Around Town 17

Be Our Guest, Meet Our Challenge

Be our guest at The American Cancer Society’s Hope Ball and help us raise funds to support lung cancer research.  Go to our website to enter to win tickets for two to the elegant black tie gala held at the Delta Flight Museum, April 30.  You’ll join the Lifestyle Publications team at our media sponsor table, enjoy dinner and dancing (wait until you see our publisher’s style on the dance floor!) and celebrate the strides in cancer research and education with the American Cancer Society. Circle the date, April 30, and enter now. Then, follow the link to make a donation of $48 ($1 for each issue of BuckHaven Lifestyle since we launched four years ago!) We’ll be honoring Jeff Wigbels, stage four NON-SMOKER lung cancer survivor.  Get to know Jeff and his story in the Giving Back feature in this month’s issue.  See you there!

Win Tickets, Beach House Stay

Springmont will hold its annual gala, this year dubbed, Peaceful Children. Peaceful Mind, at Terminus 330 on April 16. Auction Chairs Megan Hakerem and Carol Santos. The event includes both live and silent auctions—and the highly anticipated items are the class projects, which are in the live auction each year. Each Springmont class meticulously hand-crafts an item that is put in the live auction, and include objects such as paintings, a mosaic, multi-media art and much more, which are some of the hotly contested items up for bid. Also each year, other best-sellers include trips to coveted beach and mountain houses and sports tickets. Bid for tickets for two to the Atlanta Steeplechase (April 23), donated by this magazine! Money raised from the event goes toward campus improvements that are outside the traditional classroom experiences. Past years’ improvements have included solar awnings, outdoor play spaces and Pavilion upgrades. For more information on Springmont’s auction, visit or call 404.252.3910.

Chaired by Jennifer Healey of J Healey Interiors, the inaugural Bow Wow Brunch is an elegant event benefiting the Atlanta Humane Society, giving them a chance to share the mission and vision of saving the lives of homeless animals. While some brunches are mostly for adults, Bow Wow Brunch is a family affair. It’s designed to introduce the children and grandchildren of donors and supporters to the importance of philanthropy and life-long giving by showcasing the life-saving work of the Atlanta Humane Society. Bow Wow Brunch brings together families of animal lovers who care deeply about the welfare of dogs and cats in our community and will be held April 17 at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead from 12:30 until 3 p.m. The festivities will include a champagne reception for adults, a special program for children and an elegant Ritz-Carlton brunch menu. A highlight of the day’s activities will be the presentation of the prestigious Anne Cox Chambers Humane Heroine Award to a woman whose commitment and devotion to the cause of animal welfare merits special recognition.

Happy Anniversary 
to the Givers

Pebble Tossers, a youth development and service organization, celebrates its 7th anniversary this year. To mark the celebration, youth volunteers joined in six service projects recently, ranging from beautifying an adopted section of the Atlanta BeltLine to delivering Meals on Wheels to sharing toys and art work with seniors at an assisted living facility to passing out breakfast and lunch to those living on the streets. Pebble Tossers hosts weekly service projects including Global Youth Service Day: Kids’ Recycle Day on April 16 and the second Annual run|walk|SERVE 5K + Nonprofit Expo on September 10.  Kids’ Recycle Day encourages youth and families to go through their homes, schools and business and collect hard-to-recycle materials and deliver to the CHaRM center at 110 Hill St SE Atlanta, GA 30315. In conjunction with Kids’ Recycle Day, Pebble Tossers is hosting an Illustrated Poetry Contest with the theme of “Reuse & Recycle.”

Sarah Smith 
Readers Excel

Congratulations to the Sarah Smith Elementary Read-A-Thon winners. Top readers in each grade won a Kindle Fire and a Hawks game experience: Emma Promoff, kingergarten; Emily Miljatovic, first grade; Nathan May, second grade; Sasara Crowley, third grade; Issac Fernandez-Panteleon, fourth grade; Samuel Offutt, fifth grade. Six lucky winners, who each read at least 1,000 minutes, won a Kindle Fire in a raffle: Lolo Harpenau, Jackson Tank, Emma Harron, Katelyn Nixon, William Guistina and Henry Peck.  Keep up the great work, kids! Thanks go to Read-A-Thon sponsors including Allegra, Atlanta Hawks, Bruster’s, Burger 21, Cheeseburger Bobby’s, Learning Express, Publix, Resource Branding and Design, Target and Willy’s.

