The 2nd Annual Beauty for Ashes Fashion Show

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Sunday, October 7th from 4 - 7PM, Pretty Gyrlz Pray Foundation will host its 2nd Annual Beauty for Ashes Fashion Event at Atlanta City Hall! Celebrating its 2nd year of philanthropic fashion, “Beauty for Ashes” is sure to engage its participants both visually and vocally about the need to "empower survivors of sexual abuse and severe trauma". With a slew of very gifted designers, the goal is to showcase fashion in a way that depicts overcoming and confidence utilizing bold designs and relevant fashion trends. Topics such as domestic violence, human sex trafficking and sexual abuse, will be highlighting during the show. The foundation also aims to raise significant funds toward their vision to build the first after school building in the Atlanta area for victims of sexual abuse.

For more information and tix, please visit https://www.pgpfashionshow.com/.

 

Atlanta History Center's 6th Annual Back On The Farm

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Friday, September 14, 2018 at 6PM, one of my all time favorite philanthropic-foodie events took place, The 6th Annual Back on the Farm! My first time covering this event was a few years ago where I was welcomed by Katherine Hoogerwerf (Atlanta History Center’s Director of Development Events) and key members of her staff. Every year, this team so brilliantly brings such an amazing event to life! This year, Executive Chef Kevin Gillespie along with a host of chefs, worked in harmonious collaboration to facilitate an unforgettable meal for it’s guests following the outdoor cocktail reception. The purpose, to “provide support for Smith Family Farm and its unique educational programming that tens of thousands of school children experience each year.” The outdoor reception prior to dinner provided delectable farm-style appetizers by Kevin Gillespie himself, Seni Alabi-Isama of SmoQue Pit BBQ; and Suzanne Vizethann of Buttermilk Kitchen.

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Year to Year, participants of Back on the Farm gather on the farm in high anticipation of the evening lighting the farm grounds with smiles and good ole’ fellowship. This is one of those events where you everyone feels like family and you leave feel accomplished and with a full stomach! Most importantly, the event raises significant funds to keep the Smith Family Farm vibrant, take care of the farm animals and continue to provide memorable educational impartation to those who visit. Big thanks to Presenting Sponsor Harry Norman, Realtors for their generous supportThis year’s chairmen were Juliet Asher, Michael Golden, Bianca and Mark Bell.

*Photos Courtesy of Kim Link

Recap from Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2018

2018 Jeffrey Fashion Cares (photo by Ben Rose)

This year's 2018 Jeffrey Fashion Cares was an absolute success as has been throughout the years! Founder, Jeffrey Kalinsky and patrons of this phenomenal event, celebrated 26 years of Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta on Monday, August 27th, 2018 at Phipps Plaza. Jeffrey Fashion Cares is a sold-out fashion show that benefits Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the AIDS Fund (AAF) and the Medical University of South Carolina. The runway Monday night showcased Neon looks, Sparkling pieces, Oversize, Plaids and creative blends of Sports looks. As custom, guests and supporters flooded out the elegantly decorated corridors of Phipps Plaza dressed to impress! Prior to the show, we were graced with a wonderful reception and silent auction followed by a live auction and the high-energy, highly anticipated runway show. 

This was an event for the history books! For more information, please visit www.jeffreyfashioncares.com.

DRESS LIKE A GENT

 

 

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival 2018

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This evening from 7 - 10 PM, The Grant Park Conservancy will host the official 135th Birthday Bash in honor of Atlanta’s historic Grant Park. In conjunction with this highly anticipated event, the 16th annual Summer Shade Festival will follow Saturday and Sunday, August 25th - 26th. The Grant Park Sunmer Shade Festival aka #gpssf2018 is a two-day, fun-packed festival showcasing LIVE music all weekend on dual stages, a creative artist market, Kids Zone, 5K run and a dedicated VIP Lounge. The festival is free and open to all ages. Guests can enjoy a variety of food grub from the host of food trucks available and plenty of fun family activities. And yea, be sure to bring a beach towel or chair to relax on the beautiful grassy lawns! 

For more up to date info, visit www.summershadefestival.

