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Column: Christmas light donations aid Northside Hospital
by Sally F. White
Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
December 18, 2013 05:25 PM | 2642 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Bright lights twinkling along the freeways this holiday season will mark the 25th year for Northside Hospital to honor those affected by cancer with giant, bright Christmas trees atop its three campuses — The Northside Doctors’ Center in Sandy Springs visible off Interstate 285, the Alpharetta Medical Campus and the Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming, both near Ga. 400.

Started as a Sandy Springs Christmas gift beacon in 1989 to give thousands of caring families a chance to help the acclaimed nonprofit Northside Hospital Cancer Institute honor patients and give aid to cancer research and treatment close to home, the expanded highway vision now shines on three campuses.

Each light on the great trees (nearly 200,000 lights in total) represents someone whose life has been touched by cancer.

Lights can be purchased and designated in honor or memory of family, friends, patients and physicians. Festive cards designed by a local student will be sent to loved ones. All donated proceeds go directly to assist cancer patients and families in need of medical care, medicine, transportation and lodging. The lights will shine through December and all donations are tax-deductible.

Donations and information: (770) 667-4483 or

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is serving as host for the 30th annual Mayor’s Masked Ball to benefit the United Negro College Fund Saturday at the Marriott Marquis Hotel downtown. The signature event begins with a VIP reception and silent auction followed by an elegant dinner, the Parade of Stars and Dignitaries along with dancing and entertainment sparked by renowned Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight.

Founded by Billye S. Aaron and former Mayor Andrew Young, the festive holiday evening is one of Atlanta’s premier events drawing socialites, business leaders and politicians to support the nonprofit minority education organization.

The fund assists more than 60,000 students at more than 900 colleges through 400 scholarship, internship and fellowship programs and by advocating the importance of minority education and college readiness. Atlanta is home to four of the participating institutions: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and the Interdenominational Theological Center. The nationally recognized motto is, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste but a wonderful thing to invest in.”

Tickets and information: (404) 302-8623 or

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