Climbers gearing up to scale 55 flights of stairs during fundraiser

Good Works: Anna Ferguson

Sitting in the heart of the city, it's Suzanne Spann's personal Mount Everest. It's 55 flights of stairs - more than 1,370 steps - straight up to the top of the BentleyForbes-Bank of America Plaza building on Peachtree Street. And Spann is determined to climb every last one.

Why doesn't she just take the elevator to the top? That would defeat the whole purpose of Climb Atlanta, a key fundraising event for the American Lung Association.

"I am working out regularly to make sure I am ready. Climb Atlanta is a real fitness test," said Spann, a Duluth resident and participator in Climb Atlanta. "The best part might be the elevator ride down."

Nearly 1,000 climbers will participate in Climb Atlanta on Saturday to raise money and awareness for the American Lung Association Southeast Region's fight for clean air and healthy lungs. In the climb, participants trek to the top of the BentleyForbes-Bank of America Plaza building in Atlanta, which is the tallest building in the Southeast and the 24th tallest building in the world. Some attendees are in it to win it, but others simply walk for the experience, said Donna Brazzell, coordinator of Climb Atlanta.

"Some participants come to race, and others plan to go at their own pace," Brazzell said. "There is also a special category for firefighters climbing in uniform, (where) they will use this challenge as a training exercise."

Tall buildings or high climbs make you nervous? No problem, as virtual climbers are also encouraged to participate.

Registration for Climb Atlanta ends Tuesday and there is no registration on race day. The entry fee is $30 for virtual climbers, $35 for participants or $25 for firefighters and students. A minimum of $1 per flight of stairs, or $55 total fundraising, is suggested.

The climb will begin at 10 a.m., with check-in at 9 p.m. Following the climb, an awards ceremony will be held as well as an afternoon of entertainment and music. Call 770-434-5864 or visit www.climbatlanta.org.

Fundraiser to help

disabled adults

The Annandale Jazzy Thing fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hamilton Mill Business Center, 4325 Hamilton Mill Road, Buford. Proceeds from the event will benefit Annandale Village, a Suwanee nonprofit group that helps adults with developmental disabilities. A Nevada-style casino, silent auction, dancing and Cajun food will be featured. Tickets start at $75 per person. Call 770-945-8381 or visit www.registereasy.org/jazzy.

Be a queen

for the cure

Queens for a Cure will host the Miss Gwinnett Relay for Life 2007 Benefit Pageant from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sugarloaf United Methodist Church, 1795 Old Peachtree Road, Duluth. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Miss Gwinnett Relay For Life 2007 is open to all contestants ages 5 years and older. Call 770-560-4141 or visit www.queensforacure.com.

Casino gala to aid cancer research

The Evening of Hope: Monte Carlo gala will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, N.W., Atlanta. The gala is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and will feature casino games, including blackjack and roulette tables. Cocktail attire is requested. Tickets are $200. Call 404-315-1123.

Creekland will wash for a cure

Creekland Middle School's Relay for Life team will host a car-wash fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Good Year on the corner of Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Taylor roads in Lawrenceville. All money raised will be donated to Relay for Life.

Pedal for the poor to raise money for feeding centers

Pedal for the Poor Bike Race and Family Festival will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Suwanee Town Center Park, located at the intersection of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. The one-hour bike ride will raise money for Amigos for Christ's four Nicaraguan school feeding centers. The festival will include live entertainment, a rock climbing wall and family activities. For more information, call 770-614-9250 or visit www.amigosforchrist.org.

FODAC will

walk and roll at Stone Mountain

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children will hold the Walk 'n' Roll and Silent Auction starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Stone Mountain Park, located at exit 8 on U.S. Highway 78 in Stone Mountain. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and walkers will meet in the Crossroads parking lot. Visit www.fodac.org.

Hands on Atlanta reaches out

to youth

Hands on Atlanta will celebrate National and Global Youth Service Day Saturday with the Hands on Atlanta's Youth Service Program. Volunteers under 25 years old can sign up to volunteer with Georgia Tech's Beautification Day, held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. A Celebration of Service afternoon will follow the project from noon to 2 p.m. at Georgia Tech's student center. Call 404-979-2839 or visit www.HandsOnAtlanta.org.

Sample sale

to aid animals

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center will hold a sample sale of rugs, home furnishings and accessories to benefit the Atlanta Humane Society from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22. Atlanta Decorative Arts Center is located at 349 Peachtree Hills Ave., suite A5, Atlanta. Call 404-995-9596 or visit www.samplesaleatlanta.com.