Bodies as a Work of Art benefit flies high in third year of sexy painted fun

Five years after his death, Atlanta painter Paul Chelko's love of edgy art, the human form and empowerment of women continued to inspire the artists and models involved in Saturday night's third annual Bodies as a Work of Art charitable fundraiser.

Girl Rising receives emotional Atlanta premiere

For former Atlanta City Council president and onetime mayoral candidate Lisa Borders, just days into replacing the iconic Ingrid Saunders Jones as Vice-President of Global Community Connections and Coca-Cola Foundation chair, Monday night’s screening of Girl Rising should have been an easy assignment. But the documentary, focusing on the stories of nine girls from across the globe who are beaten, raped, and sold into slavery as they bravely battle to get educations, is anything but easy. The film, produced by the Intel Corporation and distributed by CNN Films, features narration by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, and Selena Gomez. It is equally empowering, educational, and at points, harrowing to watch.

Erin Brockovich, Rufus Wainwright among celebs expected for Captain Planet gala

In order for this year’s Captain Planet Foundation gala co-chair Cara Isdell Lee to fit into the chic couture created especially for her for the upcoming December 6 fundraiser at the Georgia Aquarium, she had to bang back quite a few cans of Coke this fall. Yes, you read that correctly. And technically speaking, for Lee’s dress to exist at all, she and her friends, her husband, her hairdresser, her babysitter, her babysitter’s boyfriend and even the dress designer, Savannah College of Art & Design graduate Rachel Henderson were required to empty approximately 130 cans of Coca-Cola in its trademark red can. It took that many aluminum vessels to create the hand hole-punched sequins for Lee’s red and silver recycled eco-friendly outfit.

Women of Style & Substance honored at CHOA benefit

The honorees being feted and fed at Monday’s sixth annual Women of Style & Substance luncheon benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at the St. Regis hotel in Buckhead could rightfully be lauded for their philanthropic endeavors. But these same eight women also possess the ability to effortlessly glide down a fashion runway in fabulous frocks (and dangerously high heels) in front of a sold-out crowd consisting of hundreds of the city’s most high profile women. This was, of course, after they braved a hellacious valet line that snaked down West Paces Ferry and threatened to collide with oncoming traffic on Peachtree Road (Note to St. Regis management: When your ballroom guests use “Did you park across the street at Whole Foods and run across West Paces Ferry too?!” as a luncheon conversation ice breaker, it may be time to re-evaluate your current valet parking set up).

Banter and big bucks at Jane Fonda’s annual G-CAPP Fundraiser

Jane Fonda hosted her annual benefit fundraiser for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential at Woodruff Arts Center with a screening of her new movie.

Jane Fonda honors (and interviews!) Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Just like those rare collectibles on eBay, Jane Fonda’s canary yellow 2013 Oscars dress, personally created for her by designer Donatella Versace on display Thursday night, had a Buy It Now price for the time-crunched consumer: $50,000. The dress served as the eye-catching silent auction centerpiece at the annual EmPower Party benefit for the Fonda-founded Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential at the Georgia Aquarium downtown.

10th annual Toy Party: A Holiday Soiree Survival Guide

For 10 years, the city's gay, lesbian, gay-friendly and children's charitable fundraising communities have banded together on the first Sunday in December to don their holiday finery and collect thousands and thousands of toys for metro-area kids in need. The non-profit For the Kid in All of Us will spend the rest of this month distributing the gifts to dozens and dozens of local charities who serve metro area children. But inevitably, when you try and pack that many immaculately groomed party guests clutching Barbie Dreamhouses into a space even as enormous as AmericasMart Building 3 downtown, a few rules need to apply to ensure the party's success. For the Kid in All of Us president Alison Hall offers attendees a few helpful tips below.

With Southern Season, Harriet Leibowitz brings some shock and awe to the social set

Like a juicy divorce rumor circulating on Tuxedo Road, Southern Season, the exhibition by Atlanta photographer Harriet Leibowitz opening tonight at the Alan Avery Art Company, is certain to generate gossip and a few tantalizing texts. The thought-provoking, sexy, campy, and slightly scandalous show depicts what might be bubbling beneath the shiny surfaces inside the city’s social set. Essentially, it’s Southern Seasons magazine on a hit of acid.

Jimmy & Ted Go to White Castle?

Exactly 21 minutes into a 30-minute conversation between President Jimmy Carter, EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson, billionaire Richard Branson and CNN founder Ted Turner at Friday night's Captain Planet Foundation gala downtown at the Georgia Aquarium, the algae-haired superhero's father smiled for the first time. Scratch that. Ted Turner was grinning from ear to ear. Not coincidentally, the 39th President of the United States sitting next to him had just endorsed the legalization of pot. Hell, Turner even sat up erect in his chair for a split second.

“A Tony Evening” delivers dollars, fresh energy to Alliance Theatre benefit

If someone randomly spun a dial and you stepped out of a time machine and into an Atlanta hotel ballroom hosting one of the city's past-its-prime charitable fundraisers you might ask: "Is this 1996, 1999, 2004 or 2011?"

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