Monthly Archives: May 2014

Celebrating Georgia’s Environment with EarthShare

Our friends at EarthShare of Georgia recently held their Leadership Breakfast at the Georgia Aquarium and their 19th Annual Earth Day Party at the historical Defoor Centre in Westside Midtown. The talented Jason Hales and I were lucky to be on hand to document both.

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The 12th Annual Earth Day 2014 Leadership Breakfast was held in the Oceans Ballroom. The awards presented at the Leadership Breakfast were gorgeous, but weren’t to be outshined by the sparkling aquatic setting. What a perfect backdrop for celebrating Georgia’s environment and sustainable business practices. 

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The Defoor Center decked out for the Earth Day Party was no less stunning — and guests took time out to snap their own shots.

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Event chairs Linda and Steve Edwards clearly know how to throw a party, and ensured this benefit for Georgia’s only dedicated environmental fund hit — or more likely exceeded — the mark.

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One highlight of the evening was a silent auction offering a magnetic variety of eclectic items. EarthShare VIPs rushed to snap some up in record time!

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There truly was something for everyone to bid on–from the exotic to the more…”practical” eco-products–and deals on many other beautiful, delicious and enticing offerings in between! All proceeds benefited EarthShare of Georgia.

It wouldn’t be a party without great food and the Defoor Centre’s catering team, led by Michelle Davidson, didn’t disappoint. Guests enjoyed an array of locally sourced organic foods and beverages.

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Entertainment provided by The Pergantis Trio encouraged guests to linger and listen.

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The smiling faces we encountered throughout the evening were a joy to photograph, especially knowing that the fun was benefiting a worthy cause.

We’d like to extend many thanks to Andrea Hansberry at EarthShare of Georgia for inviting us to support the event!

A Musical Tribute to Atlanta’s Public Safety Officials, ASO Style

We recently covered a very special Spring concert from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra honoring our city’s much-deserving public safety officials. The Orchestra performed Mark Grey’s “Fire Angels,” which was originally written for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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Atlanta’s public safety heroes were well represented at a pre-concert reception at the Galleria at the Woodruff Arts Center. It was moving to see so many being honored and celebrating together!

Just about every vehicle imaginable was on-hand from motorcycle to SWAT van. Even mounted police were there with indisputably the most charming and lively mode of transport ever!

We were treated to a truly moving, expanded version of Fire Angels, led by ASO Musical Director Robert Spano. The Orchestra was joined by Soprano Jessica Rivera--who premiered Fire Angels at Carnegie Hall in 2011–and acclaimed Tenor Stuart Skelton.

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Composer Mark Grey was also in the house to enjoy the performance along with noteworthy Atlantans such as Stanley Romanstein, President of the ASO, and Mayor Kasim Reed.

Thank you, Kimberly Nogi, for allowing AEP to be part of this beautiful event.