December 2016 Around Town 3

Cocoa With Santa

Santa Claus is coming to Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta this holiday season. Hot Cocoa and Photos with Santa will take place on Sunday, December 4 from 1pm to 3pm. Families can have a memorable keepsake photo taken with Santa by local photographer, Jenny Bianchi, in an elegant setting and then sip on hot cocoa and sample festive treats. The event is priced at $70 per family including parking. Reservations please at Eventbrite.

Pace Appoints New Head

Pace Academy has announced that Graham W. Anthony will become its third Head of Middle School, effective June 2017.  Anthony is a familiar face within the Pace Academy community. He began teaching sixth grade history in 2009 and has since served as sixth grade honor chair and eighth grade boys dean; coached football, baseball and wrestling; and guided students around the world through Pace Academy’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership. He currently teaches eighth grade history and is Assistant Head of Middle School for Student Life.As Assistant Head of Middle School for Student Life, Anthony has implemented a student advisory system and Athlete of the Week program, served as Middle School athletic director and coordinated spirit events. He received the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest honor given to a Pace Academy faculty member.

Case of the Disappearing Stent

The Northside Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute is the first in Atlanta to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option that literally disappears over time. Abbott’s Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold is the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving heart stent. It is a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease, which affects 15 million people in the United States and remains a leading cause of death worldwide despite decades of therapeutic advances. “This is clearly the next era of interventional cardiology, a biological solution, rather than a mechanical one,” says Dr. Jack Chen, an interventional cardiologist with Northside Heart. While stents are traditionally made of metal, the new stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures. It disappears completely in about three years after it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated artery segment. By contrast, metal stents are permanent implants. Dr. Khalid Shash, an interventional cardiologist, implanted the first dissolving stent, Oct. 11, at Northside Hospital’s Atlanta campus.

Woodward Salutes Thespians

Two Woodward Academy seniors and seven members of the Class of 2016 earned induction into the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honor society for secondary school theater students. Congratulations to the following students and alumni: Caila Anderson ’16; Isabelle Johnson ’16; Christina Nassos ’16; Payan Jackson ’17; Ethan Rincon ’16; Madison Rousseau ’16; Reece Shelton ’16; Hailey Thomas ’17; Mallory Wilson ’16. Thespian inductees must complete more than 100 hours of excellent work in theater arts and related disciplines. In doing so, inductees acquire 21st-century life and career skills that include creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and effective communication.

Brookhaven’s Bikes

Brookhaven Georgia’s Police Department now has a new tool in its crime-fighting arsenal—a customized ElectroBike donated to the force by Brookhaven’s ElectroBike Georgia.  ElectroBike Georgia President Eric Hunger collaborated with Brookhaven’s Chief of Police, Gary Yandura, to outfit the Cross model bike with specific features needed to help the police officers, including increased power capabilities, a blue light, siren, front and back lights, police signage and a police bag. The state-of-the-art, motorized bicycle is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.  It can be ridden as a traditional bicycle, but with the flip of a switch, the officer can turn on the pedal assist feature, as well as a throttle for additional power.  Brookhaven Police Sergeant Justin Young said it should be a real asset for patrolling festivals and parks.

EAF Honors Bockman

The Educational Advisory Foundation (EAF) presented its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Betsy Bockman at its first annual award luncheon. Dr. Bockman, a distinguished educator and principal in Atlanta Public Schools for over 20 years,  was honored for the significant impact she has made in the lives of students and teachers at Garden Hills, Morningside and Inman Middle. She has recently taken the helm at Grady High School. The Educational Advisory Foundation’s mission is to stop failure in schools before it begins. EAF is a non-profit organization that places highly skilled tutors in APS schools to support students in literacy. Tutors are currently servicing students in Buckhead and other APS schools. EAF’s goal is to expand its program to reach “All Students in All Schools” and provide the tools and resources to allow students to reach grade level literary proficiency.

Mandarin’s Management

Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is pleased to announce the appointment of David Collas as General Manager. He is responsible for the executive management and operations of the 127-room hotel situated in the prestigious Buckhead neighborhood. With over 25 years of experience in the hotel industry, Mr. Collas joined Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in 2010 as Executive Assistant Manager, Food and Beverage at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. Since 2013, he has been Hotel Manager at Mandarin Oriental, New York, responsible for overseeing operations at one of the city’s most renowned properties. Prior to his tenure with Mandarin Oriental, Mr. Collas worked in senior management positions at The Ritz London, Hotel Martinez in Cannes as well as Four Seasons Hotel George V and Hotel Plaza Athénée, both in Paris. A native of Champagne, France, Mr. Collas is bilingual in French and English.

Atlas Welcomes Dew

Atlas is pleased to welcome Geno Dew as General Manager. The acclaimed Atlanta restaurant is located in the heart of Buckhead at The St. Regis Atlanta.  Offering a wealth of experience, Dew most recently served as General Manager of STK in Atlanta and has a rich history working within the hospitality industry. During his tenure with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Dew led teams for award-winning restaurants in Atlanta, Washington DC, and Miami, as well as opening Enoteca Carbonari and Spice Market by Jean Georges.  Atlas is one of 16 award-winning brands operated by Tavistock Restaurant Collection.

Find Your Winter White

The Winter White Party lets your imagination guide you to a memorable evening infused by impressive fashion, exciting entertainment and social interaction orchestrated by a non-stop soundtrack of diversity. The event sets the standard for a fabulous event experience with status as the premier holiday event in the Southeast! Twenty percent of proceeds from this glamorous evening will be donated to SOCIAL GEORGIA, a non-profit organization that gives back to improve our lives and the local community in today’s challenging society.

The LBD Opens Eyes

For one week in October, more than 80 members of the Junior League Atlanta (JLA) joined together to make a statement and raise more than $75,000 to combat generational poverty. League advocates wore a proverbial “little black dress,” day after day for a full work-week, along with a button that read “Ask Me About My Dress.” The annual Little Black Dress Initiative illustrates how poverty can affect a woman’s access to resources and professional advancement opportunities, as well as her confidence. This experiential and empathy-building campaign initiated dialogue among colleagues, friends and strangers with the hope of raising awareness about poverty, which impacts almost 19 percent of Georgia’s population. The money raised will support the JLA’s mission and 98 community partners, helping families increase financial literacy and employability while providing early childhood education opportunities for at-risk families. For more information on JLA’s mission and community involvement, visit .

Capt. Planet

One of the Southeast’s largest eco-benefits, the Captain Planet Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala will be held on Friday, Dec. 9 at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta (3315 Peachtree Road NE) from 6:00-9:30 p.m. Single tickets are $750, $1,500 per couple, and corporate tables start at $5,000. The charitable evening will raise funds for the Foundation’s programs, which promote and support hands-on environmental education projects in K-12 schools in all 50 states and 22 other countries. For more information or tickets, please visit