* Photos courtesy of Fabio Fernandez & Ryan Purcell

+ CINÉBASH 2018

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Atlanta's first annual #Cinébash2018 happened this past Saturday, June 23rd at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; an ideal spot for the film party! Sponsored by AJFF (Atlanta Jewish Film Festival), Cinébash is a combination of the arts, music, food and fellowship among those with an appreciation for "all things creative". This year, Cinébash celebrated the graphic work of Saul Bass and his timeless artistic contributions to the world. Bass is admired for his motion picture title sequences including Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, Psycho, and for his promo movie posters for films like Exodus, West Side Story and The Shining. This film party was an unforgettable evening of innovative art exhibits centered around Bass and not to mention, great food +  a very stylish crowd of participants. Food sponsors included delectable selections from Taste of Atlanta. Alon's Bakery & Market, 1KEPT, City Barbeque, DAS BBQ, and FLIP Burger. With impeccable weather, the evening's activities both in and outdoors were graciously managed. And Kudos to DJ Santiago Páramo for rocking the night away on the ones and twos! This was definitely one of those trendy gatherings that you look forward to being a part of for years to come!

* Photos Courtesy of Donald Felice & Vaughn Gittens

The Premiere of Atlanta's Cinébash

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Saturday, June 23rd from 7 PM - 12 AM, an innovative blend of music, the arts, food and dance, will makes its premiere début celebrating cinema arts and the work of graphic designer Saul Bass. Deceased now 22 years, Saul Bass is forever remembered for his motion picture title sequences, including Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Psycho, as well as his promo movie posters for films like Exodus, West Side Story and The Shining. Guests and lovers of the arts alike will gather this year at Cinébash to experience a well-rounded demonstration of Bass' artistry while networking among people in the industry hopefully to leave with a deeper appreciation for this type of craft. DJ Santiago Páramo will set the atmosphere musically along with an assortment of foods from several local restaurants including Taste of Atlanta. Alon's Bakery & Market, 1KEPT, City Barbeque, DAS BBQ, and FLIP Burger.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit Cinébash 2018

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The 14th Annual Choose Success Awards Ceremony

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On the evening of March 15th, 2018, Communties In Schools - Atlanta hosted their 14th Annual Choose Success Awards Ceremony at Flourish Atlanta in Buckhead. This event was filled with patrons, professionals in Education, students, family, and members of the Communities In School (CIS) staff from all over the nation. This year’s "Choose Success" awards program paid special tribute to its patriarchal founders Neil Shorthouse and Patty Pflum. Additionally, this event provides an opportunity for the public to commemorate the achievements of CIS Atlanta and the students that are a part of it. For those unaware, CIS "allows students who face various social and economic challenges to be of service to others. CIS works inside K-12 schools full-time to build relationships with students that empower them to stay in school and succeed in life." And this celebration was a magnificent way of showcasing the progress and results of such efforts.

Following a spectacular reception where everyone was able to network in the Flourish Event lobby, I had the pleasure of privately speaking with CIS - Atlanta CEO Frank Brown about the organization as a whole and the purpose of this annual “Choose Success” Ceremony. Frank shares that their goal for the evening is to honor their past and to formally salute the unsung heroes such as Neil & Patty, the site coordinators and the children. Frank also goes on to share how the heartbeat of the organization is to breakdown academic barriers and to facilitate life-long successes among children in need both in and beyond their high school years. Examples of CIS Atlanta’s service to the community include rendering emergency assistance to families in need of lights, water, groceries, as well as medical or burial assistance if necessary. 

By the time we made our way into the elegant dining assembly and received special presentations for the evening, Frank announced that there had already been raised $300,000. From one speaker to the next, we were graced to learn about the brilliant work of CIS Atlanta and encouraged to join the movement! Prior to, I also had an opportunity to chat with President and CEO of CIS National, Dale Erquiaga, who emphasized the value of making a connection with children by showing that we care and says “that simple act gives the child agency, empowers them to write their own story and choose a very different pathway”. Absolutely everything about the night was excellent! Lavished with a delectable 3-Course spread during the ceremony, we had a blast being able to fellowship with like-minded individuals seated next to us and gain a greater sense of community and the Power of Collectiveness. 

For more information about CIS Atlanta, please visit www.cisatlanta.org.