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Column: Jeffrey Fashion Cares benefit celebrating 22 years
by Sally F. White
August 20, 2014 03:15 PM | 3816 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
The 22nd anniversary of the Jeffrey Fashion Cares extravaganza is set for Monday night. Dedicated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund, the 2014 runway presentation will be staged at the American Cancer Society Center on Williams Street in downtown Atlanta.

The event was created in 1992 by Jeffrey Kalinsky, fashion arbitrator and creator of two namesake boutiques in Atlanta and Manhattan. It will kick off the Atlanta fall social season and support programs helping those with breast cancer and AIDS. The evening runway presentation of forward fashion continues to bring capacity audiences together for the causes.

This year the theme of “Prevention in Pairs” calls attention to the mission to raise awareness and funds for the two charities and also recognizes dedicated caretakers.

 “It always takes two to move through difficult illnesses like AIDS or breast cancer, so we are using our theme to help recognize our beneficiaries,” said Lila Hertz, who is co-chairing the 2014 event with Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams.

A pre-show cocktail reception and silent auction will let fashionistas mix and mingle before the catwalk previews the fall with high-end designs such as Lanvin, Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. A live runway auction will add to the funding aspects.

Early reserved seating is available.

Tickets and information: (404) 420-2997 or  

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The call is out this week for Atlanta Boy Choir auditions, taking place now through Oct. 25.

The Grammy Award-winning choir, headquartered on South Ponce De Leon Avenue in Druid Hills, is marking its 57th season as it recruits talented boys ages 6 through 13 with unchanged voices to join its three separate choirs.

The auditions are easy. Any boy who can sing on pitch and has a pleasant voice is invited to take part. No previous musical training is required and parents are invited to contact the choir for appointments to evaluate and join the prestigious choir.

Formed under Fletcher Wolfe’s direction, the choir was incorporated in 1959 and has developed into one of Atlanta’s premier arts organizations. In that time the choir has sung in Atlanta and around the world in prestigious concert halls, cathedrals and other impressive venues including international music festivals.

It has appeared in concert for heads of state and represented Georgia and the U.S. as ambassadors of culture and goodwill and been honored by international officials, presidents and popes.

The current choir recently returned from performing in Poland and the Czech Republic, where it participated in the honoring of Pope John Paul II being elevated to sainthood.

More than 8,000 boys have passed through the choir on their way to manhood. Some became opera stars, award-winning actors, television producers, composers and vocalists while enriching their lives by developing their musical talents.

Choir Administrator Neil Cardwell invites parents to register their talented male youngsters for the auditions so they may “find their voices” and join other hopeful boy vocalists as they study and perform with the renowned choir.

Registration and information: (404) 378-0064 or

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Two distinctive upcoming outdoor guided tours of Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood will reveal and examine connections of the historical burial sites to special ethnic groups with diverse funerary tributes. The evening tours are hosted by volunteers from the Historic Oakland Foundation at the 48-acre burial grounds.

Sunday’s tour will trace the Jewish grounds of Oakland and identify the patterns of assimilation and persistence which surfaced as waves of Jewish immigrants entered and adapted to the culture of Victorian America. In 1860 Atlanta was home to about 50 Jewish residents. The Hebrew Benevolent Society purchased a burial plot in the cemetery’s original six acres in 1892 and added larger plots for the newly formed synagogue, Ahavath Achim. Knowledgeable guides will share the Jewish community’s history, notable citizens, burial customs and symbolism.

Famous Jewish residents buried there include Morris and Emanuel Rich, founders of the Rich’s department stores; Joseph Jacobs, owner of a downtown pharmacy where Coca-Cola was first served; and Jacob Elsas, owner of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill in Cabbagetown.

Aug. 30, special guides will relate the history of Atlanta’s African-American interments in the renowned cemetery. Selected areas and individual sites will be recognized as the permanent resting grounds for history-making African-American citizens such as Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, Morris Brown College founder Wesley John Gaines, pioneer real estate broker Antoine Graves, National Parent Teacher Association co-founder Selena Sloan Butler and Carrie Steele Logan, who established the first black orphanage in Atlanta.

