MEDSPA PARTNERS WITH MAKE-A-WISH

Giving is ingrained in the company culture

BY: Mickey Goodman

When S. Mark McKenna, founder and CEO of OVME (pronounced “Of Me”) Aesthetics, opened his healthcare company in Brookhaven in March, he wanted the medspa to support a nonprofit that contributed to the well-being of either women or children. “Our approach to charitable giving is beyond a simple mission statement,” he says. “It’s part of our DNA.”

McKenna didn’t […]

SHOW TIME

Salon prepares youth for annual fundraiser

A Covenant House youth get prepped for the A Night of Broadway Stars event that raises money to help homeless and trafficked children.

BY: Mickey Goodman
Jamie Tucker with JET-Imaging

Experts at Zapien’s Salon in Buckhead perform transformations on clients every day. But it’s especially meaningful to staff members when they provide makeup and hairstyles for at-risk youth from Covenant House […]

THE BANKER AND THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS

A mission of mentoring youth

BY: Mickey Goodman

Buckhead resident Aron Levine, head of consumer banking and Merrill Edge investing at Bank of America, has always been involved in mentoring programs. “I’m a strong believer in the positive impact adults can have on young people, particularly when they’re facing challenges at home,” says Levine.

When he moved to Atlanta in 2008, Levine realized that although the city was headquarters […]

TURNING TREASURES INTO CASH

Streamlining charitable donations

BY: Mickey Goodman

Genna Brown, a senior lecturer of finance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, has found a way to help homeowners easily turn valued items into charitable donations via her recently formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Givin.

“The idea came from a finance student who wanted to start a stock exchange for nonprofits,” says the Buckhead resident. “I told him […]

HELPING CHILDREN SURVIVE THE UNTHINKABLE

Preventing further trauma

BY: Mickey Goodman
PHOTO: Jamie Tucker with JET-Imaging

During a meeting of the Junior League of Atlanta four years ago, Jana Chesley of Brookhaven chatted with a friend who headed the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA). “Her stories of children who had been sexually and physically abused were heartbreaking,” says Chesley. “I told her to sign me up.”

After Chesley and her husband, Steve, attended their […]

MORTGAGE LENDER GIVES BACK

Helping families, helping kids

Summit Funding Advisors employees participate in the Lauren’s Run 5K and other charitable endeavors.

BY: Mickey Goodman

When Buckhead resident Paul Cargal decided to add a charitable component to his financial services company, Summit Funding Advisors, he did it in a big way. For every residential mortgage the company closes, a percentage of the profits go to CURE Childhood Cancer. “My wife, […]

SAVING OCEANS AND WATERWAYS

South Moon Under owners Patricia Darrow Smith and Michael Smith support clean beaches and waterways.

South Moon Under owners Patricia Darrow Smith and Michael Smith support clean beaches and waterways.

Retail store supports national environmental nonprofit

BY: Mickey Goodman

South Moon Under, a national fashion retailer with locations in Shops Around Lenox, Ponce City Market and Avalon, celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with continued support of […]

DRIVE SAFE, DRIVE SMART

Lauren Winborne of SteerSmart teaches teens to make safe choices on the road.

Lauren Winborne of SteerSmart teaches teens to make safe choices on the road.

Steering young drivers in the right direction

BY: Mickey Goodman

When the first of Lauren Winborne’s six children was old enough to get a driver’s license, she was haunted by memories of friends who had died in serious car accidents while […]

VETERAN VOLUNTEER

Cheryl Brown Sykes was recently honored for her service by the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.

Cheryl Brown Sykes was recently honored for her service by the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.

A local resident’s commitment to improving communities

BY: Mickey Goodman

Cheryl Brown Sykes of Sandy Springs was raised to use her talents to help others and her aim has always been to make […]

GIRLS ROCK

Taking it outdoors for female empowerment

Through Prissy Tomboy Athletics, Tracey Pearson (left) and Jennifer White are committed to building strong young women.

Through Prissy Tomboy Athletics, Tracey Pearson (left) and Jennifer White are committed to building strong young women.

BY: Mickey Goodman

In 2014, Brookhaven residents Jennifer White and Tracey Pearson decided to launch Prissy Tomboy Athletics to encourage preteen and teenage girls ages 8 to […]