Thursday, May 20, 2010

Baseball Legend Hank Aaron Walks in Arthritis Walk- Atlanta to Raise Awareness of Osteoarthritis

/PRNewswire/ -- The Arthritis Foundation, Southeast Region, Georgia Office announced today that baseball legend Hank Aaron will be participating in the Arthritis Walk-Atlanta on Saturday, May 22nd. Hank will be walking with local members of "Team Hank" to encourage the millions of people suffering with osteoarthritis (OA) knee pain to take action now and to talk to their doctor about treatment options.

Hank Aaron, who won legions of fans by breaking countless records while never being on the disabled list in his 23 year career, found himself dealing with knee pain once he retired. He was diagnosed with knee OA, and over the years his knee pain increased to the point that he even had trouble walking short distances. As someone who had been physically fit his whole life, Hank was determined to find a way to relieve the pain. Hank talked to his doctor and found a treatment that works for him.

"The reason I will be walking in the Arthritis Walk is because I don't want people with arthritis to give up. I want them to understand that there is still hope out there for them, and to go to their doctor for advice," said Hank Aaron.

Hank is encouraging Georgians to join him and thousands of others who are affected by arthritis at the Arthritis Walk-Atlanta on Saturday, May 22nd and to support the fight against arthritis by joining

For more information about Arthritis Walk-Atlanta, visit

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Chimney Cove Boat Show to Raise Funds for the Randolph County (Alabama) Animal Shelter

Chimney Cove, a lake community on Lake Wedowee in eastern Alabama (Randolph County), will host the 3rd Annual Boat Show. The weekend is full of events, including the boat show, arts and crafts, numerous food vendors, a motorcycle ride fund-raiser, live music and the popular Paddlin’ 4 Paws Cardboard Boat Regatta Races (nearly 50 entries and growing). The Paddlin’ 4 Paws event will take place on Saturday, May 22nd, starting at 1 pm and is being billed as the South’s largest cardboard boat race.

For those who haven’t had the time to build a cardboard boat in time for the races this weekend, a cardboard boat is being auctioned off an hour before the races begin. (The Buy A Boat Auction)

May 22nd and 23rd, 2010
88 Fireside Drive, Wedowee, AL 36278—clubhouse area of Chimney Cove at Lake Wedowee
Free to attend and free parking

For more information, contact Chimney Cove sales associate Amanda Parian at 877-873-5292 or Randolph County Animal Shelter fund-raiser Patt High at 256-794-0407. For directions or other information about Chimney Cove, visit

Chimney Cove/Lake Wedowee is located midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, with each being approximately 90 minutes away. For more information about the event, including an hour-by-hour event list, visit

Radio station Eagle 102.3 will be on site for a live broadcast.

The Randolph County Animal Shelter will have a booth at the event and t-shirts for sale. While they will not have animals on-site to adopt (due to concerns of animals getting over-heated), a photo adoption book will be available for viewing at the booth. The shelter has been open for two and a half years and often operates at full capacity. The shelter is working to raise funds to open a spay and neuter clinic to help with pet overpopulation.

Lake Wedowee Air Junkies, Chimney Cove on Lake Wedowee, Wedowee Marine, Randolph County Animal Shelter

Friday, May 07, 2010

Letter Carriers to Help 'Stamp Out Hunger' With Food Drive Saturday in All 50 States

/PRNewswire/ -- Letter carriers across the country will collect non-perishable food donations Saturday (May 8) as they deliver mail along their postal routes in the nation's largest one-day effort to Stamp Out Hunger.

Donations will be collected along postal routes in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the District of Columbia.

The 18th annual Letter Carriers' National Food Drive is being conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) with the assistance of rural letter carriers and other postal employees and volunteers. The postal union is seeking to exceed last year's record 73.4 million pounds of food delivered to community food banks and pantries. It also anticipates breaking the one billion-pound mark in total donations since the humanitarian effort began in 1993.

NALC President Fredric V. Rolando said the donations from postal customers will help millions of American families who have been hurt by the nation's lingering economic difficulties. The drive is especially important at this time for families with children who rely on school lunch programs for nutrition, since most of them are suspended during the summer months.

"Food banks and pantries are in dire need this year as more and more families seek assistance to provide sufficient food for their dinner table," Rolando said. "Many are working families who find that their income simply will not stretch enough to meet all their housing, clothing, medical and nutritional needs."

The public should leave non-perishable food donations - such as canned meat and fish, soup, cereals, pasta and rice - in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday before their letter carrier arrives. Glass containers and items with expired dates should be avoided. (In New York City, residents are asked to take their donations to their local post office).

