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Column: Emmy Awards gala to honor South’s top TV offerings
by Sally F. White
Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
June 04, 2014 01:07 PM | 4646 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
The Southeast chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will recognize the best of the region’s 2013 television productions Saturday at a gala ceremony in the Grand Hyatt hotel in Buckhead. The black-tie-optional champagne reception, dinner and regional Emmy Awards evening is open to members and the public.

There are 19 regional chapters affiliated with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a national professional organization for individuals in the television and broadcasting industry that produces the annual national Primetime Emmy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards. There are 19 affiliated regional chapters across the country.    

Headquartered in Atlanta, the Southeastern chapter represents Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Asheville, N.C. Its primary focus is the annual Southeast Emmy Awards celebrating excellence in regional media and patterned after the national Emmy Awards. The honors represent the most experienced and talented television professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from each of the Southeastern television markets.

Ninety-five categories will be represented including main news and individual awards covering a myriad of specialties such as special assignments, sports, cultural, educational, art, health, history and student productions.

Tickets and information: (404) 350-8879 or

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Three outstanding businessmen will receive the American Diabetes Association Atlanta chapter’s Father of the Year award June 12 at the Twelve Hotel & Residences’ ballroom on 17th Street in Atlantic Station.

This year’s honorees include: Albert Tarica, partner at Tarica and Whittemore, CPAs; John Brock, chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.; and Mark Wilson, president and CEO of eVerifile. All three men have managed to excel in their professional lives while being exceptional role models for their children and serving their communities.

Dave Baker, host of the weekly “Home Fix It Show” on WSB Radio, will serve as master of ceremonies for the social dinner program.

The evening will mark the 11th year the association’s Atlanta chapter has joined 34 other regional chapters to partner with the Father’s Day Council across the nation to honor men who represent the best of fatherhood by balancing all phases of their successful lives: excelling in business, giving loving attention to their families and serving their communities.

By honoring leaders in the community, the association is generating support for two causes — the council’s goal of heightening awareness of the importance of fatherhood and benefiting the community through ticket sales and tables for the awards dinner, which raises much-needed funds to support programs to stop diabetes.

Tickets and information: (404) 320-7100, ext. 3057 or

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Caroline Belcher, a 5-year-old Union, Ky., resident fighting brain cancer, will be honored at the lively Sweet Caroline Benefit Concert June 12 at SweetWater Brewing Co. on Ottley Drive in Midtown. The featured artists are Drew and Ellie Holcomb of the band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.

“We are really looking forward to being a part of a fun evening raising funds for pediatric cancer research,” Drew Holcomb said. “Caroline loves music and can’t wait to hear her first live concert.”

The event is being hosted by a 1994 alumni group from The Lovett School that graduated with Caroline’s mother, Emily Chodkowski Belcher.

“We want to support Emily during this difficult time and her No. 1 desire is to raise money for pediatric cancer research,” said Julie Harlan, Belcher’s best friend from high school, who formed the committee hosting the event. “The response from our high school class and alumni base has been unbelievable.”

All proceeds will be contributed to the nonprofit Sandy Springs-based Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.

Cancer is the No. 1 disease killer of kids ages 0 to 15.

“Every day in America, 46 families will find out that their child has cancer and they all have the same question: What are you going to do to make my baby better?” said Dean Crowe, Rally’s founder and CEO. “Rally exists to help answer that question. With every dollar raised for research, we are one step closer to finding a cure.”

Since its inception in 2005, Rally has awarded more than $5.2 million in research grants supporting more than 85 projects nationwide. According to independently audited financials, 93 cents of every dollar raised supports the nonprofit’s mission.

Tickets and information: (404) 847-1270 or

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A South Pacific Soirée theme will set the scene June 14 for the annual Lost Oasis benefit hosted by the Artemis Guild at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Clifton Road in DeKalb County.

Described as “an evening in paradise,” the colorful cocktail affair will honor Lesley and Trey Wainwright. The dynamic couple has given above-and-beyond support for more than a decade by serving on the board and the museum’s Corporate Leadership Council and having helped grow an array of educational initiatives.

Focused on the current exhibit, “Journey to the South Pacific,” the soirée will feature tropical décor, specialty cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dancing to the music by the band Kingsized. A silent auction and a wine pull game to win a coveted bottle of wine will enhance the fundraising aspects.

Co-chairs are Amber and Frank Heery and Emily and Robert Shuman.

The guild is a group of young professionals who organized in 1994 with the mission to engage Atlanta’s next generation of civic-minded leaders to support the museum’s programs. Proceeds from this year’s Lost Oasis benefit will go toward empowering children through educational programs to inspire future scientists, leaders and visionaries.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Fernbank is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and home to the world’s largest dinosaur skeletons. Only at Fernbank can you explore the development of life on Earth through landscapes of present-day Georgia, connect with cultures from around the globe, engage in a variety of hands-on and rotating exhibitions and experience the incredible five-story IMAX theater.

As a private, nonprofit, Fernbank inspires lifelong learning of natural history through dynamic programming to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants.

Tickets and information: (404) 929-6404 or

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