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Column: Golf tournament to benefit Angel Flight
by Sally F. White
May 06, 2014 06:54 PM | 5480 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
Golfers are invited to tee up for the 2014 Jim Shafer Memorial Tournament of Angels Thursday at the picturesque Woodlands and Château courses at Château Élan Golf Club in Braselton to support the unique Angel Flight good deeds for medical transport. The shotgun start is at 11 a.m.

Participants will enjoy a great round of competitive golf, a delicious lunch by Chick-fil-A and conclude the day with an awards banquet and dinner at the Pavilion by Fat Matt’s Rib Shack.

The tournament will offer golfers of all talent levels a chance to enhance their skills and challenge other golfers on world-class public 18-hole championship courses at Château Élan Winery and Resort, 45 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta off Interstate 85.

Each year fellow pilots and friends remember the late Jim Shafer with this event to benefit Angel Flight, the nonprofit Southeast volunteer pilot organization based at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport that he founded in 1983. Pilots and volunteer Earth Angels from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee provide free air transportation and coordination for potentially lifesaving medical treatment not available to patients locally. The majority of patients are mostly children needing healthcare at distant locations.

Seven mission a day seven days a week

Registration and information: (770) 452-7958, ext. 3 or

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As a follow-up to its spring/summer traveling exhibit, “Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps: Contemporary Botanical Artists Explore the Bartrams’ Legacy,” the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead will observe National Public Gardens Day Friday with a public tour of the exhibit. It will also include a guided visit to the Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Quarry Garden on the center campus, located on West Paces Ferry Road.

Hosted by the Cherokee Garden Library staff in the center’s gallery and library, the traveling exhibit showcases world-class botanical artworks depicting plants discovered and introduced by iconic early American horticulturist John Bartram (1699-1777) and his son William (1739-1823).

To add a live plant element to the exceptional exhibit, visitors will walk through the quarry garden for a closer look at plants highlighting the exhibition. Along the way attendees will visit the Swan House Gardens and identify special trees and ornamental features elsewhere.

Admission to Friday’s tours is free.

The center was founded in 1926 and is an all-inclusive, 33-acre destination featuring a history museum, two historic houses and the Kenan Research Center plus the Grand Overlook event space. There are 22 acres of historic gardens with paths and a kid-friendly discovery trail.

The library is part of the Kenan Research Center that serves as an educational resource for those interested in gardening, landscape design, garden history, horticulture, botanical art and plant ecology.

Tickets and information: (404) 814-4000 or

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The Atlanta Boy Choir is presenting its 56th annual spring concert Friday at 7:30 pm. at Druid Hills United Methodist Church on Ponce De Leon Avenue in DeKalb County.

This year’s evening performance will feature 75 boys from the current choir membership and 45 men from the Alumni Men’s Choir. The voices will be joined by an instrumental chamber ensemble.

This concert, under the direction of Founding Director Fletcher Wolfe, will preview the program scheduled for the boy choir’s June presentation in Poland to honor the canonization of the late Pope John Paul II. The boy choir has been awarded this special honor because it was one of his favorite choirs and performed for him many times during his reign in Rome.

“The Atlanta Boy Choir sings and the world listens” has become a mantra for the 56-year-old organization that originated as an offshoot of Atlanta Public Schools in 1946 when it was organized to perform with local church choirs.

In 1953 Wolfe, with the encouragement of parents and the arts community, founded today’s boy choir that inspires and develops the vocal talents of boys 6 to 13 and presents them in professional-quality public concerts worldwide. The present campus site is on South Ponce De Le Leon Avenue in Druid Hills.

Over the generations the boy choir has become renowned as a world-class chorus. It has performed in prestigious venues before esteemed audiences from the White House to the Vatican, grand theatres, cathedrals and historic venues around the globe.

Alumni, many of whom still keep close ties with their musical beginnings, perform in the alumni men’s choir and have progressed into the professional ranks from Grammy and Tony awards to “American Idol” winners and even Metropolitan Opera fame. Donations and some ticket funds give financial aid to talented youngsters who might otherwise not participate in the programs.

This brotherhood of singers includes every race, ethnic and social strata. Not only do they perform magnificently, they also lend their efforts to the development of musical talent across the spectrum.

Tickets and information: (404) 378-0064 or

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The Rockin’ at the River annual gala for the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell will “Light the Night” under the stars Saturday. Nature will come alive along the 127-acre Chattahoochee River site on the Sandy Springs-Roswell border.

Join movers and shakers across metro Atlanta to celebrate and support the center’s mission to provide unique learning experiences focused on the river and the natural world to empower the public to impact local environments.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of this year’s Outstanding Leadership Award by the center’s board to Lou and Pat Tabickman of Roswell for their tireless commitment to the facility’s growth and purpose. Lou Tabickman served as the center’s interim executive director from July to January.

A patron VIP party will kick off the evening recognizing retired Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe with a resolution commending his public service and pivotal role in helping establish the center 38 years ago.

The stage for the evening of passed hors d’oeuvres, a buffet and cocktails will be set at Kingfisher Hall with live and silent auctions to enhance the fundraising aspects. As the moon rises, guests will meander to the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion for dessert and dancing to the music of the Stephen Lee Band.

“We invite you to join us to promote the mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center to an ever-expanding audience of involved citizens, local leaders and corporate executives,” Chris Nelson, the center’s new executive director, said.

