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Column: Jingle Bell Run/Walk supports Arthritis Foundation
by Sally F. White
November 28, 2012 10:19 AM | 3277 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
The giving spirit of the holidays will be exemplified Saturday at the annual-Atlanta area Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis hosted by the Arthritis Foundation at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville.

Local participants of all ages and abilities will don holiday-themed costumes and move their feet to the musical jingle bells on their shoelaces as they run or walk the 5-kilometer route in celebration of the season and support of the foundation’s mission.

Since it was founded in 1948, the nonprofit has experienced steady growth and has made great strides in the treatment of the several forms of arthritis. It is the only national, voluntary health agency seeking the causes, cures, preventions and treatments for the more than 100 forms of arthritis. It provides local community-based programs to advocate for arthritis patients nationally and regionally.

The national foundation has been a tremendous sponsor of research and has spent $400 million in the last 60 years to support more than 2,000 scientists and physicians in arthritis research. The Jingle Bell events across the country inspire friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to join a team and come together to fight arthritis by raising funds to support vital arthritis research and education programs.

Registration and information: (678) 237-4458 or visit

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A holiday gift-oriented auction Sunday at Mason Murer Fine Art in south Buckhead will support the scholarship fund at Atlanta Youth Academy in southeast Atlanta.

Ticketed participants will enjoy live jazz, light refreshments and a wide variety of gift-worthy silent auction items from fine art by local artists, jewelry, vacation-home stays, sporting and theater event tickets to restaurant and spa gift certificates plus a separate raffle opportunity.

Atlanta Youth Academy Foundation board members Molly Plyler and Sivan Hines are serving as co-chairs of the event. Funds from the auction will support scholarships at the independent school for inner-city children.

The academy’s core mission is to provide quality, Christian education for the urban poor, giving children the necessary stepping stones for future educational and individual success. Established in the old blacksmith shop on the Urban Ministries Campus in 1997, it outgrew its original location on Glenwood Avenue and is now located on an enlarged campus on Forrest Park Road.

The school prides itself on an educational philosophy that combines personal attention with vital curriculum. The limited 15-students-per-class size and an 11-month school year from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade prepare students to graduate to top day and boarding schools in metro Atlanta and around the country.

“Without our school, the majority of our students would not have access to a quality education,” President Peter Rooney said. “We abide by high academic and moral standards and create life-changing opportunities for all our students. But, we would not exist without the support of generous donors to our nonprofit Atlanta Youth Academy Foundation and events like this auction to ensure financial support.”

Tickets and information: (404) 924-2682 or visit

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Santa Claus’ warm-hearted helpers are gathering Dec. 6 at Cherokee Town Club in Buckhead for the annual Santa for Seniors luncheon.

Guests will bring unwrapped, new gifts, which will be donated to Meals on Wheels Atlanta for Christmas Eve delivery to homebound seniors.Suggested senior-friendly items such as magnifying glasses, neck pillows, throws, slip-resistant slippers, flashlights, big-print books and personal hygiene products will be individually gift wrapped for delivery.

“This annual giving event exemplifies the spirit of the season,” co-host and longtime volunteer Jill Berry said. “Senior citizens are probably the loneliest and least considered people. A little gift makes them smile like the days when they were young and Santa Claus came to see them.”

Other co-hosts are Dottie Smith and Jade Sykes Slover.

Gift wrap chair Gailen Rosenberg is scheduling Dec. 18 as a day for volunteers to wrap the individualized gifts.

Since 1965 the nonprofit Meals on Wheels Atlanta community-based organization has provided services supporting senior independence through meals, shelter, education and community. Its programs include Meals on Wheels, Home Repair Services, Vivian T. Minor Adult Day Care for Alzheimer’s disease/dementia patients and Fulton County Neighborhood Senior Centers.

Tickets and information: (404) 605-8450 or visit

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A holiday décor house tour Dec. 6 hosted by the Peachtree Garden Club will open three distinctive Buckhead private residences showcasing a variety of architectural styles, interior designs and inspiring holiday decorations. The ticketed Christmas Home Tour runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

First, in the heart of Buckhead, is a Virginia Tidewater-style house originally designed by James Mean and renovated and expanded by Norman Askins and Michelle Moody. It has reclaimed bricks, floors and a slate roof, giving it a feeling of historic age.The second home is a majestic Greek Revival home originally designed by Clem Ford. Karen Menge of Pulliam Morris Interiors designed the interior with several authentic details enhanced by French accents, influenced by the owner’s memories of living in France, Louisiana and South Carolina.

