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Column: Crystal Ball to focus on sea’s healing benefits
by Sally F. White
Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
October 16, 2013 04:39 PM | 3806 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
This year’s 32nd annual Crystal Ball Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead will have a meaningful “Magical Sea” theme to reflect the healing power of water as the event benefits the Arthritis Foundation.

The formal reception, ballroom dining, live and silent auctions and dancing scene will be transformed by Tony Brewer into oceanic majesty.

“We wanted to mirror the beautiful healing elements of sea water and thalassotherapy,” Co-Chairs Susan McCaffrey and Dot Stoller said. “The mineral contents are known to positively affect the treatment of many forms of arthritis and the vision of the Arthritis Foundation is to create a world free of arthritis pain.”

The ball will honor Carole and John Harrison, whose support of the event extends more than a decade. Sandy Springs’ Northside Hospital, which has contributed more than $100,000 through teams and sponsorships of the foundation’s Atlanta fundraising efforts, will also be commended at the ball.

Serving as patron co-chairs are: Caroline and Boyd Leake and Linda and Tom Morris. The patron party hostess is Ruth Anthony.

Funds from the 2013 ball will be allocated by the nonprofit foundation’s Southeast region chapter to the strategic research for the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and the guidance for adults and children facing the debilitating disease.

Tickets and information: (678) 237-4458 or

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The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on Means Street in west Midtown is announcing the return of the electrifying ART PARTY: NOURISH Saturday. The evening fête will celebrate the re-opening and unveiling of the renovated facility after an extended hiatus.

The focus of the excitement will be opening two exhibitions. The first is by the Los Angeles–based collaborative team Fallen Fruit, featuring David Burns and Austin Young, and the second, “Energy Strategies,” is by Atlanta-based artist Steven L. Anderson. Also, 14 artists participating in the center’s ongoing Studio Artist Program will host open studios.

From exhibitions to performances to food and drink pairings, the jam-packed evening of art and entertainment will also coincide with the center’s 40th anniversary. Guests will sample from a smorgasbord of experiences to stimulate the senses.

Special pop-ups will focus on food and drink and interactive offerings with at least five music and entertainment performances during the evening.

Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, non-collecting center, which is dedicated to the creation, presentation and advancement of contemporary art by emerging and established artists. It creates a diverse cultural landscape for artists, arts professionals and the art-interested public through its exhibitions, education programming and Studio Artist Program.

Tickets and information: (404) 688-1970 or

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The 2013 MoMENtum benefit Saturday at the Dunwoody Country Club will bring Atlanta’s business and health care leaders together to heighten awareness of men’s health issues and raise money for the Men’s Health & Wellness Center in Sandy Springs.

A highlight of the benefit will be the presentation of the sixth annual Apollo Award lauding influential men who support issues related to improving men’s health. This year’s honor will go to 11 Alive’s Jerry Carnes, who five years ago was diagnosed with prostate cancer and has published a blog on his experience with the disease since then.

Guests for the social evening will enjoy dinner, dancing and a scintillating performance by Atlanta’s premier magician, Arthur Atsma, who has amazed and astonished audiences from Las Vegas to Manhattan. A silent auction will build monetary momentum for the fundraiser. One of the special auction items is two Delta round trip business-class tickets to anywhere in the world.

Funds from the event will go to programs and services of the center, a nonprofit founded in 2007 to serve the education and support needs of men as they face health issues associated with lifestyle changes and aging.

Programs to prevent disease, shorten the healing process and improve the quality of their lives are integrated with major hospitals in Atlanta offering individual consultations, group classes on nutrition, exercise and stress reduction plus educational forums and health assessment resources.

Tickets and information: (678) 638-6388 or

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The high-tech community will challenge golfers Monday for a charity tournament at the Tournament Players Club Sugarloaf course in Duluth. The event is hosted by the Society for Information Management’s Atlanta chapter, which is  partnering with TechBridge, an Atlanta nonprofit that brings affordable business and technology expertise to other nonprofits.

This will mark the seventh year for the successful golf competition to raise money and support for the partnership that offers technology programs and services for Atlanta community nonprofits.

Information technology executives serving as honorary co-chairs are Karen Renner, chief information officer at Novelis, and Keith Credendino, vice president of guest solutions at InterContinental Hotel Group.

The society is an international U.S.-based nonprofit with 3,200 members representing 500 tech companies. Beginning in 2007, its Atlanta chapter partnered with TechBridge to support Atlanta programs. The golf outing grew into a record-breaking fundraising effort to bring affordable tech support and volunteers with technology expertise to area nonprofits.