Over 126 million postcards, sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company and the U.S. Postal Service's Priority Mail, have been mailed to postal customers to remind them of the drive. Other national partners are the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, Valpak, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO and the Feeding America food bank network.

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Monday, May 03, 2010

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta Announces Sara Blakely as the 2010 Honorary Chair

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta is thrilled to announce that Sara Blakely, the inspirational founder and owner of Spanx, Inc., has been selected as the Honorary Chair for the 18th annual fashion show and charity event. Once again benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate and the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund (AAPF), Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta will be hosted by acclaimed retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky and held on Monday, August 30 beginning at 7 p.m. at a venue to be announced.

“Sara Blakely has created the underpinnings for every chic woman to look fabulous in her clothing! We are thrilled that she is allowing us to honor her in this way,” says Event Co-chair Lila Hertz.

Nationally acclaimed entrepreneur Sara Blakely is the founder and owner of Spanx, Inc., the celebrated shapewear brand launched in 2000. As a frustrated consumer, Sara invented footless pantyhose in 1998, spearheading the brand that ultimately led a shapewear revolution. Obsessed with creating comfortable, slimming garments that minimize figure flaws, Blakely has created more than 200 problem-solving products that are designed to promote comfort and confidence in women. Spanx, Inc. recently entered the bra business with the ground-breaking Bra-llelujah!® and in 2006, Sara brought her shapewear know-how to even more women with the national launch of ASSETS®, a collection of shapewear and legwear designed to help women achieve their look for less. Continuing to raise the bar with innovative products women want, in 2009 Sara launched Haute Contour by SPANX®, the dessert of shapewear™. Today, Spanx, Inc. continues to expand and after many years of demand, brings their industry expertise to the beach and pool with swimwear and to men with a redefined compression undershirt. Since launching the Sara Blakely Foundation in 2006, Sara has contributed well over $2 million to causes that support women. Blakely has been named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year; Georgia’s “Woman of the Year”; and is an entertaining and sought-after speaker, sharing her story as a self-made businesswoman. Based in Atlanta, Spanx are sold in America’s finest retailers and boutiques here, as well as high-end retailers all over the world. Since launching the Sara Blakely Foundation in 2006, Sara and Spanx have contributed well over $2 million to causes that support women.

The 18th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta will be co-chaired by Lila Hertz, Louise Sams, and Jeffrey McQuithy. Over the past 17 years, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has grown into one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country, having raised over $8.5 million. Last year, 90 cents of every dollar raised went directly to the event’s beneficiaries, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate and the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund (AAPF).

The annual event includes a Pre-Show Reception, Fashion Show, After Party and Honorary Chair. Additional details about the 2010 event will be announced in the coming months, including venue, Host Committee, and more. For more information on Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta, including Patron and Corporate Sponsorship opportunities, please visit or call 404.420.2997.
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'Ovarian Cycle' Event at Midtown Raises $158,000

Each pedaling for someone special, more than 200 indoor cycle enthusiasts rode for a continuous six hours at Midtown Athletic Club at Windy Hill on April 24 to raise $158,000 for the Atlanta-based charity Ovarian Cycle.

“The energy on the gymnasium floor was over-the-top,” says Ellen Fruchtman, an Ovarian Cycle spokesperson who rode in memory of friend Debbie Flamm, who succumbed to the disease at age 43. An empty bicycle in the front row, adorned with teal balloons—the official color of ovarian cancer—served as both an inspiration and reminder of those who couldn’t ride.

“The participation and enthusiasm in this event was unbelievable,” says Andy Deyo, Midtown General Manager, who temporarily closed the club’s gymnasium and racquet ball court area to provide space for riders and silent auction items. “We continue to be proud to offer Midtown’s resources for this noble and charitable cause.”

Flamm’s passing in 2003 inspired another close friend, Bethany Diamond, to create the charity. Diamond, a Midtown fitness instructor and staunch believer in exercise as a way to reduce cancer risks, sought to honor Flamm by organizing an annual, indoor cycling fundraiser.

Diamond personally led the group for the final hour—the “Hero’s Hour,” she calls it—where the former Ironman competitor read from a list of the names of women who had died from ovarian cancer. With ovarian cancer survivors gathered in the front, everyone in the room clasped hands in a massive chain, and sang the Queen anthem “We Are the Champions.”

“It was a pretty powerful moment,” she says.

Last month, a similar Ovarian Cycle event in Birmingham attracted 76 riders, raising $58,000. More rides are planned this year in Tallahassee, Fla., and Boulder, Colo. In its seventh year, the charity has raised more than $800,000 for research and better detection methods. Donations go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation in New York City, Ovarian Cancer Institute at Georgia Tech, and the Norman Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

To learn more about ovarian cancer, visit