The third is a French-style house designed by Summerour and Associates in 2001. It is an excellent example of site planning in a historic neighborhood and showcases work of Atlanta’s finest artisans.

This year’s tour will honor Olive Robinson, a mentor to the club and community through her knowledge of horticulture and garden design. Vickie Dorsey, Debbie Hudson and Barbara Slick are sharing co-chair duties. Elizabeth Martin is the club president.

The Christmas Home Tour tradition began in 1949. The club was founded in 1923 in the Northside-Buckhead neighborhoods and is a member of the Garden Club of America with more than 100 active Atlanta members who support a variety of local horticulture and conservation projects.

All proceeds from the 2012 tour will go to the club’s community fund, which provides financial support to programs such as: the Neel Reid Scholarship at the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design in Athens, the Swan Woods Trail at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Piedmont Park Conservancy in Midtown, the Southeastern Horticulture Society in northwest Atlanta and Trees Atlanta near downtown Atlanta.

Home tour tickets are available at Boxwoods, Gramercy Fine Linens and Furnishings, Glyn Weakley Interiors and Willow Green.

Tickets and information: (404) 351-5919 or visit

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Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers will transform the historic Callanwolde mansion in DeKalb County into a breathtaking holiday setting for Christmas at Callanwolde Dec. 7 through 18. The historic estate décor will capture the spirit of the season and inspire visitors to create their own holiday traditions.

Daily ticketed visits will showcase the seasonal décor with background music played by skilled organists on the historic Aeolian pipe organ. Added to the inspirational surroundings will be displays of unique works of fine art and crafts for sale from Charming ARTifacts (the Callanwolde artists’ sale), along with access to the Callan Café for beverages, desserts and snacks.

A series of additional “reservation” fundraising events in the Callanwolde setting will include: the Premiere Party Dec. 6; Saturday morning breakfast with Santa Dec. 8 and 15; Sunday Teddy Bear Tea in the courtyard Dec. 9 and 16 and extended hours for Friday evening Cabarets Dec. 7 and 14 with live performances by vocalists Marsha DuPree and Libby Whittemore.

The magnificent Gothic-Tudor mansion on 12.5 acres in the Druid Hills neighborhood was built in 1920 as the home of Charles Howard Candler, eldest son of Coca-Cola Co. founder Asa Candler. The 27,000-square-foot mansion and grounds were donated to Emory University by the Candler heirs in 1959 and later sold to various owners.

As the mansion deteriorated, the county partnered with the nonprofit Callanwolde Foundation in 1972 to rescue the property from destruction and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1983 the foundation accepted responsibility for the operation of the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center as an arts center and hub of cultural activity in the Atlanta area with the county continuing to maintain the house and grounds.

Funds raised by the annual Christmas décor and sale showcase benefit the arts center and the preservation of the architectural landmark.

Reservations and information: (404) 872-5338 or visit

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The annual Captain Planet Foundation annual benefit gala Dec. 7 at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta will put out a green carpet for an exceptional guest list of civic leaders, entertainment celebrities and movers-and-shakers in the environmental stewardship movement.

Media mogul Ted Turner leads the parade with honored guests. Environmentalist Richard Branson will receive the Superhero for Earth Award, and former President Jimmy Carter will take home the Exemplar Award. The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America will get the Green School Award, with Patrice Maynard, leader of outreach and development, accepting on its behalf.

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Alison Krauss will perform.

Guests will mingle with high-profile leaders as they enjoy musical entertainment, bid on stellar live and silent auction items featuring one-of-a-kind trips and eco-luxury experiences, enjoy premium cocktails and a fabulous dinner by Wolfgang Puck — plus a few surprise appearances from aquatic friends!

Laura Turner Seydel and Elizabeth DuPree Lynch are serving as co-chairs for the 2012 event.

Based on the critically acclaimed cartoon series, “Captain Planet and the Planeteers,” the nonprofit foundation was co-founded in 1991 by Turner and Barbara Pyle.

Its mission is to bring together public agencies, nonprofits, corporations and other foundations to develop young environmental stewards through high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate the world through learning experiences, engaging them in active, hands-on projects helps to improve the environment, schools and communities.

All funds from the annual gala go to this ongoing worldwide mission to make a global impact by empowering kids to take care of their planet.g

Tickets and information: (404) 522-4215 or visit

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