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Best Readers

Benefitting the Sarah Smith PTA, the Read-A-Thon is a school wide event to encourage reading and also serves as the school’s largest fundraiser. Students and classrooms compete to read the most minutes during the two-week period.  PTA members Adrienne Cronan, Dana Gillis and Aimee Connolly chaired this year’s event. The fundraiser works by asking students to sign up sponsors: think mom, dad, neighbor and grandparents who are asked to pay a per-minute rate or one total amount.  Each student in the school who reads 500 minutes or more receives a Rising Star certificate, each student who reads 750 or more minutes receives a Shooting Star certificate, and every student who reads 1,000 minutes or more receives a Super Star certificate. The grade level winners this year were: Kindergarten-Malia Williams, 1st-Emma Rosenblatt,  2nd-Alex Lemene,  3rd-Coleman Fleming, 4th-Anjini Naidu, and 5th-Jacob Lemene. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Polo in the Pines Benefits

Kendra Scott is a fashion accessories and lifestyle brand of big dreams, colorful confidence, and inspired design. Founded on Family, Fashion and Philanthropy, they believe giving back is the truest form of success. A national charity, a hometown crisis, a local organization, or a friend in need, Kendra Scott always has something to give. The Kendra Scott Avalon team recently heard about sisters Saville and Lilia Sullivan of Albany (pictured with their parents).  Saville, a sophomore at the University of Alabama, and Lilia, a high school junior, were each diagnosed with separate forms of brain cancer within weeks of one another. Immediately wanting to support the sisters and the research taking place at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where they are being treated, Kendra Scott is hosting a Kendra Gives Back party at their Avalon store in Alpharetta Friday, July 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the evening will go to Polo in the Pines, a local nonprofit that funds research for specific kinds of cancer. The 2017 Polo in the Pines event, being held at the Atlanta Polo Club October 7-8, will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in honor of the Sullivan sisters. Supporters are encouraged to visit or call the Avalon store to support brain cancer awareness and stay “Sullivan Strong.”  3150 1st Street Alpharetta

Borden Honored

At the May 9 council meeting, Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Director Brian Borden was awarded the “Patriot Award Certificate of Appreciation” from the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense. The Patriot Award is bestowed upon employers and supervisors who have exhibited exemplary support and accommodation to employees serving in our country’s National Guard and Reserve units. Borden was nominated by Petty Officer Third Class Taylor Davis, the Parks and Recreation Department’s athletics coordinator, who says that Brian’s continued support of his military commitments over the past 15 months has been invaluable. “His continued support of myself, and my family, over the past year truly demonstrates the integrity and values he conveys each day.” Borden says, “Upon receiving the award, I’m just grateful for the opportunity to have been able to offer support to a member of the United States military. I believe it’s important for the men and women serving in the National Guard and Reserves to have the support of their employers and have the assurance that their jobs will always be secure.”

A Bright Night

The 2017 Atlanta Light The Night Walk is set for  Saturday, October 7th at Piedmont Park.  When you or someone you love hear the words, “You have cancer,” it’s one of the darkest moments in your life.  At Light The Night (LTN), their aim is to bring light to the darkness of cancer through research and cures.  LTN is an evening community event supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s research funding.  We bring hope in time of despair, community in place of loneliness and life-saving research and support for cancer patients and their families. LTN brings communities together to celebrate those who are fighting, honor those we have lost, and raise funds to cure blood cancers once and for all.  We are taking steps to end cancer: we Light The Night! The Goal: More Cancer Survivors.  Join Us!   Walk * Sponsor * Volunteer. LightTheNight.org or call 404.720.7841

Summer at the Beach

Cape San Blas, Florida will be your new favorite ‘under-the-radar’ beach destination for the whole family! Plus, vacation rentals in Cape San Blas are as luxurious and unique as its beaches. Experiential travel company Sunset Reflections by Natural Retreats offers a wide selection of oceanfront and beach access homes, most of which are pet-friendly, and all of which are highly regarded in the area as 4-5 star accommodations. This summer, when you rent a Cape San Blas home through Sunset Reflections by Natural Retreats, and mention this magazine, you’ll receive $250 worth of free beach and water sports equipment from VayK Gear. Guests will also be able to enjoy the complimentary Xplorie Program, which provides them with one complimentary ticket to the participating partner activities per day of their stay in Cape San Blas. From golfing and horseback riding to a boating trip on the water, they’ve got you covered this summer.

Where’s Buck?

