Survivors will model fashions to benefit breast cancer

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Next weekend offers a chance to catch up on the latest fashion trends while also supporting breast cancer research. The Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer will hold its second annual spring fashion show and luncheon May 7 at AmericasMart in Atlanta. This year's show, "The Walk of Fame: A Celebration of Celebrities and Survivors," will start at 12:30 p.m. at AmericasMart, 240 Peachtree St. in Atlanta.

Models - including breast cancer survivors as well as WXIA's Karyn Greer, Miss Georgia 2005 Tanisha Brito, "The Bert Show's" Melissa Carter and Jenn Hobby, and the Atlanta Silverbacks' Leslie Gastion and Laura Fedrigo - will show off the latest clothing trends and styles from Parisian.

The Norcross-based Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer raises money for breast cancer awareness, research and support organizations. Tickets for the fashion show are $40 and include a seated luncheon. To order tickets, visit www.2daywalk.org or call 404-531-4111.

School plans

golf tournament

The seventh annual Murray-Grest School Golf Classic, to raise money for the school's 2006-2007 school year, will be held May 7 at the Trophy Club at Apalachee in Dacula.

Murray-Grest is a small private school located in the Unitarian Universalists Congregation of Gwinnett Building at 12 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. The school teaches children by exploring, discussing, and discovering, and by connecting new skills and information to what they already know, according to its Web site.

Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin and the top three teams. The cost is $100, which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, a catered lunch, range time and a gift pack. Check-in is at noon and golfers will tee off at 2 p.m.

For more information, call 770-717-0388 or visit www.themurray-grestschool.com.

Walk will raise money for

autism research

Atlanta Cure Autism Now's Walk Now 2006 is scheduled for Saturday at Turner Field in Atlanta. The annual 5K walk raises awareness of the disease and raises funds for autism research and outreach. According to the group, a child is diagnosed with autism every 21 minutes. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Register at www.walknow.org or by calling 888-8-AUTISM.


will support

anti-poverty groups

Share Our Strength's 18th annual Taste of the Nation, a fundraiser for anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs, will run from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Aquarium.

Share Our Strength has raised more than $180 million since 1984 to address the immediate and root causes of hunger and poverty. Seventy percent of profits will be distributed to Atlanta agencies including the Atlanta Community Food Bank's Atlanta's Table, Genesis Shelter and Project Open Hand; 10 percent will be distributed throughout Georgia and 20 percent will go to other national and international organizations.

The Taste of the Nation event will include elegant specialty food samplings, live and silent auctions, wine tastings and live entertainment. Tickets are $175 for general admission and $275 for VIP admission, which includes access to a VIP reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.atlantataste.org or call 770-436-5151. For more information about Share Our Strength, visit www.strength.org.

Emergency housing shelter to open

in Roswell

The Drake House, a new emergency housing shelter in Roswell, will hold a grand opening event from 2 to 4 p.m. today. Local restaurants will offer special dishes, and games and live entertainment will also be available at this family event.

The Drake House will offer emergency housing for homeless women and children in the north Fulton County area. The house will be able to serve up to 44 temporarily homeless people at a time, and it will offer counseling, education and financial management programs to help families become self-sufficient.

HomeAid Atlanta, a nonprofit group that builds and renovates transitional housing for the temporarily homeless, and O'Dwyer Homes helped with the construction. The Drake House is located at 10525 Clara Drive in Roswell. For more information, visit www.homeaidatlanta.org.