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Column: AGF Music Series continues Thursday
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
July 31, 2013 10:57 AM | 3033 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Dan Britt is sending out a reminder to musical aficionados, friends, associates and professional musicians that his next free First Thursday Cabaret evening in the AGF Music Series is set for this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at 1705 Commerce Drive off Northside Drive in west Buckhead.

Britt, a vocalist and former executive director of the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, created the 2013 series of free musicale-style sessions. He scheduled them for the first Thursday of every month. However, since last month’s date landed on July 4, the session was moved to July 11 and he doesn’t want to miss capturing the music-loving audience for his scheduled August date.

Pianist and vocalist Amy Holloway is a regular with Britt’s musical team. Tommy Trotter will join them as a guest vocalist for August.

The next dates for the monthly events are Sept. 5 and Oct. 3.

“This year I created a new company, A Great Friend LLC (AGF), offering personal home care services,” Britt said. “I located my offices and training center in the complex where the Lyric used to have an intimate performing area. It brought back wonderful memories and prompted me to keep on singing for pleasure. I am inviting other performers to join me in these free public music sessions as a gift from AGF.”

Reservations and information: (404) 605-8448 or visit

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The new Train the Trainer session for other nonprofits is being offered Aug. 17 as part of JumpSTART Your Career’s free workshop programs that offer women training to prepare for seeking jobs in today’s workplace market. The session is for both men and women.

JumpSTART, a program of the Alexandra Surdyk Jones Foundation Inc., is now offering its four-module, job-readiness course free to any interested 501c3 nonprofit with facilitators who wish to adopt the proven curriculum for their individual programs.

The unique two-hour session will be held at the Community Assistance Center on Hightower Trail in Sandy Springs. Approved facilitators may attend this free training session from 10 a.m. to noon and will also receive the information electronically.

The curriculum is designed to empower job seekers to achieve their goals through personal evaluation and a commitment to identifying and improving skills. Job-readiness students learn to prepare, package and promote their strengths and employment skills toward achieving their personal and professional goals.

JumpSTART’s classes give aid, support and inspiration to women challenged to find a first job or facing re-entry into the workforce.

Since its inception seven years ago, the organization has partnered with community centers and churches to provide classroom facilities for the free workshops along with online classes and have served more than 800 women of all ages in a supportive and caring atmosphere.

Registration for trainers and information: (770) 883-6856 or visit

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The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with several Georgia-hosted benefits in August to support its nonprofit efforts across the nation. The organization helps the more than 11 million people in the U.S. affected by cancer today, many in Georgia hometowns and metro Atlanta.

One of the most colorful affairs will be the fourth annual Suits & Sneakers Gala Aug. 17 at the University of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The annual Bulldogs’ seated dinner is an extraordinary event reaching out to attract alumni, students, fans and big-hearted community activists across the state to raise funds for the society’s cancer research and treatment programs and provide support for cancer patients and caregivers.

Special guests at the Athens gala will be several local celebrities and professional athletes, including Georgia football coach Mark Richt and his wife Katharyn, sportscasters Seth Greenberg and Chuck Dowdle and a few surprise visitors.

There will be silent and live auctions of one-of-a-kind experiences, memorabilia and other treasures. Dress is business-cocktail, suits, dresses and fast sneakers.

On the evening of Aug. 24, the society’s Cobb County group will host its 40th Swordsman’s Ball, named in honor of the organization’s fighting cancer logo, at the Waverly Renaissance Hotel on Cobb Galleria Parkway near Vinings.

Elegant food, music, entertainment, late-night dancing and a silent auction will add to the fundraising aspects of the formal benefit in the area.

“Cancer is a disease that affects everyone, and there is probably no one in Cobb County who hasn’t experienced the devastation of cancer with a relative or friend,” co-chair couples Janet and Dan O’Brien and Valerie and Bill Hilley said in a statement. “By supporting the Swordsman’s Ball, we can help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays for everyone.”

The metro Atlanta division plans to host a local birthday fundraiser in November.

The society was founded in 1913 by 15 physicians and business leaders in New York. Today the nationwide, community-based, voluntary nonprofit health organization has more than 3,400 chartered local divisional offices dedicated to transforming cancer from deadly to preventable by eliminating the disease as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and service.

Information and tickets: Cobb area — (770) 429-0089, ext. 3 or visit or; Athens area — (706) 543-2240 or visit

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