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 […]

BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER

Creating opportunities for underserved kids

CCC founder Amy Ziede (top right) joins co-executive director Dara Grant and some costumed youngsters at last year’s fall festival.

BY: Mickey Goodman

In 1994, 12-year-old Sandy Springs resident Amy Zeide heard a news show about a thief stealing toys intended for children at a homeless shelter and was so affected that she decided to use her allowance and babysitting money […]

SLAYING A DEADLY FOE

One strike against pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer survivor Debra Bradley has traveled to D.C. to meet with legislators to request additional funding for research.

BY: Mickey Goodman

The diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer was devastating to Debra Bradley, managing director of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Buckhead office. Even more shattering, she was not a surgical candidate because of the location of the tumors. “I immediately […]

ENDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Retired executive chairs major fundraiser

Devoted volunteer Karen Atkins (left) and PADV president Nancy Friauf don aprons to prepare meals at an area safe house.

BY: Mickey Goodman

Getting involved in the Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) was a natural fit for Buckhead resident Karen Atkins, who has personal experience with domestic violence and wanted to help others in similar situations. The organization’s mission is to […]

SOARING WITH THE ANGELS

One man’s missions of mercy.

Volunteer pilot John Alston and Angel Flight Soars executive director Jeanine Chambers stand with a young boy and his mother as he heads off for medical treatment.

BY: Mickey Goodman

When Buckhead resident John Alston, the founder and CEO of ClubDrive, was learning to fly, he looked for a way to use his hobby to help others. The answer was Angel […]

KIDS RAISING MONEY FOR KIDS

Creating awareness for autism.

Twin power: Jesse Faller, Luke Greenfield, Sophie Greenfield and Cole Faller kick off last year’s Go Long For Luke tournament.

BY: Mickey Goodman

In 2013, Go Long For Luke, a flag football tournament, was created by Luke Greenfield’s twin sister, Sophie, and their friends Cole and Jesse Faller—also twins— after meeting at their school in East Hills, New York.

Cole’s poem, My Buddy […]

MORE TIME TO SERVE

Retirement provides a golden opportunity for one area resident.

Dan Miller digs in to help plant 100 trees in south Atlanta in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation.

BY: Mickey Goodman

For Dan Miller, former vice president and general manager for the Atlanta region at Enterprise Holdings, retirement is not about slowing down but rather ramping up his involvement in the Atlanta community. He’s already been […]