this is just the info I needed to convince my husband to buy a new machine!)


For more information about water conservation inside the home, call 404-589-2684.