August 2015 Around Town 1

 

We Have a Winner

Matt and Katie Klump of East Wesley Rd. were thrilled when they found out they were the winners of the $2,500 garage makeover from Overhead Door. Katie and Matt are new parents to twin boys and are currently in the middle of a renovation project on their garage so this could not come at a better time for them. Overhead Door partnered with Lifestyle Publications for a contest for readers, offering a lucky winner the chance to renovate their garage door from Overhead’s spectacular selection, with complete service behind the prize. Watch the magazine for a before and after story on this cool contest. OverheadDoorAtlanta.com

Sophia Gets New Leader

The Board of Trustees of Sophia Academy has accepted Marie Corrigan’s request to retire as head of school while recognizing her unique role and major contribution as its founding director. The Board is pleased to name Jenni Ellis as the new head of school. Ellis began her career in education teaching middle school after graduating from the University of Georgia with her Bachelor of Science degree in middle grades education, and later she earned her add-on certificate in gifted education. She went on to earn her Masters of Library Media from Georgia State University. In 2000, she helped open Blessed Trinity Catholic High School and was named assistant principal in 2003. In 2004 Jenni became director of student activities at Marist School. Two years later she became the director of the Foundations Program for middle school students, and she has served as assistant principal at Marist for the past eight years. She also served as acting principal in 2010 while Father Joel Konzen, S.M., was on sabbatical.

Westminster Green

The Westminster Schools recently won the Gold Award of Excellence in Facilities Management from Global FM, the worldwide alliance of facilities management organizations. The award was bestowed as part of the 2015 World FM Day, an international celebration of facilities management in London. Westminster was honored for its efforts to improve the sustainability of its campus. During the 2007-08 fiscal year, the facilities department at The Westminster Schools recognized the rising cost of water and other utilities. Since then, the School has initiated a series of campus improvement projects, including the development of a campus retention pond and ongoing sustainability audits, at a cost of approximately $383,000. The energy audit and all subsequent improvement projects over the last seven years have resulted in approximately $1.1 million of total savings. Westminster was founded in 1951, and has since grown to be one of the nation’s premier independent schools, distinguishing itself as a leader among its peers. Graduates of the school go on to attend leading colleges and universities and to live adult lives of personal accomplishment, service, and leadership. Westminster.net.

 Guidebook Hits the Stands

The 21st edition of the annual Buckhead Guidebook, sponsored by the Buckhead Coalition, is available at Barnes & Noble and other area bookstores for $5. This compilation of data is presented as three books in one: Tourism, Relocation, and Development. It serves as the premiere reference source for journalists, realtors, politicians and newcomers. A portion of the proceeds go to area nonprofits selected by the Coalition. For this issue, the Guidebook directs that $9,000 will be distributed among Chastain Park Conservancy, Garden Hills Pool and Park Association, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MoCA GA), Peachtree Heights East Duck Pond, and World Trade Center Atlanta. The Coalition is a nonprofit civic group of 100 business leaders in this northern quadrant of the City of Atlanta, with a mission to “Nurture the quality of life of those who live, visit, work and play” in its 28 square miles. Its president is Sam Massell and its chairman is Jeff Sprecher.

Golfers Tee Up for MJCCA

In June, 124 golfers teed up at the Atlanta Country Club for a day of fun and charity during the 7th annual Marcus Jewish Community Center (MJCCA) BB&T Harry Maziar Classic golf tournament, held at the Atlanta Country Club in Marietta. This year’s event raised a record $370,000 through sponsorships, contributions, raffle tickets, and a silent auction to benefit the MJCCA through programs and scholarship funds. The event featured a luncheon and an Antiques Roadshow-style presentation where guests brought a painting or print, silver, or jewelry, to be assessed by on-site appraisers. A cocktail reception, awards presentation, and auction followed, and guests paid tribute to tournament honoree, Howard Halpern. Chairman of Halperns’ Steak & Seafood, a division of Gordon Foodservice, Halpern was honored for his commitment to the MJCCA and philanthropic leadership. Tournament winners include: putting contest-Rick Suid; longest drive (male)-Leo Yerashunas; longest drive (female)-Alina Lee; first place team-Michael Coles, Madison Mongin, Jared Ingley, and Rick Suid; second place team-Isador Mitzner, Ronnie Galanti, Mark Rosenberg, and Kevin Rabinowitz; third place team-Leo Yerashunas, Keith Brennan, Andrew Steinberg, and Jim Pfeifer; and fourth place team-Rich McKay, Reggie Roberts, Kevin Winston, and Ryan Teague. Pictured are past honorees, from left: Harry Maziar, Bernie Marcus, Howard Halpern, Jack Halpern and Ron Brill.

