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Author: Danielle Moores

Short Takes: April 2015

$$ For Kids Kam Kyzer As a teenager, Kam Kyzer tutored kids one-on-one at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA. “Volunteering and participating and supporting the community—it was something that was like brushing your teeth [in my family],” she says.  Fast forward about 20 years and Kyzer is still giving back—but on a much larger scale. The Augustan, who held the executive director position in the local club for nearly nine years, is now in the role of national vice president of foundation relations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In that position she’s responsible for raising $10 million in new dollars and managing $8 million in existing funds for 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs, both nationally and internationally.  That’s 4 million children in local communities—including her own—who she has the potential of helping. It’s a big job and a challenging one—but also one she absolutely loves. “I have a job that’s incredibly fulfilling and rewarding,” she says. “It’s all about exposing [these kids] and helping them see the world is so much bigger than what they see outside their doorstep, and that they are so much bigger and more capable than what they see outside their doorstep.” It’s a job she also does every day as a parent to three children. She and her husband Brian have made a point of taking their children on trips to...

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Short Takes: February/March 2015

Faces LightsAction Johnny Moretz Lighting designer Johnny Moretz still remembers his first job after college graduation: painting the old Bon Air Hotel. During that hot summer, he spent a full month up in a crane with a brush and rollers, swiping paint back and forth over the old beauty.  It was also the summer when he got his first work phone number—listing him not as painter, but artist. “It might have been a premonition of some sort,” he says with a laugh. Moretz soon began picking up odd jobs as a stagehand for arts groups such as the Augusta Opera and the Augusta Ballet, building sets and learning firsthand the fine art of lighting. He saw the closing of the Bell Auditorium in the late ‘70s, then helped open and rebuild the Miller Theater before becoming a founding partner—in other words, a jack-of-all-trades—at the Imperial Theatre. He might have stayed on in the exciting but low-paying world of show business had not a call changed his life. His wife was at a doctor’s appointment—“She called up and said instead of one heartbeat, there’s two.” So Moretz knew he needed work that would support his growing family. He moved into freelance lighting and staging, real estate, furniture refinishing—anything Lefty or righty: Left. One word that describes me: Driven. My philosophy: Just stay busy. I always say: Act as though it...

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