Cure CP

Cure CP will host its 4th Annual Night at the Derby Auction on May 6. The funds raised will support groundbreaking research and clinical trials to find a cure for cerebral palsy. The planning committee headed by event chair Jennifer Kellett is organizing an unforgettable evening that will include dinner and dancing, music by Goat Rodeo, and silent and live auctions. Nearly 300 Atlantans are expected to turn out in their finest Derby attire to show their support and vie for the Best Hat Award.  Cure CP is a non-profit organization (501c3) committed to funding research, studies, trials and clinical work leading to a cure for cerebral palsy. Cure CP was founded by families who want to see a better life and future for their children with CP. The passion, generosity and ongoing support of our community directly grows and funds life-changing research. Pictured are planners, Meredith Hatfield, Lizette Dunay, Wendy Hahn, Seale Lindsay, Maurie Drambel, Jennifer Kellett.

 America on Display

This spring, Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) welcomes an exhibition exploring the height of U.S. cultural exhibitions (1955-1975) and demonstrating the ways in which design was used as a persuasive force. Make-Believe America will provide examples of work created by brilliant exhibition teams that included renowned designers such as Herbert Bayer, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and R. Buckminster Fuller. The exhibition, up through June 12 ,also takes a look at the crucial years of American exhibitions abroad, beginning with the formation of an official system of exhibiting American commercial wares and political ideas at trade fairs, through official exchanges with the U.S.S.R., to pavilions at World’s Fairs and finally to museum exhibitions that signaled a return to the display of founding American values.

Vision for Buckhead

The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) has been awarded an Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) grant for $112,000 to update its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan. The grant is part of almost $13 million awarded across metro Atlanta to 20 communities. The ARC grant will allow BCID to update the 15-year community planning study in order to address the generational divide around the future vision of Buckhead and the transportation capacity needed to better connect residents to jobs and amenities amid intense development. BCID will hire consultants to gather extensive public input to significantly update the plan. The ARC awarded $800,000 in LCI study grants to nine metro Atlanta communities to help develop plans to create linked places, and $12 million in transportation funding to 11 other communities that have previously implemented completed LCI studies. The program is funded with federal transportation tax dollars, which provides up to 80 percent of funding, with recipients making at least a 20 percent match.

New Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet announced that Gennadi Nedvigin, principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, will join the 87-year-old company as only its fourth artistic director. The announcement comes just seven months after John McFall, the Ballet’s current artistic director, announced his retirement after more than 20 years with the Company. “We are thrilled to welcome Gennadi to Atlanta Ballet,” says Allen W. Nelson, chair of Atlanta Ballet’s Board of Trustees. “This is a pivotal time for our organization, and we are confident that Gennadi will be a leader who can build on the rich legacies of John McFall, Robert Barnett and Ms. Dorothy Alexander, but also carve out his own legacy within our organization.” Nedvigin will join Atlanta Ballet after 19 seasons with San Francisco Ballet where he has been one of the most celebrated dancers of the Company’s current era. He will now be one of three former San Francisco Ballet principal dancers who currently lead a major ballet company in the United States, including Mikko Nissinen at Boston Ballet and Ashley Wheater at Joffrey Ballet.

The New Beauty 
and Beast

A fairytale re-imagined for contemporary times, Center for Puppetry Arts invites audiences to experience the delightful adaptation of the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast, playing April 7-May 22. In an urban world where trash is turned to treasure and true love prevails by way of a magical rose, this fun and funky fable returns to the puppet stage with toe-tapping music, laughter and a poignant message for all. Through the use of found-object puppetry such as mops, rakes, pipes, wrenches and other “discovered” objects, the cast of characters embody their most identifiable characteristics from the items of which they are made. Utilizing the Czech Black technique, five skilled puppeteers dress in all black from head to toe in order to keep the focus on the puppets and encourage audience imagination. Built specifically for this production, all puppets, props and scenery are created onsite by Center’s resident puppet builder Jason Hines and talented team of artists. Tickets are available for $10.25 (members) and $20.50 (non-members) and include admission to the show, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum and entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where guests can make their own Alley Cat Hand Puppet to take home.