A GEM OF AN IDEA

Making bracelets promotes wellness and self-worth

Bivi Franco (left) takes some of the stress out of cancer treatments by teaching patients the art of making bracelets.

Bivi Franco has watched family members and friends struggle not only with the pain of cancer, but the effect it has on their self-esteem. “I’m not a doctor, and I can’t heal them, but I wanted to find a […]

THE BOW TIES MAKE THE MAN

From down and out to dynamo

Once homeless, Jay Austin now gives back to the community through his budding business.

To talk with entrepreneur Jay Austin, no one would ever guess that he spent four years living on the street. “I made some bad choices, but I finally said to myself, ‘You’re either going to lie here and die or get up and go to […]

A Name Synonymous with Buckhead

Loudermilk family impacts community

Robin Loudermilk carries on the family tradition of generosity by helping build a better Buckhead

Few names stand out more in Buckhead’s storied history than Charlie Loudermilk, who founded Aaron’s, the rent-to-own furniture giant, and used its success to benefit the community. His son, Robin, is no less involved. As president and CEO of The Loudermilk Companies, he is transforming the […]

FOCUS ON ABILITIES, NOT LIMITATIONS

Hiring individuals with disabilities benefits businesses and nonprofits

When Trevor Ramos was introduced to Lauren Riddick by her employment specialist at All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), he hired her on the spot. “She loves sports, is an energetic and personable young woman and is well qualified as a program aide,” says Ramos, a supervisor and instructor at the Sandy Springs Parks and Recreation department.

Like many others, Riddick, […]

SUSIE DAVIDOW LEAVES LASTING LEGACY

Marcus Jewish Community Center honors theatre director

Susie Davidow retires after 16 years at the Marcus Jewish Community Center directing musicals starring young adults with special needs.

Sandy Springs resident Susie Davidow retired at the end of March as director of the Blonder Family Department for Special Needs at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA). On March 19, she was honored at a […]

THE MUSIC MAN

Turning children on to classical music

Dr. Warren Woodruff aka Dr. Fuddle shares his joy of classical music with children through scholarships and books.

Pianist, musicologist and author Dr. Warren Woodruff of Buckhead is a man on a mission: to instill a new generation with a love of classical music. A teacher for the last 30 years, he spreads his message wherever he goes and […]

INDIVIDUALIZED CURRICULUM HELPS KIDS SUCCEED

Early intervention leads to future academic success…

Katie Cyphers and her niece Charlotte Cyphers, a student at Academics Plus.

Katie Cyphers, founder of Academics Plus in Buckhead, has a passion for children who are falling through the cracks in the classroom. “All children can learn and be lifelong learners,” she says. “We just have to focus on their strengths and find ways to overcome their […]

CHURCH YARD SALE BENEFITS NONPROFITS

Buckhead Baptist brings the community together…

Rev. William Givens, his wife, Gloria, and sons, Isaac (left) and Asher head to Buckhead Baptist’s annual yard sale.

When the Buckhead Baptist Church holds its annual community yard sale on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 100 percent of the proceeds will help fund three organizations: Buckhead Christian Ministries that provides business clothing and emergency financial […]

WEDDING WONDERS

Couple donates entire registry to kids with chronic or terminal illnesses…

Kristin Klingshirn and her fiancée, Bart Mattingly, prepare for their April 22 wedding.

Kristin Klingshirn, co-host of Q100’s “The Bert Show,” and her fiancé, Bart Mattingly, have been together for 10 years. Since they have all the household essentials, they questioned the need for a bridal registry when they began planning their April 22 […]