UPS Helping Nature

The Dunwoody Nature Center received a grant form the UPS Foundation in support of its Milkweed Project, a major grassroots initiative to help restore habitats for the Monarch Butterfly and to raise awareness of the troubling decline of the population. The latest investment brings the total commitment from the UPS foundation to more than $15,000 for the Milkweed Project. Since the project began in April, the DNC has planted milkweed pollinator gardens at all the Dunwoody cluster elementary schools, in city parks, and through other partner organizations. This additional funding will allow the DNC to bring the program to more schools throughout the metro Atlanta region, both with gardens at thee schools, and within classroom programming. DunwoodyNature.org/TheMilkweed-Project. Established in 1951 and based here in Atlanta, the UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. Pictured are Anne Schwartz (UPS), Alan Mothner (Executive Director, Dunwoody Nature Center), Kate Hegidio (UPS), Laura Hollyfield (UPS), and Su Ellis (President, Board of Directors, DNC).

Prepare Kids with Tools for School

CAC makes it easy to help local children this month. Give to CAC’s Tools for School campaign and help prepare students for the start of school with the tools they need to learn. Through CAC you give two backpacks for the price of one when you donate to Tools for School. Your donation of $35 provides for two backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the power of wholesale purchasing. In addition, every dollar donated will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $10,000.  Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. Give to CAC’s Tools for School and help 1,000 local children be prepared to learn for the next academic year. Donate online for Tools for School at OurCac.org or donate large size, heavy duty backpacks to the Community Assistance Center, 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs.

Peru Comes to Atlanta

Mandarin Oriental, Atlatna  anticipating the arrival of Chef Diego Oka of La Mar by Gaston Acurio located at Mandarin Oriental, Miami for a celebration of Peruvian flavors in Atlanta from August 20-22. Considered a protégé of international restaurateur Gaston Acurio and an ambassador of Peruvian cuisine, Oka will bring his eclectic fare to Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta’s Café & Bar providing guests the unique opportunity to delight in his signature dishes. The menu will showcase a selection of authentic Peruvian dishes from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood Cebiche.  Guests can choose a la carte selections for lunch or a four-course tasting menu for dinner. Highlights include Lomo Saltado, a traditional beef dish with stir fried potMatt and Katie Klump of East Wesley Rd. were thrilled when they found out they were the winners of the $2,500 garage makeover from Overhead Door. Katie and Matt are new parents to twin boys and are currently in the middle of a renovation project on their garage so this could not come at a better time for them. Overhead Door partnered with Lifestyle Publications for a contest for readers, offering a lucky winner the chance to renovate their garage door from Overhead’s spectacular selection, with complete service behind the prize. Watch the magazine for a before and after story on this cool contest. OverheadDoorAtlanta.comatoes, red onions, tomatoes, soy sauce, cilantro, aji amarillo and rice;Causa Olivo, mashed potato dumplings topped with octopus tartare and Cebiche Clasico with fluke, cilantro, aji limo, red onions, choclo and leche de tigre.  Diners can also enjoy the traditional Pisco Sour, Peru’s national cocktail made with pisco brandy, lime juice, simple syrup, egg whites and Angostura bitters. Guests are invited to enhance the dining experience with a special hotel offer. The Culinary Getaway package begins at $460 per night plus tax. MandarinOriental/Atlanta.com