May 2015 Around Town 3


Atlanta Falcons Present $30,000 to Northside

Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and center Joe Hawley recently visited Northside Hospital to present the hospital’s Foundation with a $30,000 donation on behalf of the football team. The money will go to support cancer patients at Northside and to expand the programs and services available to help them beat their diagnosis.

Northside is the preferred healthcare partner of the Atlanta Falcons. During the 2014 season, the Falcons donated funds to Northside for every sack made by the team and, additionally, for every reception made during the Oct. 12 Breast Cancer Awareness game, which was presented by Northside.

Chef Berry Heads Downtown

Bellina Alimentari, an Italian-inspired eatery coming to Ponce City Market this summer, is thrilled to announce David Berry as executive chef. Alice Noel Fabi in also on board to source and select products for the Italian-inspired gourmet market, according to restaurateur Tal Postelnik Baum. Berry formerly headed up the kitchen at Horseradish Grill.

“We are so pleased to be working with David,” says Baum. “He has really impressed me with his food, and he shares my passion for the concept.” As executive chef, Berry will be responsible for all culinary operations, including menu development, hiring and hosting cooking classes for the restaurant’s members-only culinary club. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York and has more than 12 years experience managing fine dining kitchens. Fabi combines her Italian roots with an intimate knowledge of international food cultures and invaluable connections within the culinary industry to source and select products. Born in Trieste, Italy, she studied in the United Kingdom and at University of Gastronomic Sciences, founded by Slow Food, in Piedmont, Italy. After obtaining that degree, Fabi became the didactic study trip planner for the University of Gastronomic Sciences and has been organizing educational excursions to discover local food cultures around the globe. Bellina Alimentari will be located at 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, in the Central Food Hall of Ponce City Market.

Van Michael Believes

For the fifth consecutive year, Van Michael Salon and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper have partnered on Aveda Earth Month to proudly raise funds and awareness for local water conservation throughout the month of April.  All seven Van Michael locations hosted in-salon fundraising efforts again this year, resulting in a $15,000 donation through raffles and an Earth Month-themed Happy Hour Hair event at the new Midtown salon. With a donation at the event, attendees learned how to style their hair while still conserving water and enjoyed complimentary bites and drinks to toast to another successful Earth Month. The group of Aveda salons also contributed to the brand’s global mission to raise $6.5 million for clean water in 2015 by selling the Aveda Earth Month candle. The sale of one Earth Month Light The Way Candle ™ provides clean drinking water to a person in Madagascar for an entire year.

Students March

Atlanta International School high school students, along with students from Coretta Scott King Young Leadership Academy, marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and attended other events during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Selma-to-Montgomery March. The trip also included the opportunity to hear the president speak as well as a private tour of the Jackson family home, where Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders planned the 1965 march. The group journaled and also chronicled the trip on Twitter and Instagram at #aisapsselma.

Cagle-Heckert’s Big Heart

D’anne Cagle-Heckert of Buckhead will be competing at the 6th Annual Dancing Stars of Atlanta benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter held at the Loews hotel on May 2. This beloved gala includes a gorgeous cocktail hour on the Loews terrace with sweeping views of downtown, premium open bar, delicious seated dinner and performances by 12 stars matched with professional dancers in front of a panel of judges and 700+ attendees. Cagle-Heckert is a native Atlantan and graduate of Walton High School who married her high school sweetheart, Sean Heckert after they graduated from the University of Alabama.  She has already raised over $35,000 and plans to see that number grow substantially with the help of David Yurman who has graciously offered to host a fundraising event for her at their boutique in Lenox Square recently.

New at Mandarin

Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is delighted to announce the appointment of Arif Kor as Hotel Manager.  Kor will be responsible for the hotel’s operations and will report to Robert Lowe, general manager. Kor joins Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta from the Sydney Harbour Marriott in Australia where he served as director of operations. With more than two decades of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, Kor has held a variety of senior management positions at Ritz Carlton hotels in San Francisco and Boston as well as in Istanbul and Naples, Florida. A native of Turkey, Kor studied at the Institute Hotelier “Cesar Ritz” in Switzerland and Virginia Tech University in the United States. He began his career in Switzerland interning at the Hotel du Lac in Coppet. Kor speaks French, Turkish and English.

Certain Honored

Gordon Certain received the prestigious Park Pride 2015 Inspiration Award. These annual awards honor leaders who inspire others to expand and improve public parks and greenspaces.

“The recent increase in parks in Buckhead has much to do with Gordon Certain,” says a Park Pride spokesperson. “As president of North Buckhead Civic Association, Gordon has worked with numerous public and private groups to advocate for and secure public parks and greenspace in what has historically been the least parked district in Atlanta.” He worked with multiple stakeholders to create a greenspace master plan that protected environmentally sensitive areas from development (Blue Heron Nature Preserve), reimagined ‘unusable” land into successful public spaces (Mountain Way Common), and transformed vacant parcels into well-loved neighborhood park (Little Nancy Creek Park).  The awards were given last month at the Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

We congratulate Gordon, a contributor to Buckhaven Lifestyle and featured volunteer in last year’s June issue.

Primrose Opens

A new premier preschool has opened in Brookhaven. The new Primrose School of Brookhaven marks the 300th Primrose school to open nationwide – a major milestone for the company. It’s also the first Primrose school to open in an urban, mixed-used development, offering high-quality education and care for many families where they live, work and play.

Local Franchise Owners Olivia and Jarrad Vaughn welcome families and children to the school. Primrose is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. The Leader in Educational Child Care®, we partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life with a goal to help children have fun while building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®. 3575 Durden Drive

Northside Hospital Rides with BRAG in 2015

The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) has a new partner as it begins its 36th year.  Northside Hospital is the presenting sponsor of the four BRAG rides in 2015 including the BRAG ride, June 7-13, in the Newnan, Carrollton and LaGrange areas; and the Georgia BikeFest, Oct. 9-11, in Columbus.

“Northside Hospital is proud to sponsor these events, which promote health, fitness and community involvement throughout the state,” says Lee Echols, VP of marketing and communications at Northside. BRAG is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable, family-friendly bicycle tours in and across Georgia with an emphasis on safety, education and fun. For more information, visit

A Groovy Summer

The Groove Studio in Sandy Springs is offering summer camps for teens. The Guitar Workshop for Girls is designed specifically to help teenage guitar players and singer-songwriters with significantly improving their skills on the guitar. Each attendee will have a chance to develop a better understanding of basic music theory concepts and then will have the opportunity to translate that knowledge to improve their skill and technique on the guitar. By working in a small group under owner/producer, Eric Stalling’s direction each student will reap the benefits of learning how to collaborate with other musicians. Some experience required.

If your teen wants to learn the basics of recording, the Groove Studio has a new state of the art recording studio. Students will have the opportunity to record, track, editing and mix a song from beginning to end in this unique one week workshop. Each student will have a chance to work at the console while working with artist recording in the live room and vocal booth. They’ll tackle everyday challenges like mic selection and placement, signal routing and equalization. This is a great program for any teen interested in music and the recording process.The studio uses Pro Tools 10 DAW interfaced with a Ghost 24 channel analogue mixing board by Soundcraft. No experience necessary. 404.626.1133

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