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Heart & Soul: Conservancy to host Chastain Park fundraiser
by Caroline Young
cyoung@neighbornewspapers.com
September 26, 2012 01:43 PM | 2653 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Chastain Park Conservancy upcoming board chair Matt Otten and Director of Development Rosa McHugh are gearing up for the eighth annual On A Green Night, their largest fundraiser of the year.
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Guests of the Chastain Park Conservancy’s eighth annual On A Green Night will wine and dine, groove to live jazz music and bid on a Mercedes Benz and vacations.

Themed “Heart and Soul,” this year’s fundraiser at the north Buckhead park will boast live music from the jazz band Mojo dojo and Scott Glazer, a lifetime Buckhead resident, said Rosa McHugh, the conservancy’s director of development.

Most of the festivities of the evening will be held on the park’s amphitheater stage, including live and silent auctions, a large open area for dancing and artists from the Chastain Art Center making pottery and paintings.

“People can feel like a rock star dancing on the stage,” McHugh said.

Jason Flake of Flake Productions will be the emcee of this year’s event, she said, and Helaine Sugarman, of Buckhead, is the event chair.

Additionally, the conservancy will provide a Taste of Chastain, with plenty of food from more than 12 area restaurants, like Atlanta Fish Market, The Big Ketch, Horseradish Grill, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Twisted Taco and Kaleidoscope.

5 Seasons Brewing Co. will host beer tastings, and a full bar also will be available to guests.

McHugh said the fundraiser is the conservancy’s largest one of the year, and expects about 400 guests.

In general, the fundraiser is to support its mission, which in short, is to “restore, enhance, maintain and preserve” the park, she said.

Specifically, the conservancy board’s incoming chair, Matt Otten, said the board was hoping to raise more than $70,000 with all proceeds going back to the conservancy, and there are three primary purposes.

“The first purpose is the Walk Chastain Initiative, which is a safety initiative to widen sidewalks on Powers Ferry to protect pedestrians since cars travel so fast,” Otten said. “The second is Play Chastain, the regional playground initiative, and third is to fund the staff that organizes all the volunteer hours. We organize just over 12,000 volunteer hours per year.”

McHugh said the conservancy staff and board also want to celebrate the people of the Chastain Park neighborhoods and all who visit the park, and to thank local businesses.

“What’s good for the park is good for the neighborhood,” she said.

And Otten said he sees it as a time to reconnect with neighbors and people who are passionate about the park.

“And to have a good time,” he said. “How often do you get to party on the stage at the amphitheater like the rock stars that come through?”

If you go

o What: Chastain Park Conservancy’s On A Green Night fundraiser

o When: Oct. 4 from 7 to 11 p.m.

o Where: Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive, Buckhead

o Tickets: $100 per person

o Information: www.ChastainParkConservancy.org
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