As part of the remodeling arrangement of the Peachtree / Roswell / Sardis triangle park, the larger-than-life size buck sculpture housed on that property has been relocated to the Buckhead branch library. Alabama artist Frank Fleming titled the piece “The Storyteller,” and Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell reasoned it was most appropriate to be at a library. The Coalition commissioned this work of art in 1998 and has now donated it (and three accompanying bronze dogs plus one rabbit) to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.  The stylized figure depicts a half-man / half-buck sitting atop a log telling a story to the surrounding area of how Buckhead got its name.  Reportedly, a hunter hung a trophy buck’s head in front of nearby Irby’s Tavern around 1838 where after travelers were known to say “let’s meet at the buck’s head” and the area soon became known as “Buckhead.”

New Gym at Covenant

Covenant House Georgia received a big surprise recently at the official naming ceremony of its 8,536-square-foot gymnasium, named The Loudermilk Family Gymnasium. In addition to the $250,000 donated by R. Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk, Sr., for the gym on behalf of his family foundation, the senior Charles Loudermilk donated an additional $500,000 to the Covenant House. In his speech to the homeless teens who attended the naming ceremony, Loudermilk, Sr. shared that he came from nothing and worked hard to make something of himself, and that they could, too. Covenant House Georgia Executive Director Allison Ashe says, “Charlie Loudermilk and the Loudermilk Family have been instrumental to our ability to serve Atlanta’s homeless youth. Their generous support of Covenant House has not only allowed us to expand our overall capacity to serve more than 1,000 homeless teens per year, the Loudermilk Gymnasium affords us the ability to provide a much needed recreational therapy program. Recreational therapy is a highly effective intervention for youth who have experienced the trauma of street life and sexual exploitation.” Behind R. Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk, Sr., from left, Allison Ashe, Jeffery (CHGA Youth), Jamesdelishia (CHGA Youth), Lisa and Michael deGolian and grandchildren, Katherine deGolian and Coley Loudermilk, Demetrius (CHGA Youth), Frances and Robin Loudermilk, Jr. and Justin (CHGA Youth).

Once Upon a Time

The Lovett International Alliance recently sponsored the Six-Word Story Contest. The contest was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous six-word novel: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” The topic of the contest was: My favorite place in the world in six words.  On May 4, one winner and runner-up, and honorable mentions from grades K – 1, grades 2 -3, grades 4 – 5, Middle School, Upper School, Faculty & Staff, Parents, and Alumni & Lions for Life were announced. The guest judge was CNN Digital Reporter Moni Basu. “I really enjoyed reading six-word stories. There were some very creative entries. The youngest ones did the best! I was totally impressed,” Basu says. Winning entries will be featured in Lovett publications. And the student winners were…… Grades K-1: Winner: MacEwen M. “Flapping arms, touched moon, woke up.” Grades 2-3: Winner: Jackson S. “Baseball mound. Full count. Pressure. Out!” Grades 4-5: Winner: Kennedy C. “My skin. Great to be in.” Middle School: Winner: Leila B. “I smell pizza. I see Pisa.” Upper School: Winner: Jennifer H. “My family: a one way ticket.” The Six-Word Story Contest has been a great way to bring the Lovett community together! The Lovett International Alliance (LIA) is made up of Lovett families committed to expanding international awareness by offering events and programs for the entire community.

Fashion Forward

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta is set to celebrate 25 stylish years on Monday, August 28th. Considered the official kick-off to fall social season, the annual philanthropic fête founded by acclaimed retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky will return to Phipps Plaza for an unforgettable evening that includes a cocktail reception followed by a live auction and runway show featuring style selections from high-end designers such as Gucci, Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, Dries van Noten, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.  The 2017  benefits Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), and the Medical University of South Carolina. In its history, Fashion Cares has grown into one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit JeffreyFashionCares.com.

A Rare Opportunity

Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Through Sept. 3, 2017
The High Museum of Art is the exclusive East Coast venue for this sweeping exhibition featuring more than 250 works by famed pop artist Andy Warhol, including such iconic screenprint portfolios as “Marilyn Monroe” (1967), “Campbell’s Soup I” (1968), “Electric Chair” (1971), and “Mao” (1972). The comprehensive show is the largest exhibition of its kind, drawing exclusively from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation in Portland, Ore. Remarkable for their nearly exhaustive range, the Schnitzer Collections offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore the breadth of Warhol’s influential graphic production over the course of four decades. From portraits of Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe—imbued with a sense of the tragic—to evocative images of the Birmingham, Ala., civil rights protests and portrayals of influential 1970s personages, Warhol’s prints speak to the American values of the prosperous post-war consumer culture and foreshadow society’s preoccupation with celebrity, fashion, politics, sensationalism and scandal.