Participation in the 2013 golf benefit also offers tech business networking activities during play.

Registration and information: (404) 879-5404 or

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Television comedian Jake Johannsen will present hilarious entertainment and topical humor for the 16th signature Benefits of Laughter gala Oct. 23 at the St. Regis in Buckhead.

The comedian and TV personality is setting the tone for the annual dinner to benefit Skyland Trail, the nationally acclaimed nonprofit mental health treatment center in DeKalb County.

“Join us in light-hearted humor and fun with the star of Showtime’s ‘I Love You’ and understand how humor and laughter can help heal mental illness,” Co-chairwomen Kelly Loeffler and Betsy Akers said.

Lorri McClain and Kim Noonan are serving as patron committee co-chairwomen with an energetic team of 20 volunteers dedicated to supporting mental health treatment for those in need.

Held each fall as a primary fundraiser for Skyland Trail, the comedy-based event applauds the passion and dedication of those involved in programs to inspire people with mental illness to thrive through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, integrated medical care, research and education.

Serving residents 18 and older, the unique psychiatric residential and day treatment programs advance clients from intensive treatment to independent living back in the community.

Tickets and information: (678) 686-5905 or

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Women and girls will be celebrated Oct. 23 at the 17th annual Numbers Too Big to Ignore luncheon at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.

The fundraiser will bring together key leaders of the business and nonprofit communities to support the Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s mission to end the generational cycle of poverty for women and girls.

The keynote guest speaker is Susan L. Taylor, editor emerita of Essence magazine and founder of the National Cares Mentoring Movement. For nearly three decades, she was the driving force for one of the most celebrated black-owned businesses of the time and became a legend in the publishing world.

A fourth-generation entrepreneur, Taylor grew up in the Harlem section of New York, and worked in the family’s clothing store, then founded her own cosmetic company, which led her to the beauty editor post at Essence and on to the top editor-in-chief position.

“Susan Taylor’s passion for today’s youth speaks to the mission of Atlanta Women’s Foundation— to be a catalyst for change for girls in our community with a goal of eliminating generational poverty,” said Elizabeth Noe, luncheon chairwoman and a foundation board member.

The nonprofit foundation was established in 1986. It is the only nonprofit public foundation in Georgia dedicated solely to women and girls that identifies and leverages community resources and other nonprofits to make an impact on breaking the cycle of poverty.

Tickets and information: (404) 577-5000, ext. 106 or

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The Atlanta Music Club is hosting its second fall 2013 free, members-only Morning Musicale Oct 23 at Peachtree Christian Church on Peachtree Street in Midtown. The 10:30 a.m. performance will be in the second-floor Stew Wood Hall with light refreshments after the program.

The intimate concert will star notable soprano Kristin Moye of Griffin, who has a master’s degree  in music from Mercer University and this summer sang a leading role in a Mozart opera in Salzburg, Austria. She has performed with the Atlanta Capital City Opera, the Triangle Opera Studios in Durham, N.C., and the Capital Opera in Raleigh, N.C., and is a featured singer at Diner and a Diva at Petite Auberge restaurant in DeKalb County in addition to being a regular guest vocalist at Atlanta churches.

The nonprofit club has an illustrious history from 1915 supporting music in the metro area. Achievements include: the founding of the All-Star Concert Series with music celebrities, establishing the Choral Guild of Atlanta and the Atlanta Youth Orchestra and music performance scholarship programs for high school, undergraduate and graduate levels and providing musicales in public venues.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was a direct outgrowth of the Atlanta Youth Orchestra in 1944.

Information: (404) 872-9670 or

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Halloween is a time for spooky costumes, tricks, treats and philanthropy, and the inaugural Vampire Ball Oct. 25 at Paris on Ponce in Midtown will invite financial support for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Georgia.

This ghoulish fundraising event inspired and inaugurated by the foundation’s leadership class is featuring an Un-dead Costume Contest, fortune tellers, an open bar and devilish bites from Glorious Event Catering along with silent and live auctions emceed by Miss USA 2010, Jessica Black. VIP packages are available.

Event co-chairs Lisa and Ricky Novak are serving along with a dozen fun-loving, dedicated host committee members.

Since 1955, the nonprofit foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure for the inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of some 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. A defective gene and its protein cause the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections.

The nationwide foundation has 80 branch offices supported by charitable donations with the mission to assure the development of means to cure and control cystic fibrosis as it gives financial and emotional support to patients, families and researchers. The event will benefit the foundation’s local chapter and help those in Georgia suffering from the disease.

Tickets and information: (404) 325-6973 or

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