The center, with its unique gold level LEED-certified Discovery Center, is the Southeast’s oldest and largest, private, nonprofit natural science learning center.

Tickets and information: (770) 992-2055, ext. 226 or

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Saturday the start flag will wave for the 24th annual Race for the Cure at Lenox Square mall in Buckhead to launch the Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta 2014 benefit race.

The 8 a.m. 5-kilometer run/walk and the 7:30 a.m. 1-mile walk down Peachtree Road will support lifesaving breast health services to medically underserved women in metro Atlanta. The run/walk starts at 8 a.m.

All ages, speeds and abilities are invited to sign on and walk or run to help fund community projects related to breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment.

In 1982 Texan Nancy G. Brinker, with her young sister Susan dying from breast cancer, promised she would do everything in her power to end the disease forever. That promise became the nonprofit Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, it has invested more than $2.5 billion to fulfill the promise, working to end the disease in the U.S. and throughout the world through groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 30 countries.

Seventy-five percent of this year’s local race funds will remain in the Atlanta community to fund local breast cancer education, screening and treatment. The remaining 25 percent will support research on the national level.

Registration and information: (404) 814-0052 or

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Two nonprofits, WonderRoot and the Community Farmers Markets, are joining forces Saturday to give the public an evening dining experience with imaginative preparation and farm-fresh healthy ingredients plus an added art experience.

Called WonderFarm, the ticketed event will be staged from 7 to 11 p.m. at the colorful Krog Street Market between Cabbagetown and Inman Park. Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield and friends are orchestrating the food preparation for the seated dinner created by noted local chefs. Joe Reynolds of Love is Love Farm provides the select farm-fresh ingredients provided by the markets.

Unique art installations will spotlight more than a dozen local artists in a variety of mediums.

The exceptional cocktail and dining benefit will raise awareness for the two organizations’ missions and shared values while raising funds for both nonprofits and their community efforts. The honorary co-chairs are Camille Russell Love and Mary Laney Reilly.

WonderRoot is an arts and service organization located near Grant Park with the mission to unite artists and the community and to inspire positive social change. It supports artists and youth development issues through its WonderRoot Community Arts Center.

The markets’ mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy food via community-based neighborhood markets as well as educational outreach programs and events. At present it operates the East Atlanta Village, Grant Park and Decatur farmers markets.

Tickets and information: (404) 317-2524 or

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Sunday at 2 p.m. the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta will host its annual free Spring Fling concert at St. John United Methodist Church on Mount Paran Road in Sandy Springs. Donations are welcome.

The program will include a variety of selections by four outstanding musicians: Robert Henry, a locally based internationally distinguished pianist, orchestral soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and artist-in-residence at Kennesaw State University; Josh Holritz, an Athens-based violin soloist who debuted as a 15-year-old with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and has performed around the world; Athens-based Kristen Holritz, the principal flute with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera who has soloed with both the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra; and Atlanta professional lyric soprano Mary Ann Hill, a past Pro-Mozart president and a current Atlanta Opera Guild board member. Hill has performed leading roles in operas and musical theatres across the United States.

Since its founding in the early 1960s by a dozen classical music supporters, the society has fostered the appreciation of classical music through free public concerts and an alliance with Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthplace. Its major project is the sponsorship of an annual competition for an aspiring Georgia musician to receive a scholarship to the prestigious International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Information: (404) 667-4700 or

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Gwinnett County resident Brad Quinlin will share his knowledge about the decisive Battle of Atlanta at the monthly Civil War Round Table of Atlanta dinner meeting Tuesday at the Capital City Club downtown. The battle subject is being spotlighted at the meeting to recognize the 150th anniversary of the capture of Atlanta in 1864. Quinlin has written or co-written five books on the war including ones on the Battle of Chickamauga and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. He is currently working on a book about Gen. William T. Sherman’s Atlanta campaign.

Quinlin is known nationwide for his research identifying unknown soldiers from both sides of the war and has a current project involving unknowns buried in the Marietta National and Confederate cemeteries. He has also been involved with movies about the war, was the lead research advisor on a recent Battle of Atlanta film and has produced a personal film on the Marietta cemeteries.

The nonprofit round table was organized in 1949 with the purpose to encourage serious discussion and study of the war. Art Carey is serving as president.

Reservations and information: (770) 473-1390 or

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Bruce Gamble, an award-winning author and authority on World War II from Pensacola, Fla., will be the keynote speaker at the Atlanta World War II Round Table’s monthly luncheon May 15 at Petite Auberge restaurant on North Druid Hills Road in Sandy Springs.

Raised in Pennsylvania, Gamble served as a Navy flight officer from 1980-88 during the Cold War and was deployed in the Pacific and Indian oceans before serving a tour as an instructor at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. After retirement in 1988, he volunteered at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola and made a leap of faith to become a freelance writer. Publishing his first book in 1998, he now is a respected authority on the war’s Pacific theatre, and shares his knowledge via volunteer public speaking engagements.

The luncheon is open to the public and reservations are not required.

The nonprofit round table’s mission is to review war experiences of members and invited guests and encourage and demonstrate pride in America and its armed forces. Members are dedicated to passing along to future generations the knowledge of the war and what it meant to the preservation of liberty around the world. Lee Weinstein is the commander.

Information: (770) 928-4579 or

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