All proceeds from the unique tours benefit the nonprofit foundation in partnership with the city of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance and share the 1850 Victorian cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource of tranquility in the heart of the city.

There are 70,000 interred in the cemetery including authors, mayors and governors and celebrities, plus unmarked graves and Confederate and Union soldiers.

Information: (404) 688-2107 or

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The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences in Rabun Gap is celebrating its 80th anniversary Aug. 28 with a party at the historic home of Judy and Ed Garland in Buckhead.

Nestled on 600 pristine acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the center is an artist’s sanctuary for reflection and creativity. The quiet property includes 7 miles of hiking trails among meadows, streams, native plants and a cove forest.

The summer buffet supper and open bar will step back in time to 1934 for Prohibition Punch as guests reminiscence about the colorful history of the iconic retreat and its continuing impact on creative artists across the nation. Attendees are invited to dress in Bonnie and Clyde vintage outfits.

There will be musical entertainment, a silent auction and tributes to founder Mary Crovatt Hambidge and benefactor and patron Lucinda W. Bunnen. The co-chairs are Linda Benefield and Vickie Nixon.

As one of the first artist communities in the U.S., the center has a distinguished and colorful history of supporting individual artists in a residency program.

Mary Hambidge was born in 1885 and grew up in Brunswick. She migrated to New York in 1905 to start her artistic journey through vaudeville, modeling and singing. She married noted artist, author and designer Jay Hambidge and they moved to north Georgia, where they acquired the bucolic Hambidge property and established a creative weaving, arts and crafts following.

When Jay died in 1924, Mary continued at the location and founded the nonprofit Hambidge retreat in 1934 as an enclave and sustainable farm project with the mission that creativity — for artists of all classifications — can best be nurtured through working closely with nature.

She broadened the center’s scope by inviting artists for extended stays. Since her death in 1973, it has evolved into a formal competitive residency program open to creative individuals from all walks of life.

Funds from the 80th anniversary celebration will go toward fellowship programs and maintenance of the facilities.

Tickets and information: (706) 746-7324 or

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The Museum of Design Atlanta on Peachtree Street in Midtown will honor John C. Portman Jr. at its 25th anniversary benefit Sept. 4.

To celebrate its milestone anniversary, the museum has chosen 25 of its favorite Atlanta design projects made in the past 25 years. Leading up to the event, residents can vote for their favorite project online at The winners will be announced at the party.

Portman, an internationally renowned local architect, is the founder and chairman of John Portman & Associates. He has received numerous architectural honors for his innovative designs including the Exceptional Achievement Award in 1986 from his alma mater, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the National American Institute of Architects Medal in 1978 for his innovations in hotel design. Additionally, six major books feature Portman’s work.

The museum is recognizing Portman’s impact on his hometown Atlanta, where the 14-block Peachtree Center complex attests to his commitment to the business district that includes many of his landmark projects. He is recognized throughout the world for his innovative design and urban mixed-use complexes where his understanding of people and their response to space translates into enhanced environments and award-winning architecture.

The elegant evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music by the CoResonance String Quartet and a reception with top Atlanta artists, architects and civic leaders. Proceeds support the museum’s vision of a world that celebrates design as a creative force to inspire changes, transform lives and make the world a better place.

The facility was founded as the Atlanta International Museum of Art and Design, located downtown, in 1989 with the support of the founding sponsors: the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs and The Portman Companies. Its early exhibitions and educational programs focused on contributions to the arts and culture in Atlanta. In 2004 the facility changed its name to the Museum of Design Atlanta to reflect the fact that design was the common thread in the nonprofit’s success. It moved to its present home in the Midtown Arts Corridor three years ago.

It is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. It is dedicated to advancing the understanding and appreciation of design as the convergence of creativity and functionality through exhibitions, education and programming.

Tickets and information: (404) 979-6455 or

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