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Column: Sandy Springs Police Benevolent Fund to host benefit
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
August 28, 2013 10:12 AM | 3530 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
The rollicking black-tie Casino Royale benefit Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Cox Enterprises headquarters building on Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs will support the Sandy Springs Police Benevolent Fund.

Food, casino games, music, cocktails, raffles, a live auction and much more will entertain guests as they participate in the annual fundraiser supporting the city’s dedicated public servants.

The $100 ticket price includes dinner, two drink vouchers, $25,000 in gaming chips and plenty of excitement!

All proceeds will enhance the fund.

It was founded in 2010 by Sandy Springs Director of Public Safety Terry Sult and his wife Rhonda to foster and enhance the quality of life for members of the new city of Sandy Springs police and fire departments and other public safety organizations. The fund’s motto is: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for others.”

The fund is dedicated to helping Sandy Springs public safety personnel and their families in times of crisis.    

Tickets and information: (770) 551-6910 or visit

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The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children is hosting its second Tumor Trooper Run/Walk Sept.7 at the Mansell Crossing Shopping Center on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta. The event was called the William’s Walk and Run from 1999 to 2010.

The fun-filled morning will include a 5-kilometer run and a 1-mile walk. It is family oriented and, since the benefiting nonprofit foundation is headquartered in Sandy Springs, the invitation to participate is reaching out to folks from Buckhead, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven to join in the invigorating Alpharetta good-deed races.

The morning activities will begin at registration between 6:15 and 7:45 a.m. The walk starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K at 8 a.m.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go directly to the foundation to provide financial assistance, social support and information for families of children with brain and spinal-cord tumors and to fund research projects that improve treatment and a search for a cure.

Tickets and information: (404) 252- 4107 or visit

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The inaugural, high-stepping benefit titled Wine Women & Shoes will take place Sept. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead to support the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute in Sandy Springs.

More than 300 wine savvy, shoe-loving women are invited to sip varietals from top Napa Valley winemakers and enjoy culinary indulgencies. Guests will match up high-fashion shoes with wines — strappy stilettos to sauvignon blanc and pinot to platforms — as they shop the latest trends in a multi-designer marketplace and swoon over the charming Shoe Guys serving this season’s must-have creations on silver platters.

There will be a Best In Shoe audience competition in several categories including Sexy Stiletto, Wonder Wedge, Posh Platform and Embellishment Extraordinaire. Winners will be invited to stroll on the catwalk for special gifts and a photo opportunity.

Buckhead retailers Tootsie’s and Guffey’s will show the latest fashion trends in accessories for men and women and Catwalk Productions’ Randi Layne will close the show with a haute couture lineup of local designers who have a personal passion for cancer research: Isaac Spry, Colin Turner, Tian Justman, Joseph Plata, Marian Collier, Tim Parks, Toney Powell, Shanelle Evans, Dona Adrian Gibson, David Ojeda and Sonique Stephens.

The honorary chairman for the first-time event is Dr. Benedict Benigno, a world-renowned gynecologic oncologist and author of “The Ultimate Guide to Ovarian Cancer.”

Martha Jo Katz is serving as the volunteer chairwoman and coordinator for the affair.

Advance tickets are requested for limited reservation spaces, cost $100 and are 100 percent tax deductible.

Northside Hospital Healthcare System is an 822-bed, nonprofit source with more than 80 locations across metro Atlanta providing a lifetime of care to the community for more than 40 years.

The affiliated Northside Hospital Foundation is dedicated to its hospital and the communities it serves. Funds from the fashionable shoe event will be dedicated to research of ovarian and other gynecological cancers diagnosed and treated at the institute.

Information and tickets: (770) 667-4047 or visit

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The 101 Concepts Restaurant Group will host a tasty Cocktail Gala Sept. 10 at its Food 101 location on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs to benefit Camp Twin Lakes programs for Georgia children with illnesses and disabilities.

Specialty food and wine tastings will be presented by Linda Harrell, executive chef at the neighbor-partner Cibo e Beve Italian restaurant, and Justin Keith, executive chef at Food 101 featuring Southern cuisine. Complimentary wines will be paired by Robert Mondavi Napa Valley vintners.

The socializing evening includes live entertainment and a raffle as it raises awareness and support for the unique camp’s children’s programs.

“Public awareness as well as funds are important to our Camp Twin Lakes programs,” Director of Development Jessie Rosenberg said. “Owner-partner Steve Buero along with … Harrell are bringing our story to the Atlanta community with this very ‘tasteful’ fundraiser.”

Prior to the camp’s opening in 1993, special-needs children’s groups in Georgia lacked adequate facilities to hold outdoor programs. Today, it partners with more than 60 different nonprofits to provide high-quality, fully accessible recreational activities in medically supportive environments for youngsters with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges.

During the camp’s 20 years, programs have been customized for each group of campers to provide life-changing, weeklong summer experiences for Georgia’s special children. Also year-round weekend retreats have been added at three fully accessible and medically supportive campsites offering hospital-based Camp-To-Go programs. The customized agendas teach campers to overcome obstacles and grow in their confidence and capabilities.     

Since its inception, the camp has welcomed more than 50,000 children and volunteers as they head to the dedicated Georgia sites: Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Camp Will-A-Way in Winder and Camp Dream in Warm Springs.

Tickets and information: (404) 219-8193 or visit or

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High school and middle school students and adults from across Atlanta metro counties are invited to participate in the Carolyn Young Mentor Walk on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus in Midtown Sept. 14. The event will start with a registration breakfast at 7:45 a.m., followed by the walk around the campus at 9 a.m., coaching sessions at 10:30 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

The inspirational walk is organized by the Campus Community Partnership Foundation with Georgia Tech students and staff as hosts and volunteers from Accenture, a global management consulting technology services and outsourcing company, collaborating in the coaching sessions.

“It is critical that we create excitement in younger students about education,” said Kashi Sehgal, the walk’s program director. “We do this by exposing them to a college campus where they can interact with near peer college students in a fun environment and get inspired to stay in school and continue on their educational pathways.”

The walk program is named after longtime Atlanta educator Carolyn Young, wife of foundation board member and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young.

Public school districts are invited to send students. Parents are encouraged to sign on and take part. Participating students and younger siblings are admitted free, and parents and guardians will pay a $25 fee. Everyone must register. All participants receive a free T-shirt, breakfast and lunch. Students also will receive a backpack.

“Georgia Tech is proud to partner with business and community leaders to support the Mentor Walk and host the event on our campus,” Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson said. “Part of our responsibility as an institution is to introduce young people to the exciting possibilities of continuing their education in order to help them reach their full potential, while creating a more educated workforce in Georgia.”

Established 14 years ago by Sue Seghal, Ph.D., the nonprofit foundation was inspired by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn to promote the best examples of learning partnership programs in universities and colleges that benefit the community and students by preventing dropouts and promoting staying in school to acquire skills and knowledge needed for social responsibility — to become better workers and citizens.

Registration and information: (404) 719-4363 or visit or

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