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Column: Dare to Dream gala to benefit those with disabilities
by Sally F. White
February 27, 2013 05:00 PM | 3212 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
The Dare to Dream Silver Edition Gala Saturday at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel near Vinings will have a silver anniversary theme and support the services and programs of enAble of Georgia.

This year’s black-tie-optional event will begin with a reception and silent auction, then progress to dinner and a live auction, then dancing. It offers to extend the celebration with a special $99 overnight rate at the hotel. Volunteer co-chairs are Peggy Farris and Vicki Gordon.

For 25 years, enAble of Georgia has hosted the citywide gala to raise money through auctions and donations to fund its critical services program. This year will also herald the second year for the gala to recognize a Special Education Teacher of the Year, which includes a $2,000 check and a $500 gift card for school supplies. Two Honorable Mention Awards are given, with each winner receiving $350 check and a $250 gift card for school supplies.

Based in Fulton County, the accredited nonprofit provides a wide range of services to hundreds of persons with special needs in metro Atlanta.

“Our dedicated staff and volunteers manage everything for our participants and residents — from good hygiene to healthy meals, from ensuring the right medications to socialization and outings,” enAble CEO Harry Stern said. “Our programs give a sense of stability and help participants lead enriched and fulfilled lives. This 2013 gala will help fund an exciting new initiative to serve high school students and young adults.”

Tickets and information: (770) 664-4347, ext. 106 or visit

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The Sandy Springs Society is gearing up for its annual Tossed Out Treasures sale, one of its major fundraising efforts for the year.

Scheduled for March 22 and 23 at 7200 Roswell Road, the former site of an automobile dealership, volunteer organizers will be manning the site Monday through March 19 for drop-off public donations Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The giant sale will offer almost guilt-free shopping with unbelievable bargains for home décor, household and children’s items, gently used clothing with accessories and jewelry, silver, crystal, sports equipment, gardening and outdoor items, furniture and books plus the return of the “Man Cave” section with items that men will not be able to resist!

“How can an organization give back to those needing help in the Sandy Springs community and, at the same time, offer supporting members shopping bargains? It’s possible when more than 250 dedicated women roll up their sleeves for months to prepare for the extraordinary sale and give all the proceeds to community needs,” 2013 overall chair Joan Plunkett said.

Plunkett’s co-chairs are Anna Bradley, Mary Tolbert Hallman, Betsy Harrington, Carol Anne Hendrix and Kathryn Loia. An Italian Café preview party March 21 with an Italian-flavor buffet and beverages will give savvy attendees the first chance at bargains.

New member inductees Melissa Patterson and Kathy Seabolt are co-chairing the preview party. The society is the largest philanthropic organization in the city of Sandy Springs addressing the needs of children, the elderly, the environment, social services and arts while preserving the community heritage through a nonprofit grant process.

Preview tickets and information: (404) 218-8140 (information only) or visit

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A two-day public indoor Spring into Green Market will be hosted by Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, March 8 and 9 in its Fellowship Hall.

This first-fun shopping event will feature 40 local fashion, beauty, home, garden and cuisine companies and their products to celebrate the church’s green initiatives. Market items will include wearable fashion, jewelry, home décor, green garden selections, skin care and makeup, plus a wide variety of foods. Participating companies produce and sell eco-friendly, sustainable or locally made products.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 8 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and is free and open to the public. Shoppers will enjoy a complimentary reusable shopping bag from Publix, great deals on spring must-have items and gifts, product samples and the chance to win a $200 package from Natural Body Spa.

The church endeavors to be a flagship in all areas and, in response to the growing awareness of how human behavior can negatively impact the earth, has embraced the green initiative as part of its Creation Care Ministry.

Information: (404) 240-8248 or visit or

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The Atlanta Preservation Center is presenting its annual Phoenix Flies citywide celebration of living landmarks March 9 through 24.

The 2013 unique 10th anniversary celebration of Atlanta’s historic assets will present more than 200 free events during the 16-day run. This year’s series will include walking tours, guided tours, bicycle tours, performances and exhibits at more than 80 sites significant to the city’s historic and cultural fabric. Several of the events will spotlight Buckhead-area sites.

The 2013 celebration series will feature both repeat and new Preservation Partners. The center is the coordinating host for 70 organizations and sites. Participating preservation organizations are known as Preservation Partners.

Some of the significant returning partners are: the Atlanta History Center, the Cherokee Garden Library and Kenan Research Center, the Cathedral of St. Philip and the Buckhead Heritage Society, all in Buckhead. New partners include: the Atlanta International School in Buckhead and Black Mecca of the South Tours.

This 10th anniversary will also introduce an official tour of the center’s home, the restored 1856 L.P. Grant Mansion on St. Paul Avenue in Grant Park, and it has commissioned a major photography project. Once considered Atlanta’s most endangered historic building, the Grant home was purchased by the center in 2001 and has undergone extensive stabilization and reconstruction.

The Drawing Room Gallery will host an exhibition for the anniversary Phoenix Flies event. Photographic images will also be on its website and in a book to mark the 2013 Phoenix Flies.

Why call it the “Phoenix?” The phoenix is the mythical bird that consumed itself by fire and rose renewed from the ashes as Atlanta did after the Civil War. It has been a symbol of the city of Atlanta and featured on its official seal since 1887.

The mission of the citywide nonprofit center is to promote the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy. It strives to be a part of saving, shaping and celebrating Atlanta’s historic-built environment.

Event schedules and information: (404) 688-3353, ext. 15 or visit

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The public is invited to witness the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta’s final round competition for the annual scholarships to the famed Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthplace.

The event will take place March 10 at 2 p.m. at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church on Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs. The program will present seven Georgia residents and university students in competition for two scholarships of $4,000 each to study this summer at the academy.

Finalists include five pianists — Emory University junior Hao Feng, University of Georgia junior Mark Hadden, University of Georgia master’s degree candidate Robert Hjelmstad, University of West Georgia bachelor’s degree holder Manuel Vizurraga and Valdosta State University senior Tyler Walker — and two vocalists — Georgia State University junior Carolyn Dorothy Balkovetz; and Centre College bachelor’s degree holder Elizabeth McConnaughey. The seven will present their repertoire before a panel of Georgia judges and the live public audience.

The distinguished panel of judges is: Fyodor Cherniavsky, conductor-music director of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra; W. Dwight Coleman, director of the Georgia State University School of Music; Mary Ann Hill-Meehan, a past society president and current Oglethorpe University affiliate artist; Brent Runnels, an Oglethorpe University music lecturer; and Soohyun Yun, assistant professor of piano at Kennesaw State University.

Founded in 1964 by 12 classical music enthusiasts, the nonprofit society’s Atlanta chapter fosters the appreciation of classical music with free community concerts and for 49 years has instituted an annual competition for aspiring Georgia musicians to receive scholarships to the academy.

Herb Buffington is the 2013 president.

Information: (678) 488-3591 or visit

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