ATLANTA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S WELCOME TO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD GALA

Among the 500 attendees at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity’s recent Welcome to Our Neighborhood gala was Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who rushed to the event after sending her teenage son off to his first prom

Photos: Paula Bond Heller

Also in attendance was noted home improvement guru Chip Wade. The Emmy-winning HGTV host acted as auctioneer for the “mission moment,” in which event goers were able to donate […]

GEORGIA CENTER FOR CHILD ADVOCACY CHANGE MAKERS BREAKFAST

Plentiful tears were shed at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy’s annual Change Makers Breakfast recently as former Emory University student Rachel Thomas stood at the podium and bravely told her story of going from being a junior at one of the area’s top universities to becoming a victim of sex trafficking.

Photos: Paula Bond Heller

A champion for sexually and physically abused children since 1987, the GCCA […]

ENDURING HEARTS BOURBON GALA & AUCTION

More than 400 people gathered recently at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works for the fourth annual Bourbon Gala & Auction benefiting the Marietta-based nonprofit Enduring Hearts.

Emceed by WSBTV news anchor Fred Blankenship, the event featured a performance by local singer/songwriter Alex Guthrie (whom you might recognize from his duet with Jennifer Hudson in a Nationwide Insurance commercial), whiskey and bourbon tastings, and a live auction […]

ARTSBRIDGE FOUNDATION OVERTURE GALA

One of the highlights of this year’s ArtsBridge Foundation Overture Gala was a surprise appearance by acclaimed singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth.

Set to perform a concert later that night at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, which gala attendees each received a ticket to, Chenoweth came out in blue jeans and hair curlers and chatted up the crowd seated in the adjoining ballroom as they enjoyed […]

BEYOND THE CATWALK

LATIN FEVER BALL

One of Atlanta’s most festive fundraisers celebrated its 30th anniversary in grand style recently at the InterContinental Buckhead hotel.

More than 650 patrons gathered for a lively evening of music, dancing and Latin inspired eats and drinks that included everything from mini arepas and Argentinian-style chicken to Spanish crème brûlée and bottles of cava. Costumed fire twirlers, jugglers and other performers from The Off Centered Project entertained […]

WINE WOMEN & SHOES

“The $315,000 we raised is the most in the history of Wine Women & Shoes Atlanta,” brags Mary Kathryn Wells-Winsett, co-chair of the recent fundraiser benefiting the leukemia and women’s cancer programs at Northside Hospital.

Four hundred part goers gathered at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead for, among other things, a Best in Shoe contest in which dozens of contestants modeled their fanciest footwear. Professional models […]

ATLANTA’S WOMEN OF DISTINCTION

A group of powerhouse women was honored recently at the Atlanta History Center, at what was the March of Dimes’ first Atlanta’s Women of Distinction event.

Nominated by their friends or colleagues for their community involvement, business leadership and other factors, the honorees included notable females in entertainment, real estate, transportation, technology and other categories. A Community Impact Award and a Rising Star award were also presented. The […]

STRING FLING

“Puppet Masquerade” was the theme of this year’s String Fling, a fundraiser held at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead on behalf of the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Even the characters from the center’s in-house puppet shop who were in attendance—and posed for pics with many of the 275 attendees—donned top hats and festive masks. There was also a musical puppet tribute to this year’s honorees, longtime arts […]

FALL FOR FASHION

True to its tagline “Ending hunger one look at a time,” the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s annual Fall for Fashion show recently raised more than $25,000 in honor of Hunger Action Month.

The crowd gathered at the trendy Tootsies boutique in Buckhead to check out a display of the latest designer fashions. Simply Buckhead’s own Joanne Hayes strode down the runway in a colorful Emilio Pucci dress. […]