Inaugural ball benefits CYAAR

CYAAR Masquerade Ball


Nationally recognized center at the forefront of addiction education and recovery science

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 17, 2016) — The Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery at Kennesaw State University recently hosted the inaugural Take off the Mask of Addiction Masquerade Ball to raise funds and awareness benefitting the mission of CYAAR.

More than 200 community leaders attended the black-tie dinner at the Fox Theatre, which honored individuals and families who have dealt with addiction and recovery.

Keynote speaker Stacey Weiss spoke of her six-year journey through addiction and ultimate recovery with her sons by her side. CYAAR Director Teresa Johnston detailed the center’s impact on the campus community and beyond.

Live auction items included a studio visit to “The Bert Show,” exotic trips and a private dinner with star chef Frank Abbinanti.

The gala was presented in support by the Atlanta Falcons and sponsored by Superior Plumbing, Archer Restoration Services, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Power.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit