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Column: Humane society to host Doggies on the Catwalk
by Sally F. White
Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
May 14, 2014 02:41 PM | 5145 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
Fashionable celebrities will be paired with adoptable canines Friday for the seventh annual Doggies on the Catwalk event at Peachtree DeKalb Airport’s Atlantic Aviation hanger to benefit the Atlanta Humane Society.

Founded by Vincent Martinez, this year’s stylish benefit is staged by Sean O’Keef Events in an expanded venue with a cocktail party followed by a runway parade of celebrities wearing fashions from Tootsie’s and escorting adoptable dogs from the society.

Local media personalities Bert Weiss and Monica Kaufman will serve as the emcees, and sWAG Bags will be offered with VIP tickets. An auction and games will add to the fundraising effort.

The society is the oldest private nonprofit animal welfare organization in Atlanta and one of the oldest humane agencies in America. Services are provided at two locations: Howell Mill Road in northwest Atlanta and Mansell Road in Alpharetta. The mission is to prevent neglect, abuse and exploitation of animals with programs including adoptions, a veterinary clinic, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, emergency animal rescue, foster care and animal obedience classes. The services and programs are supported solely by private donations — the society does not receive funding from government or national organizations.

Tickets and information: (404) 974-2828 or

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The ninth annual signature A Night in Blue gala dinner hosted by the Atlanta Police Foundation is set for Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel downtown.

Guests will enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing and live music by Bogey & The Viceroy with silent and live auctions to enhance the fundraising aspects.

The honorary chairs are Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Sylvia and Herman Russell. Kristen and Duncan Gibbs are serving as the event co-chairs.

This year’s benefit will support the nonprofit foundation’s programs including Crime Stoppers, officer training, recruitment, education and the overall safety of the city.

Proceeds from the auctions will go directly toward Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta, a foundation program providing an avenue for citizens to report criminal activity safely and anonymously and offering incentives for information leading to arrests and indictments. The non-auction revenue will support other foundation programs that partner with citizens and the business community to fight and prevent crime in metro Atlanta.

Tickets and information: (404) 586-0180 or

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The American Heart Association Southeast Affiliate’s Go Red Wellness Expo luncheon Tuesday at the St. Regis on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead will raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke as it financially supports the regional chapter’s programs.

Pre-luncheon health screening, cooking and fitness demos coordinated by health professionals will encourage female guests to take charge of their lives, to live a healthy lifestyle and get tested for early detection of cardiovascular diseases.

The seated luncheon will feature dynamic speakers focused on women’s health and the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease.

Attendees are encouraged to be a part of the “Circle of Red” and wear red to signal friends, guests and the community to join in the fight. Statistics show heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined and only 57 percent of women know their personal risk of cardiovascular disease.

The association’s annual Go Red benefit luncheons across the country are aimed at women to bring a preventive voice to the silent killer. The mission is to spread the word to make the right choices and take action to prevent and treat deadly cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Tickets and information: (678) 224-2065 or

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In honor of Memorial Day, the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead will host the Military Timeline May 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. its campus on West Paces Ferry Road.

One of the center’s annual family programs, the colorful encampment-style event will honor U.S. veterans of generations past and of today. Visitors will spend the day traveling the military timeline from the American Revolution to current conflicts as they meet veterans who will share personal stories of war along with memorabilia.

Author Alvin Townley will discuss his fourth military-themed book, “Defiant,” at 2 p.m. in the Kennedy Theater, revealing the untold story of POWs in Vietnam.

Self–guided tours of the new Veterans Park at the corner of West Paces Ferry and Slaton Drive will include access to smartphone recordings of stories shared by veterans in their own voices to bring an up-to-date perspective to the event.

Re-enactors representing veterans from the American Revolution to modern conflicts will be in the outdoor Smith Family Farm area to give the event a real-life perspective.

Additional activities will include interaction with living history interpreters, a Civil War encampment, a military vehicle display, guest speakers, exhibitions and even kid-friendly activities along with opportunities for guests to share and record their stories by appointment with StoryCorps members.

Visitors with military ID are admitted free. Partial funding for the program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, and Wal-Mart.

Founded in 1926, the center is an all-inclusive, 33-acre destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, two historic houses (the circa 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Smith Family Farm), the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the Kenan Research Center, the Grand Overlook event space, Chick-fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café, a museum shop and 22 acres of historic gardens with paths and the child-friendly Connor Brown Discovery Trail.

Tickets and information: (404) 814-4000 or

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Also to commemorate Memorial Day, a consortium of veterans organizations led by the Atlanta World War II Round Table will host a free Meet Our Veterans Day May 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Concourse Athletic Club on Concourse Parkway in Sandy Springs.

The round table is partnering with the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, the Korean War Veterans’ Gen. Raymond Davis Chapter 19, the U.S.O. and other military-oriented organizations for the event to honor those who have served our country. The colorful salute will showcase 50 participating exhibitors as they present military books, personal memorabilia and accoutrements from different military branches. Participating veterans will be identified by name and branch of service and will interact with visitors to tell their stories.

After opening with the presenting of the colors and a salute to the flag, the event will continue as two military notables will speak to recognize WWII veterans: retired Maj. Gen. James Livingston, a Marines Medal of Honor recipient, and retired Army Master Sgt. Carl Beck, a D-Day and Operation Market Garden paratrooper. Vietnam War veteran Jerry Colley and retired Col. Brent Bracewell are serving as its co-chairs.

The round table is a nonprofit with the mission to encourage and demonstrate pride in our country and its armed forces, and to pass on to posterity knowledge of WWII and the price paid by our nation to preserve liberty in America and the world.

Members coordinating the 2014 event hope to make it an annual Memorial Day weekend tribute to U.S. military personnel.

Information: (770) 289-2271 or

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