March 2019 Around Town

The Pink Affair

TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation will host the 18th Annual Pink Affair, the nonprofit’s signature fundraiser, 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. For the second consecutive year, the event will take place at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road. The evening will include a sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions overseen by top auctioneer Dean Crownover, complimentary beer and wine, and live music from the Emerald Empire Band. Dana Barrett, host of the Dana Barrett Show on WGST 640-AM, airing 12-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, will serve as emcee for the third straight year. Proceeds from the Pink Affair will support TurningPoint’s patient financial assistance program, offering reduced fee or complimentary services as well as a range of education program for breast cancer patients and survivors of all backgrounds. To purchase tickets and learn other details, visit, email event chair Kathy Smith at or call 770.360.9271.

Need a Driver?

Autter, the first dependable, safe, personalized transportation rideshare for the metro area’s 1 million teens has launched in Atlanta.  While there are other rideshares nationwide for kids, Autter is the first transportation company to serve the teen population. Autter features easy-to-use, innovative mobile technology with the ability for parents and teens to schedule their rides in advance, receive SMS reminders and ride updates, get real-time geo-tracking, use an internal rating system, and pre-load destinations to save time when scheduling. EvIDent’s driver vetting not only has multiple levels of detailed background checks including ID document verification, terrorist watchlist, national and county screenings, address history and sex offender registry, motor vehicle reporting, but it features an evergreen check system that is used by AirBNB, Sitter City, Urban Sitter and others. Autter requires families to schedule rides at least 24 hours in advance and many families secure schedules up to a month out. Typical heavy demand hours are weekdays before and after school, 7 – 8:30 a.m. and 3 – 10 p.m. Rides cost an average of $25.

Celebrating Space

July 16, 2019, will mark 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission launched from Kennedy Space Center for its historic journey to the moon. To commemorate the anniversary, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex designated 2019 the Year of Apollo, and guests can expect a series of improvements, special events and celebrations. Dramatically displayed, the focal point of the Apollo/Saturn V Center is the majestic Saturn V moon rocket, one of only three remaining in the world. A new addition to the exhibit will be projection mapping on the side of the Saturn V, showing the iconic footage of the moon landing on the type of rocket that enabled the journey. The Astrovan, which transported astronauts to the launch pad and can be seen in the movie “First Man,” is also on display at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily.

Fulton Schools Nutrition Honored

Alyssia Wright, executive director of School Nutrition at Fulton County Schools (FCS), has been named the 2019 recipient of the national Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Silver Leadership Award. This prestigious acknowledgement of success is presented to a director who demonstrates outstanding leadership, dedication, fiscal achievement, and innovation in menuing and merchandising. For 30 years, the FAME Awards have honored school nutrition professionals who raise industry standards within their school districts and communities. Wright was honored earlier this month at the 2019 FAME Awards ceremony as part of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 2019 School Nutrition Industry Conference in Austin, Texas. “Being selected for the Silver Leadership Award is such an extreme honor,” says Wright. “To be recognized for the accomplishments of what is done daily with passion and dedication is truly humbling. I believe I have the best team that is equally passionate and takes pride in bringing the best experience to our students every day.”

South Pacific

Love transcends the harsh realities of war and prejudice in this sweeping Pulitzer Prize-winning tale centered around two unlikely love affairs. Set on a tropical island during World War II, this timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classic features some of the most beautiful music ever composed woven into an inspiring story cherished the world over. The beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame” amidst big, Broadway performances and a chorus of American sailors and Navy nurses ready to take you to Bali Ha’i. March 8, 2019 – March 17, Byers Theatre at City Springs 404.477.4365.

Brave the Shave

On Saturday, March 16, from 12-4 p.m., Meehan’s Public House will host the annual St. Baldrick’s “Brave the Shave” for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s Foundation will be kicking off their goal of raising $100,000 with the event. While not everyone is up for losing their locks, anyone can still be part of this awesome event by attending, donating, or helping to spread the word you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers!