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Column: Fashion show to benefit Winship Cancer Institute
by Sally F. White
Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
February 19, 2014 11:55 AM | 5297 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
A stylish lineup of Atlanta boutiques will be in the spotlight for this year’s Fashion a Cure luncheon Feb. 26 at the Piedmont Driving Club in Midtown. The event will benefit the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in DeKalb County.

Sixteen local fashion boutiques are coordinating the runway presentation modeled by cancer survivors and other women whose lives have been affected by the disease. The event will also feature a silent auction and raffle for items donated by the participating stores and others.

“The inaugural benefit luncheon last year raised more than $80,000 to support the extraordinary work being done at the Winship Cancer Institute,” chairwoman Ada Lee Correll said. “Our Friends of Winship volunteers strive to build community understanding and awareness about the institute while raising financial and human resources for the premier cancer research center in the Southeast.”

The event vice-chairwomen are Kathy Allen and Cyndae Arrendale. Missy Craver is chairwoman for the models.

The institute is Georgia’s first and only cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute and is among the nation’s elite cancer programs recognized for high-impact research and clinical trials leading to cancer therapies, prevention, diagnosis and care.

Tickets and information: (404) 778-1769

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“The Price is Right: Art Under $1,000” sale and exhibition is being reprised Feb. 27 through April 4 at the Swan Coach House Gallery on the Atlanta History Center campus in Buckhead.

The affordable art exhibit concept was created by the nonprofit gallery five years ago to focus on high-quality art by some of Atlanta’s best known and newly emerging artists — all for sale for less than $l,000.

Eighteen artists have been invited to participate this year with works including abstract, realistic imagery, sculpture in a variety of media, painting, drawing, fiber, photography, printmaking and mixed-media assemblages.

“Our gallery has helped to launch the careers of many young artists through the exposure they receive from this exhibition,” curator Marianne Lambert said. “Art lovers who might not be able to buy a major work by an established artist may find a work on paper or a smaller piece by that same artist at a much more affordable price. … This amalgamation of art and artists seems to provoke a kind of dynamic that continues to intrigue viewers from year to year.”

The Sara Giles Moore Foundation is sponsoring the exhibit and an opening-night reception for the artists Feb. 27. Members of the Forward Arts Foundation are serving as hostesses: Mimi Scaljon, Wanda Hopkins, Penny Nunnally, Jane Knight, Alissa Beard, Susan Tucker, Jana Simmons, Sarah English Perry, Susan Forehand and Wendy Barton.

The nonprofit foundation administers the gallery and uses funds from it and the Swan Coach House Gift Shop and Restaurant to enhance Atlanta’s art community.

Information: (404) 266-2636 or

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The Red Carpet Gala March 1 at Cumberland Academy of Georgia on Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs will include celebrity-style cocktails, dinner, entertainment and live and silent auctions.

The honoree for the evening will be James Ramseur, a board member of the school who has been instrumental in acquiring its building. Laura Ciucci and Sally Jetmundsen, mothers of two Cumberland students, are serving as the event’s co-chairwomen.

Proceeds from the gala will give stimulus and aid to students through special curriculum material and advance technology.

Cumberland was inspired and founded in 2008 by Debbi Scarborough, the mother of a son diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. It is an independent, nonprofit co-educational school for students with academic and social differences — Asperger’s, high-functioning autism, attention-deficit disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning differences.

All teachers are special education-certified and classes are college-prep with low student-to-teacher ratios. The school offers grades four through 12 and with post-graduate studies.

Students are encouraged to compete in varsity or junior varsity sports including soccer, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, track and volleyball. They may also participate in a variety of after-school programs such as robotics, rock band and a chess club. Summer programs begin in June.

Tickets and information: (404) 835-9000 or

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A newly initiated nonprofit Young Eventions Group is showcasing its mission with an inaugural conference March 1 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis hotel downtown.

The inspirational Women 2 Women three-part conference, themed “Intergenerational Life Lessons & Legacies,” begins with an early morning registration and progresses through three panel discussions starring successful metro Atlanta women sharing their life experiences, thoughts on careers, family, success and life in general. It will culminate in a luncheon keynote speech by the internationally recognized Maya Angelou, a teacher, poet, author and actress.

A reception dessert finale will offer social time for speakers and guests to meet and mingle.

The first morning panel discussion is titled “Protecting Your Most Important Assets: Healthy Body + Healthy Mind = Healthy Life.” It features Dr. Camille Davis-Williams, founder of Greater Atlanta Women’s Healthcare; Dr. Rogsbert F. Phillips, breast surgeon with Metro Surgical Associates; Pamela Thompson, founder of Building Bridges to Better Lives; and Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, incoming president of Morehouse College’s School of Medicine and its first female leader.

The second session will present “Balancing Life Choices: Managing Family, Finances, Career & Community.” It stars Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead owner Juanita Baranco, SeeGee Technologies CEO Megan Burton, Interprint Communications President Monica Maldonado, Seek Wisdom Find Wealth founder and CEO Patrice C. Washington and Spanx Vice President of Sales Elisa Palefsky.

The third session is “Networking & Relationship Building: Key Steps to Take You to the Top.” It features Dr. Barbara King, founder of the Hillside International Truth Center; Carole O’Connell, president of the Center for Creative Living; author, mentor and designer Ann Platz, executive life coach Alena Edmondson and educator Dolly Adams.

The Phenomenal Woman Award will be given to retired Coca-Cola executive Ingrid Saunders Jones, chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women in Washington.

The Young Eventions Group was envisioned by Atlanta businesswoman, philanthropist, wife and mother Sonjia Young last year. She said its mission is to “enhance and support through collective mentoring, education and resources to help safeguard families by preventing and ending generational deprivation — to help women of all ages and their families deal with issues that impact daily life and expose them to resources that will help transform and improve their lives.”

“This inaugural YEG conference will bring women together across generations to share life lessons and experiences — to inspire, empower and transform attendees of all ages,” Young said.

Leading advisory council members for the conference are: Billye Aaron, Carolyn Young, Dr. Jae Delsarte, Teresa Cumming and Lina Dean.

Funds from the conference will be directed to the Angelou Teen Center at the Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA and other local programs benefiting women, girls and families.

Tickets and information: (404) 445-8208 or

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