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Column: GCAPP to honor Gupta at EmPower benefit
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
September 11, 2013 04:49 PM | 3632 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, renowned neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, will receive the first Health Pioneer Award from the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential at the annual fundraising EmPower Party Oct. 3 at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta.

Jane Fonda, legendary film star, author, philanthropist, chairwoman and founder of GCAPP, will attend the patron party Sept. 12 in the Buckhead home of environmental leader and GCAPP supporter Laura Turner Seydel and her husband, Rutherford Seydel.

From war-ravaged Iraq to Kuwait, Gupta has performed life-saving brain surgery in a desert operating room while embedded with a U.S. Navy medical unit. He reported on the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan and the destructive flooding in Pakistan in his weekly television show, “Sanjay Gupta, M.D.” His passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lifestyles led him to launch Fit Nation, CNN’s multiplatform anti-obesity campaign.

The EmPower benefit will include a cocktail reception, a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, live music by Yacht Rock Revue and the Health Pioneer Award presentation with an on-stage conversation between Fonda and Gupta.

Co-chairwomen for the EmPower affair are Alexandra Walter and Ashley Miller. Ginny Brewer and Caroline Tucker are heading the patron committee.

All proceeds will benefit GCAPP programs which have seen teen pregnancy drop by 45 percent since the nonprofit’s inception in 1995. Broadening the focus going forward, GCAPP’s mission will go beyond teen pregnancy prevention. It now includes physical activity, nutrition and healthy relationships to improve overall health and guide the young people of Georgia to take charge of their bodies and their lives ensuring a more powerful future for everyone.

Reservations and information: (404) 475-6046 or visit

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Zoo Atlanta’s annual cocktail event, Jazzoo, has established itself as one of the most fun and memorable charity evenings of the year. This creative benefit is geared toward Atlanta’s vibrant young professional community and, in just five years, attendance has more than doubled.

Don’t miss out on the wildest night of the year. Zoo Atlanta will host the sixth annual Jazzoo benefit Saturday from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

The zoo will serve as an exotic backdrop for 30 of Atlanta’s best restaurants providing food and full open bars all evening. Four stages will offer a variety of live music and entertainment, including Yacht Rock Schooner. A special VIP-area ticket will offer chair massages and premium seating.

Melissa Carter, of All News 106.7 FM, and Katie Beasley, “Good Day Atlanta” transportation reporter for Fox 5, will serve as emcees.

Co-chairs are Jason Heslep and Jenn Fallin with Julia Knox serving as coordinator.

Guests must be 21 and older to attend. Individual and group tickets are available.

This year proceeds will support the zoo’s animal enrichment and conservation programs, which keep life interesting and fun for zoo animals and help sustain life for their counterparts in the wild.

Since 1984 when it became a nonprofit entity in partnership with the city of Atlanta, which owns the land, Zoo Atlanta has earned accreditation as a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and inspires value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family fun. The campus is open daily for keeper talks, interactive wildlife shows, education programs and special events year-round.

Because of limited space, advance reservations are encouraged.

Tickets and information: (404) 624-5836 or visit or

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Retired Air Force 1st Lt. Richard “Dick” Bailey will be the featured speaker for the Atlanta World War II Round Table’s luncheon Sept. 19 at the Petite Auberge restaurant on North Druid Hills Road in DeKalb County.

Bailey’s love of flying as a teenager led him to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a cadet in 1942 in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in European combat during D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge and mustered out with 65 missions in 1945. He will review his wartime experiences and his reservist flying duties at West Point.

Organized in 1986, the nonprofit round table hosts informative luncheon meetings 10 times a year, September through June. Membership includes men and women, retired officers and enlisted personnel from all branches of the military along with family and friends who gather to share and remember.

In addition to the monthly informational luncheons, the members partner with other nonprofits offering services to veterans such as: the Roswell Rotary Honor Air transporting ill veterans to the Washington veterans’ hospitals, Honor Flight Fayetteville that takes heroes to visit the memorial in Washington and a unique round table lending library of books pertaining to history and patriotism.

The public is invited to attend the $15 per-person luncheon; reservations are not required. The 2013 commander is Lee Weinstein and Marilyn Pahr is serving as deputy commander. John Kovach serves as adjutant.

Information: (770) 638-7824 or visit

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Since 2007 the Palm Restaurant in Buckhead has hosted a charity-oriented evening to parallel the local Professional Golf Association competition in Atlanta. This season the Cocktails for the Cup event Sept. 19 benefiting the Atlanta-based Silverton Foundation will coincide with the PGA-sanctioned Tour Championship Sept. 19 through 22 at East Lake Golf Club in DeKalb County.

As the golf world converges on Atlanta, the public is invited to celebrate the competition, meet players and their families and support the nonprofit at the casual pre-tournament event at the Palm.

Silverton’s mortgage, rent and short-term housing programs help families with a severely ill hospitalized child maintain their home and reduce financial and emotional burdens as they focus on getting their child better so they can return home together.

The Palm is coordinating its annual restaurant tie-in with the golfing community and passing along funds to Silverton programs through tickets and a silent auction. Tickets include food and drinks.

Tickets and information: (404) 814-1955 or visit

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School is back in session and the High Museum of Art in Midtown is kicking off its Teen Team programs for 2013. First is a Sept. 20 free Gallery Slam: The Art of Poetry program designed to engage arts-oriented teenagers, from 7 to 9 p.m. for group discussions and art viewing to break the ice and warm up budding poets.

The evening gathering in the Black Box Theater on the third floor of the Woodruff Arts Memorial building on Peachtree Street will focus on current exhibitions while socializing teens are invited to create poetic works reflecting their views in their own words and share with the group.

The Teen Team program was instigated by the High’s education department a few years ago and has soared to great success in attracting and engaging 15- to 18-year-old students in museum-based programs — whether their families hold High memberships or not.

Planned by teens for teens, events are free with high school IDs. Events provide access along with learning and participating opportunities for promising Atlanta artists and connoisseurs from the upcoming teen generation, no matter what their museum affiliation may be.

Attendees take escorted tours of exhibitions, participate in teen poet slams and creative art classes as they relate to the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre’s teen ensemble. There are even teen drop-off areas and MARTA access for the high school-aged museum visitors.

Watch for upcoming Saturday ArtLabs Sept. 28 and Oct. 26 and an Open Studio for Teens Oct. 3.

“Studies show that children exposed to strong arts programs perform higher on standardized tests and are less likely to engage in negative behaviors and truancy [and] more likely to think critically and act creatively,” said Eleanor McDonald Storza, the High’s director of education.

Registration and information: (404) 733-4465 or visit

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Back by popular demand, the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead is presenting an immersive theater-based, back-in-time experience “Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906” by resident playwright Addae Moon Sept. 20 through 23 at the center’s campus on West Paces Ferry Road.

Participants will dive into the past and discover why history matters. Within the museum gallery, visitors move through a series of memory stations with trailblazing African-American editor and journalist J. Max Barber. There, they will actively participate in multiple stories and interact with historic characters who were involved in the frustration and fear near Five Points in 1906. The experience is challenging and provocative, yet stimulating, inspiring and motivating.

Founded in 1926, the nonprofit center is an all-inclusive destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, the 1928 historic Swan House, the 1860 Smith Family Farm, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, 22 acres of historic gardens, the Kenan Research Center, Chick-fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café and the Grand Overlook event space. In addition, the center operates the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown.

Because of limited capacity for the “Four Days of Fury” performances, reservations are required.

Reservations and information: (404) 814-4150 or visit

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