Time to Thank The River

The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) released a report documenting its ten most significant accomplishments of the past 25 years. The report demonstrates the organization’s positive impact on the health of the river, which provides drinking water for more than five million people, and on the habitat for countless fish and wildlife. “Over the organization’s 25-year existence, thousands of donors invested a total of $28 million in CRK’s mission to restore the river system,” said Juliet Cohen, Executive Director. “With this support, and the leadership of the Board of Directors and staff, along with the help of thousands of members and volunteers, CRK has led a transformation of the Chattahoochee River.” The report reveals that CRK’s work resulted in at least $2.2 billion invested to improve the Chattahoochee River. These expenditures came from government agencies, developers and regulated industries, either to compensate for failures to adhere to environmental laws and regulations or as efforts to remediate and protect our waterways. Every $1 donated to CRK yielded at least $80 in benefits to the Chattahoochee River watershed and its people. Northside.com/immunotherapy

Northside Immunotherapy Strides

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute (NHCI) Immunotherapy Program now offers access to another chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy for treatment of adult acute lymphoid leukemia and certain types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Kymriah® CAR T-cell therapy is made from a patient’s own white blood cells, the prescription cancer treatment is used in patients up to 25 years old who have acute lymphoblastic leukemia that is either relapsing or is refractory (did not go into remission after receiving other leukemia treatments). It is also used in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Georgia wants YOU to be a Dementia Friend

An estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with dementia, and it’s likely you will encounter someone at the park, the bank, the grocery, or your gym for example.   Georgia held the Inaugural Dementia Friends Champion training at the Emory Center for Brain Health and wants to share how you can support your family, friends, and neighbors.   Robin Andrews Smith will host the first workshop at Orchard at Brookhaven May 23 from 7-8:30 pm 1634 Afton Lane Brookhaven.  Dementiafriendsusa.org

Camp Twin Lakes Means Summer


For more than 25 years, Camp Twin Lakes has powered fully adaptive, medically supportive, and transformative camp experiences for children and young adults with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges. After spending every other day of the year adapting to the world around them, for one week, camp adapts to them. There are no other fully accessible and medically equipped camp programs in Georgia able to meet the extensive range of needs of campers. Partnering with more than 60 nonprofit organizations, each serving a different population, Camp Twin Lakes creates customized, intentional programming that teaches campers to overcome obstacles, grow in their confidence and capabilities, and experience the joys of childhood. The result is mindful, resilient, and confident children who are prepared to triumph over challenges. Annually, Camp Twin Lakes’ year-round programs serve 10,000 children, leveraging support from 3,500 volunteers. Camp Twin Lakes proudly subsidizes 70 percent of the direct camp costs ($550) for every camper served. Most campers attend camp at no cost to their families. Learn more at www.camptwinlakes.org.

Drinks with Fishes

Save the date for  October 4, 2019 for Georgia Aquarium’s 14th annual Aqua Vino food and wine social event. Sample wines from around the world and taste the best cuisine Atlanta has to offer. You won’t want to miss the amazing silent auctions and an exciting night exploring our incredible galleries! GeorgiaAquarium.org

Phipps News


Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, has announced that iconic luxury brand Tom Ford will open a 4,500 square-foot boutique at Buckhead’s upscale shopping mecca, Phipps Plaza. The boutique will feature women’s and men’s ready-to-wear fashion and will open by holiday 2019. Tom Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand in April, 2005 and has been an iconic name in luxury fashion ever since.  Saint Laurent and Valentino also opened Phipps Plaza earlier this year. Upscale boutiques continue to flock to the center as work progresses on a reimagined Phipps Plaza, slated for a tiered opening beginning in late 2020, which will include Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Atlanta; a 90,000 square-foot Life Time® healthy living and entertainment destination; and One Phipps Plaza, a 13-story, 350,000 square foot Class A office building.

Buckhead Coalition Grows

The invitation–only nonprofit civic association Buckhead Coalition welcomes nine new members. Limiting new participation to the top area persons of major business firms, the new members are Site Centers Corp. Vice President Lauren Ball; BIP Chief Executive Officer Mark Buffington; Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial Managing Partner David Dial; Angel Oak Companies Managing Partner/Co-CEO Mike Fierman; Gilbane Building Company Vice President Jeff George; Windham Brannon President and CEO Heidi LaMarca; Reicon Capital Managing Director Forrest McClain; Kaiser Permanente Georgia President Jim Simpson, and Global Payments Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Sloan.  Julie Bailey is an ex officio member for 2019 as president of the Buckhead Business Association. The founding president of the Coalition is former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, and the current Chairman (serving until January 2021) is Cadence Bancorporation Vice Chairman Josephs Evans.  The community service organization is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary.

Superstar Teens

Pebble Tossers, a youth development organization, awarded 16 youth volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) in recognition of their outstanding service. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. The following students are commended for their outstanding service: • Greg Galanter, Bronze, Peachtree Charter Middle School • James Jones, Gold, The Lovett School • Ashley Stratton, Gold, The Lovett School • Linda Benton, Gold, The Lovett School • Grace Manning, Silver and Bronze, Autrey Mill Middle School • Areeba Kausar, Bronze, Homeschool • Henry Guynn, Gold, St. Pius X Catholic High School • Ashna Cheemakurthy, Gold, Northview High School • Ismail Khaderi, Gold, Marvin Ridge Middle School • Frank Harris, Gold, Cambridge High School • Narmeen Babar, Bronze, Atlanta Girls’ School • Komal Babar, Bronze, Alfalah Academy • Srikar Karra, Silver, South Forsyth High School • Rhea Pabbati, Gold, Denmark High School • Milan Ronvelwala, Gold, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology • Ethan Gravely, Bronze, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School. PebbleTossers.org.

Wesleyan School Will Again Bus Service Throughout North Metro Area

For the fifth year, during the 2019-2020 school year, Wesleyan School will offer morning and afternoon bus services throughout the north metro Atlanta area. Routes include Brookhaven, Buckhead, Duluth, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Suwanee and Tucker. To see route details, cost, and anticipated stops, visit WesleyanSchool.org/bus. Wesleyan School is a Christian, independent K-12 college preparatory school located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Wesleyan enrolled 1,177 students from throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Our Favorite Fashion Show

Atlanta’s most philanthropic and fashionable affair, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, is set to celebrate 27 stylish years on August 26. The event will be held at Phipps Plaza and benefits Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF) and the Medical University of South Carolina. Jeffrey Fashion Cares will kick off with a cocktail reception and dynamic silent auction followed by a high-energy live auction and the runway show featuring Kalinsky’s style selections from high-end designers. Last year’s event raised nearly $625,000. The annual event, which has become a mainstay on Atlanta’s social circuit, is founded by acclaimed retailer and arbiter of style, Jeffrey Kalinsky, who recently expanded his Atlanta store in Phipps Plaza and is now offering both men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry.  Marsha Archer, President of M-Squared Public Relations, joins veteran co-chairs Lila Hertz and Louise Sams to continue Kalinksy’s mission to raise more funds and awareness. Sponsor and patron packages are currently available. A limited number of single-seat tickets will be on sale beginning July 15 www.jeffreyfashioncares.com