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Column: Event to benefit Quality Care for Children
by Sally F. White
Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
April 16, 2014 12:18 PM | 5367 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
A Latin-themed El Dia de Los Niños cocktail benefit April 24 will celebrate and support Quality Care for Children at Ventanas’ indoor-outdoor rooftop space on Baker Street overlooking Centennial Olympic Park downtown.

Taking its inspiration from the nationally recognized day which began in Mexico in 1925 as a day to celebrate all children, the casually elegant evening will offer guests entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails, a silent auction and the popular Wall of Wine selections.

Quality Care for Children is the nonprofit resource for parents, child care providers and community leaders in Georgia seeking information, assistance and support in securing high-quality early learning experiences for infants and young children, regardless of race or economic background.

Funds from the springtime event will support its summer food program, which provides nutritious meals and snacks for Georgia’s most vulnerable young ones who might not otherwise have access to healthy, sustaining food during summer vacation months away from school.

Tickets and information: (404) 479-4205 or

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Celebrating 30 years of Dining Out fundraising efforts, the March of Dimes has recruited 50 metro Atlanta restaurants to participate in this year’s table-of-10 evening reservations May 2 to support the “every baby born healthy” goal.

Big-hearted diners will reserve their four-course dinners and wine pairings knowing their largess will support the programs to ensure healthy babies.

Kevin Rathbun, who owns four restaurants including the new KR SteakBar in Buckhead, is serving as honorary chef for the benefit. The event co-chairs are Betsy Camp and Ally May.

A patron party for those who purchase tables in advance will be held April 24 at the home of Forrest Leef and Dr. Dorothy Mitchell-Leef in Sandy Springs.

The March of Dimes is one of the most productive and successful nonprofits in the U.S. It was established in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt, whose personal struggle with polio led him to create the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at a time when polio was on the rise.

Better known as the March of Dimes from the signature fundraising walks with dime donations, the foundation established a polio patient aid program and funded research for vaccines developed by Drs. Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin. These vaccines effectively ended epidemic polio in America.

Its original mission accomplished, the volunteer nonprofit turned its focus in 1958 to preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The effort has led the way to discovering the genetic causes of birth defects and helping moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. Make your reservations now at selected restaurants to entertain friends and family, celebrate a special occasion or just to enjoy fine cuisine for a great cause.

Reservations and information: (404) 720-5309 or

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The Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association is partnering with the Capital City Country Club to support the Brookhaven Police Department with a scholarship fund for officers and their family members.

The inaugural tee-off was scheduled for April 7 at the club’s Brookhaven golf course but has been postponed until Monday due to rain.

The shotgun start is at noon and a box lunch will be included. The 18-hole shamble will be followed by an awards ceremony and cocktail reception at the club.

Registration and information: (404) 803-3985 or

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The Palazzo Rosa (“Pink Palace” in English) on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead will star again as the site of the Decorators’ Show House and Gardens April 26 through May 18 to benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s educational and community engagement programs.

The 1926 Italian Baroque-style mansion was originally built for the Rhodes family and designed by three renowned architects: Neel Reid, Hal Hentz and Philip Shutze. It earned the Pink Palace nickname due to its stucco color and signature pink dogwood trees.

This will mark the third time the house has served as a showcase for elite interior designers to benefit the symphony. In the beginning it fell into disrepair but has been extensively renovated. The mansion is now considered a state-of-the-art “green” house with innovative geothermal heating and cooling systems. Renovations have been completed without sacrificing any of the home’s beauty and charm.

“It is one of the most beautifully crafted homes in Atlanta. The proportions, architecture and the grounds are a haven for any creative soul to build a masterpiece,” said Brooke Brantley Merrill, the 2014 show house chairwoman. “We encourage everyone to make plans to visit and be inspired by 27 notable interior designers — local and national.”

The opening night party, titled “Un Afarre Rosa: A Pink Affair” April 25 will include a dinner of Italian-inspired gourmet stations by Carole Parks Catering and dancing to the fabulous 14 Karat Gold Band. Guests will enjoy personalized tours to see the artistry of Atlanta’s top designers. The opening night party co-chairs are Canaan Marshall and Joe Blake. Julie Coffin with Unique Floral Expressions is the floral designer. Other special events are being scheduled throughout the show house’s run. Check the website below for details.

The annual benefit is organized by the Atlanta Symphony Associates, the nonprofit volunteer arm of the orchestra. Proceeds will support the symphony and its education and community engagement programs to nurture the talent of emerging young musicians and bring music into the lives of people in the Atlanta community and beyond.

As one of America’s leading professional orchestras, the symphony is in its 69th season and serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the Southeast.

Tickets and information: (404) 733-4929 or

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After 25 years of hosting the annual Southeastern Flower Show in different venues around Atlanta, the Southeastern Horticultural Society will present a new format in a new venue with its Garden Show April 25 through 27.

“With the transformation of Charlie Loudermilk Park creating a gathering place in the heart of Buckhead at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Roswell Road, we are taking over the Buckhead Theatre across from the park as an ideal setting to host this year’s horticultural event,” society Executive Director Kate Chura said. “With the endorsement of the Buckhead Coalition, we hope all of Northside and metro Atlanta will come to see the amazing things we are doing to change the landscape of our city.”

