Atlanta Improv Hosts Military Supply Drive

MILITARY DRIVE FLYERThrough December 18th, anyone who brings military provisions to the Atlanta Improv for those serving overseas during the holidays will receive two free tickets to any non-special Improv event through December 30th, 2015. Suggested donations include DVDs, books, magazines, board games, cards, energy bars, socks, workout clothes, undershirts, deodorant, candy, cigarettes, and more. Additionally, military personnel and their families also have the opportunity to see the Michael Kosta show on Thursday, December 11th 8pm at no charge with valid military ID.

“With a military boyfriend who is deported for a year, I understand how hard it is for him to live without day to day necessities,” said organizer Sarah Spicer. “I started this drive to do something for the men and women that serve our county to make their holidays a little brighter.”

The Improv was founded by Budd Friedman in New York in 1963 and has the Who’s Who of American comedy. The Atlanta Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre features national touring comics as well as Open Mic each week. Upcoming acts include Michael Kosta 12/11-12/13, Norm Macdonald 12/18-12/20, Reformed Whores 12/26-12/27, Owen Benjamin 12/31 & 1/2 -1/3, Brian Posehn 1/8-1/10, Harland Williams 1/22- 1/24, Sebastian Maniscalco and 1/29-1/31.

Donations will be accepted at 56 E Andrews Drive NW Suite 12 or at the Atlanta Improv during normal business hours. For more information about the military drive and a full calendar, visit

The Love=Hope Foundation presents 2nd Annual Benefit for Spinal Muscular Atrophy – Fight SMA Jam

Panic QRThe Love=Hope Foundation is please to announce the 2nd Annual Benefit for Spinal Muscular Atrophy – Fight SMA Jam on Monday, December 30 from 4-8pm at SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, GA.

Tickets are $25 general admission in advance, $35 at the door or a limited amount of $50 VIP in advance. With the price of admission everyone will get continuous service of delicious SweetWater brews, a collector’s SweetWater pint glass, one raffle ticket and tons of live music. VIP tickets include an open liquor bar and food.
Additionally, there will be vendors selling their wonderful goods and plenty of food trucks in the parking lot. Prizes will be raffled off throughout the event starting at 5 ish. Giveaways include a pair of Widespread Panic’s Tunes for Tots and New Year’s Eve tickets raffles.

Two Stages of Live Music:

Bluegrass Underground Stage
4 – 5:45  Hooteroll?
6 – 8:00  Evan Barber & The Dead Gamblers

Envy Yourself Stage
4 – 5:45  The Georgia Crackers
6 – 8:00  Lazy Lightning & Friends

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) refers to a group of diseases which affect the motor neurons of the spinal cord and brain stem. These critically important cells are responsible for supplying electrical and chemical messages to muscle cells. Without the proper input from the motor neurons, muscle cells can not function properly. The muscle cells will, therefore, become much smaller (atrophy) and will produce symptoms of muscle weakness.

Click here to purchase tickets or visit Fight SMA for additional information about the event and charity.


Belle de Jour Salon to Donate Percentage of Sales to CURE Childhood Cancer

As September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Belle de Jour Salon is donating 10% of all services provided this month to CURE Childhood Cancer. Additionally, the Buckhead boutique salon will host BLOW OUT Saturday offering free Blowouts and Make-up touch ups on Saturday, September 28th from 10am-6pm by appointment. A minimum donation of $35 to Cure Childhood Cancer is suggested.


“As a mom of a child that survived cancer, I know the importance of the money needed for research,” said Belle de Jour Salon owner Andrea Goldklang. “CURE Childhood Cancer has an extra special place in my heart as it is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research and through support of patients and their families.”


Belle de Jour Salon features beautiful styling with a focus on color from a highly trained yet friendly staff. Owner Andrea Goldklang trained at world renowned Louis Licari in New York City and at Van Michael Salon in Buckhead. Andrea has an eye for design and a natural affinity for hair. Her vision of creating a beautiful salon with a friendly and talented team of stylists came true with her boutique salon where hair styling and coloring must be nothing short of excellent.


To find out more about CURE Childhood Cancer, visit Belle de Jour Salon is located at 5290 Roswell Road NE in Mount Paran Walk Plaza. For more information about the salon or to schedule an appointment, visit Please contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at for interviews, photos or a press kit.


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9/11 Victory Run At Chastain Park

Mark the 10th Anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center at the First 9/11 Victory Run around Chastain Park on Sunday, September 11. This will be a day to salute our veterans and soldiers, honor the lives of those lost on September 11, 2001 and celebrate the freedom we enjoy as Americans. The 5K Run/Walk starts and ends at the Ryan P. Means Legion Hut located on the South end of Chastain Park, off Powers Ferry Rd. All Proceeds will benefit American Legion Post 140, a treasured gathering place for veterans with a growing membership from those who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Ryan Means (Photo Credit: the Means family)


Ryan Means was quite a man and truly an inspiration to others. After Ryan lost his best friend on September 11th in the World Trade Center attacks, he felt he had to do something. So, Ryan enlisted in the Army as a recruit and advanced to Special Forces by the age of 32. His motto was, “Keep on rockin’ in the free world.” While serving in Iraq, Ryan was diagnosed with cancer and on July 7, 2009, Ryan passed away. While he died too young at the age of 35, Ryan fought hard and was able to be at the birth of his second daughter right before he passed.

Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Ryan P. Means Legion Hut
Chastain Park
3905 Powers Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA
Adults: $25 and Children 18 & under: $15 available here.


Texas Hold’Em Tournament to Benefit Chastain Horse Park and SafeRide America

Chastain Horse Park and SafeRide America present a Texas Hold’Em Tournament on Thursday, July 14 at 7pm at Chastain Horse Park Clubhouse, located at 4371 Powers Ferry Road. Entry requires $200 tax-deductible donation to Chastain Horse Park/SafeRide America. All participants will receive complimentary food from Moe’s Original Bar B Que and beer that beginning an hour before play. In addition, SafeRide America will be offering all participants complimentary (tip only) SafeRides where you and your car will be driven home on the evening of the tournament. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit disabled children through Chastain’s therapeutic riding programs, help children injured or orphaned in impaired driving crashes and be used to expand low cost/no cost SafeRide services locally.

With a $200 entry fee, every participant will start with 1000 chips.

  1. The first big blind = 20 (1/50 of the 1000 starting chip amount).
  2. The final big blind = 1000 (the starting chip amount) at the 4 hour mark using 20 minute levels.
  3. Blinds to increase every 20 minutes from 20 to 1000 .

Additionally, there will be over $20k in total prizes. A partial list of giveaways include:

  • 1st – 7 day, 7 night stay in an Orange Beach, AL luxury, 4 bdrm townhouse with boat slip
  • 2nd – Hilton Hotels 2 night weekend getaway
  • 3rd – 55″ Samsung LED TV
  • 2 Apple i-pads
  • Certificates for free rounds of golf
  • Local restaurant certificates ($25 – $200)
  • Countless bottles of wine and liquor
  • Two 50″ flat panel TVs

Photo provided by Chastain Horse Park

Chastain Horse Park and SafeRide America are both a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations. Chastain Horse Park is a non-profit organization providing services for children and adults with disabilities, children-at-risk, and children from the inner city. It is designated as a “Premier Accredited Center” by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, “NARHA.” NARHA-certified Instructors supervise all riding activities and therapies. Persons with a variety of health challenges are served, including cerebral palsy, developmental delay, autism, multiple sclerosis, stroke, depression, visual or hearing impairments, sensory integration disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, speech disorders, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. SafeRide America is a social enterprise program that effectively provides a proven, practical and affordable answer to stopping impaired driving incidents before they happen. Their professional drivers work in teams of two where one driver will drive with you in the comfort of your own vehicle while the other driver follows behind in the chase car. SafeRide America is a non-profit, driver-for-hire, public service designed to help prevent all types of impaired driving.

WHAT: Texas Hold’Em Tournament to Benefit Chastain Horse Park and SafeRide America
WHEN: Thursday, July 14 at 7pm
WHERE: Chastain Horse Park Clubhouse 4371 Powers Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30327
TICKETS: $200 and available via Evite or call 404-229-1717 to enter by phone. All or a portion of your donation may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

Joy of Sharing Holiday Program in Atlanta

The Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services invites you to participate in the Joy of Sharing Program. We need donors to assist in meeting the Holiday wishes of the 1,000 children in foster care who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect. Wish lists for these children are filled through monetary donations, donated gifts or the combination of the two from companies, organizations and individuals.

When a child is matched with a donor, you will receive the child’s name, age and three items from his/her special “Wish List”. We request that all gifts be delivered from December 3rd-20th to our donation warehouse at 1218 Old Chattahoochee Ave. Additionally, monetary and gift card donations (Target, Old Navy, Blockbuster, Best Buy, etc) are needed to purchase gifts for children not matched and to meet their ongoing needs throughout the year.

There are Target coupons available, so people can be even more generous.

We need your assistance in making this a very special Holiday Season for the children. If you would like to sponsor a child where you will receive the child’s name, age and three items from their special “wish list” or need any further information, please do not hesitate to call Volunteer Resources Coordinator Delores S. Battle at 404-699-4387.

Donations and gifts are tax deductible.

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1873 Society Club for the Atlanta Humane Society


The Atlanta Humane Society Board of Directors proudly presents the 1873 Society Club, a junior board of young professionals and philanthropists working to raise awareness and funds to support the mission of the Atlanta Humane Society.

Please join the 1873 Society Club for their first event
benefitting the Atlanta Humane Society.

March 23, 2010
SweetWater Brewing Company

Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Click here to buy now!

Meet the members of the 1873 Society Club

Learn more about the work of Atlanta Humane Society
and the 1873 Society Club in metro Atlanta

Enjoy SweetWater beer and food from The Shed at Glenwood

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