Come to a Hot Pink Party to benefit Atlanta’s Cool Girls!

Cool Girls partyOn Saturday night, April 27, at 7:00pm, the annual “Cool Girls Become Cool Women” Hot Pink Party will take place at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.  The party, which benefits Cool Girls, Inc., will raise funds to support their programs for girls living in Atlanta’s low-income communities.

More than 400 Atlanta professionals and Cool Girls supporters will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails, and fantastic silent auction items.    And there’s still time for you to join them!   Tickets to the event cost $150 per person and can be purchased online through April 23.  If you can’t make the event, but want to support this great organization, you also make a donation on this page or buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win an iPad mini! Continue reading

Hunger Walk 2013 Raises $341,000 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank

The numbers are in!  The Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run, which took place March 10 in downtown Atlanta, raised more than $341,000 to fight hunger.  The funds raised will support the food pantries, shelters, community kitchens, senior centers and child care centers that need it most.

More than 15,000 people walked, ran, volunteered, and raised money to accomplish this important goal.

The ACFB is still accepting online donations through March 31 and cash or check donations through April 5, so it’s not too late to give.

Several Atlanta companies, including Perennial Properties which raised $775 (pictured below), created company teams and encouraged employee participation in the event.

Perennial Properties

Participants are already looking forward to next year’s event.  The date for the 2014 Hunger Walk/Run, which will also be the 30th anniversary of the event, will be announced soon!

Check out these photos from the event and get inspired to give now and participate next year!

Save a life in less than an hour without spending a penny

American Red CrossLast week I was fortunate to participate in a tour of the metro Atlanta headquarters of the American Red Cross.  The purpose of the tour was to educate participants on the Red Cross’s five key lines of service — disaster response, assistance to the armed forces, CPR & first aid training, international services, and, of course, blood services.

The tour walked us through the important work done in all five lines of service, but no area struck me more than the blood donation area.   Specifically, I was continually confounded by the numbers.  In short, the Red Cross is in a constant fight to have enough blood and blood products to meet its needs.  Our speaker mentioned that every two seconds someone needs a blood product — and you really never know when that person could be you or someone you love.   It occurred to me that especially in a down economy, donating blood is the ideal way to give!  It costs nothing but a little bit of your time and can literally save a life. Continue reading

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center celebrates 40 years with a summer renovation!

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center logoThe Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) has been bringing Atlanta contemporary art created by emerging and established artists since 1973.  Its 30,000 square foot campus of exhibition galleries, artist studios, a community resource room, gift shop, staff offices, and outdoor spaces was constructed in the 1920s and has served as ACAC’s operating space since 1989.  In celebration of the 40th anniversary, it’s time for a makeover! Continue reading

Visit 170 Atlanta landmarks for FREE March 9-24!

Atlanta Preservation CenterYep, you read that correctly.  Thanks to the Atlanta Preservation Center, you can visit more than 170 Atlanta landmarks for FREE during the Phoenix Files, a City-Wide Celebration of Living Landmarks.

Beginning this Saturday, March 9, Atlantans can reserve a spot for events including:


Calling all artists! Submit your proposals for fall 2013’s Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition!

Art on the BetlLinePeanut butter and jelly.   Bert and Ernie.  Salt and pepper.  Homer and Marge.

What do all these things have in common?  They are all two great things that go great together.  Just like our beloved new Atlanta BeltLine and art!  If you’ve explored the Eastside Trail since it opened officially a few months back, you’ve no doubt noticed the interesting and interactive artworks presented along the path.  Did you know those pieces were likely submitted as concepts by artists just like you?   And good news for those who want to submit new works – the Atlanta BeltLine recently issued a request for proposal for Fall 2013 installations! Continue reading