The three days of activities in the heart of Buckhead will feature a distinguished list of speakers including legendary Georgia football coach Vince Dooley, contemporary artist Steve Penley and chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union. The show will also include horticultural-themed photography, children’s activities, arrangements by local garden club members, organic gardens and a garden marketplace.

The locally based nonprofit society has been busy the past three years developing farm gardens throughout Atlanta and partnering with the East Lake Foundation, the Chastain Park Conservancy, Friends of English Avenue and the Good Samaritan Health Clinic to establish educational gardens and organic farms to ignite people’s passion for horticulture and bring an urban farm learning environment to Chastain Park. Future plans include a farm garden on the Atlanta BeltLine.

Next year the society will host the biannual flower show at the Ponce City Market in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward.

Tickets and information: (404) 351-1074 or

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Mark your calendar for April 26, when the 29th annual Swan House Ball inaugurates Atlanta’s spring/summer social scene at the Atlanta History Center on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead.

As the largest single fundraiser for the center’s mission, this year’s elegant black-tie affair will honor Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for their service to the state and the city.

Deal’s service spans four decades, from his Sandersville beginnings to Army service and law practice in Gainesville to his public service years as a judge, state senator and U.S. congressman.

Reed is serving with honor as the 59th Atlanta mayor and has inaugurated initiatives to reduce the city’s crime rate, successfully initiated sweeping reforms to reopen city recreation centers and fire-rescue response as he improves core city services and balances city budgets.

The evening will begin with cocktails on the lawn of the historic 1928 Swan House mansion followed by dinner and dancing in the Grand Overlook Ballroom. This year will mark the 29th one for the ball’s ongoing community-wide support of the center and its significance to both the city and state. Aimee Chubb is serving as the ball chairwoman.

Located on 33 acres in the heart of Buckhead, the center invites everyone to explore Georgia’s illustrious past through permanent and traveling award-winning museum exhibitions and educational programs, two historic houses including the 1840s Smith Family Farm, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, 22 acres of historic gardens and trails and the Kenan Research Center. The center also operates the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown.

Funds from the ball are crucial support for the center’s operations and its educational activities.

Tickets and information: (404) 814-4102 or

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Passport to Argentina is the theme and name of the April 26 annual spring benefit for the Atlanta International School on North Fulton Drive in Buckhead.

Each year friends, families, international business and community leaders are transported to a unique international destination with décor and entertainment to learn about the special school’s progress and give financial support toward scholarships, faculty development programs and continued preservations of the historic campus buildings.

The private school was created in 1984 by Olga and Roy Plaut and a group of parents, international educators and members of the business community aiming to provide the Atlanta area with international educational opportunities.

As enrollment grew, the board invested in the historic North Fulton High School building designed by Philip Trammel Shutze and expanded the International Baccalaureate programs to primary, middle and upper schools — from 3-year-old kindergarteners through 12th grade. Starting with three language tracks, the innovative programs are designed for American and international students.

Community support for the school represents more than 90 nations.

Tickets and information: (404) 841-3869 or

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Georgia Council for International Visitors are hosting the 33rd annual International Consular Ball honoring the state’s consular corps April 26 at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead.

The premier international event brings together the business, civic, education and diplomatic communities for a black-tie evening of networking and celebration. Co-chairs for 2014 are Northsiders Claudia and Bruce Hamilton.

The ball provides an opportunity for Georgia’s business and civic communities to honor the 70-plus members of the consular corps for their role in building valuable relationships between the region and the world.

“Our vision is that every Georgian has the opportunity to be globally engaged,” said Shell Stuart, the council’s executive director.

The council was founded as a nonprofit in 1962 to work with the U.S. Department of State to develop a broad spectrum of professional and cultural exchange programs for emerging global leaders. Its nonpartisan citizen diplomacy programs provide Georgians with unique opportunities to share best practices, insights and friendships with distinguished visitors to the United States.

The council is also a participating member of Global Ties U.S., formerly the National Council for International Visitors. Its mission is to promote excellence in citizen diplomacy through custom-tailored professional programs and cultural activities offering hospitality for foreign leaders, specialists and international scholars.

Tickets and information: (404) 832-5560, ext. 21 or

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The annual Wine and Roses Gala black-tie-optional dinner benefit hosted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Georgia chapter will take its 2014 theme, “Start Spreading the News ... We Love New York,” from the Big Apple.

Set for April 26 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, the event will include imaginative decor, cuisine, music and surprises will to inspire guests to support awareness, research, care and education for patients fighting to manage this incurable disease.

Now in its 15th year, the annual gala will feature a champagne reception and seated dinner with live entertainment and dancing plus silent and live auctions. This year’s co-chairs are Linda and Larry Freeland.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S.

Funds from the gala will go toward the nonprofit foundation’s breakthrough research, care centers and education programs.

A poignant story about the naming of the original benefit 15 years ago called “65 Roses Ball” still tugs at the heart when one thinks about the tragedy of children born with cystic fibrosis. A toddler in Florida overheard his mother talking on the phone about his illness that was almost certain to claim his life. After she hung up, he asked, “Why do I have 65 roses?”  

The misunderstood words became a battle cry to find relief and perhaps a cure for the devastating condition. Over the past years the fundraiser name has been changed to reflect a more formal wine-and-roses title with different décor themes each year.

Tickets and information: (404) 325-6973 or

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