A HOME OF THEIR OWN

Giving disabled persons the gift of independence

Mari Doyal (second from right) and friends peruse the brochure for the annual golf tournament that raises funds for “Just” People.

BY: Mickey Goodman
PHOTO: Jennie Helderman

As parents of a child with developmental disabilities, Buckhead residents Mari and Larry Doyal worried what would happen to their daughter, Julie, as they aged. Although Julie and others with issues such as […]

FOR THE LOVE OF ART

Helping unleash creativity in kids

Under the leadership of Lydia Mays, teens at the Covenant House center for homeless youth paint a mural to beautify their residence.

BY: Mickey Goodman

Children’s book author and illustrator Lydia Mays of Buckhead has been volunteering with Paint Love for the last five years. The local 501(c)(3) partners with Title I schools […]

MILITARY MENTORS

Encouraging entrepreneurship among veterans

Former Air Force captain Jason Smith helps lead Bunker Labs’ efforts to assist returning veterans in starting their own businesses.

BY: Mickey Goodman

“Twenty-five percent of veterans and spouses transitioning from the military want to start their own businesses but don’t know how to begin,” says Jason Smith, a former Air Force captain and one of three Atlanta leaders of Bunker Labs, […]

MAKING MAGIC

Fun for young surgical patients

Scottish Rite patients Lexie and Malachi Delaney pose with Lego character Emmet at the hospital's new Magic Mobile Unit.

Scottish Rite patients Lexie and Malachi Delaney pose with Lego character Emmet at the hospital’s new Magic Mobile Unit.

BY: Mickey Goodman

Lexie and Malachi Delany are all too familiar with pre-surgery routines at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital. The […]

SPREADING CHEER

Local company turning 85 performs 85 acts of kindness

Georgia's Own Credit Union celebrated its 85th birthday by doing 85 good deeds, from handing out free popsicles to rewarding public school teachers.

Georgia’s Own Credit Union celebrated its 85th birthday by doing 85 good deeds, from handing out free popsicles to rewarding public school teachers.

STORY: Mickey Goodman

As the 85th anniversary of Georgia’s Own Credit Union […]

PROVIDING MOBILITY

Orthopedic surgeon volunteers at home and abroad

Dr. Mark Hanna, shown with his family at the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis, was one of the event’s top fundraisers.

BY: Mickey Goodman

For his philanthropic work with Operation Walk USA, Mercy Care Atlanta and the Arthritis Foundation, Resurgens Orthopaedics surgeon Mark Hanna was named a Medical Honoree for the Arthritis Foundation’s May 2019 Walk to Cure […]

SERIAL VOLUNTEER

Area realtor gives back in a big way

Wick Garrard (left) and Ellen Sacchi (center) join Erin Yabroudy at the Piedmont Park Conservancy's 21st annual Landmark Luncheon.

Wick Garrard (left) and Ellen Sacchi (center) join Erin Yabroudy at the Piedmont Park Conservancy’s 21st annual Landmark Luncheon.

BY: Mickey Goodman

Busy Buckhead-based Harry Norman Realtors agent Erin Yabroudy is a tireless volunteer and has been heavily involved with […]

GOOD KARMA

Helping feed kids in need

Through their gluten free restaurant and bakery KarmaFarm, the Wilders donate meals to those in need.

BY: Mickey Goodman

While traveling in New York and Miami, McCall and Scott Wilder found numerous restaurants where their allergy ridden family of four could eat safely. In Atlanta? Nada.

“Why don’t we open the first?” they pondered. Undaunted by their lack of experience in the […]

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS

Celebrating the big 5-0 in a generous way

As part of her work with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Christine Pullara emcees its Man & Woman of the Year gala.

BY: Mickey Goodman

Buckhead resident Christine Pullara, host of the 11Alive weekday talk show Atlanta & Company, wanted to do something significant for her 50th birthday, but she wasn’t thinking about skydiving or running a marathon. […]

SAY YES! TO VOLUNTEERING

Atlantan honored for years of service

Michael Halpern’s decades of volunteer work have earned him recognition from Leading Age Georgia.

BY: Mickey Goodman

Buckhead resident Michael Halpern has been honored for his 25-plus years of volunteerism with YES! (Youth Experiencing Success) by Leading Age Georgia, an organization that celebrates positive aging.

The impetus for his work with YES! began in the mid-’80s when Halpern was volunteering at […]