Author donates book's proceeds to Children's Healthcare

Good Works: Anna Ferguson

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Anna Ferguson at 770-963-9205, ext. 1308, or anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com.

After 31-and-a-half years as a sales and management executive for Aflac, Jim Thompson was ready to retire, and in 2005, he jumped off the career ladder.

Unlike some retirees he knows, Thompson didn't land in a place of relaxation. Instead, he stepped into a whole new line of work, writing "These Tips Were Made for Talking" (Tate Publishing, $10.99), a self-help book based on advice he gleaned during his years in business.

"I had collected all these stories and all this advice from these high-power executives, and a while back started thinking that I should write a book," said Thompson, a Columbus resident.

When he first started putting pen to paper, Thompson intended to create a work offering effective selling and management techniques. However, he quickly realized the tips transcended the business world and were beneficial to everyday life.

"These are tips that can help you get organized, plan, communicate better, things that are helpful for everyday living and everyday relationships," he said.

A businessman through and through, Thompson never intended to become a writer. When his book hit shelves in December, he opted to use the experience to leave a greater impact on the world. Rather than keeping the book's profits for himself, Thompson has vowed to donate every dollar to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's cancer center. So far, more than $10,000 has been raised.

"I never wanted this book to be something I did for me," he said. "It was just a goal I had for myself and once I reached that goal, I wanted to do something bigger with it. Now that I have reached my first fundraising goal, I'm going for $20,000. And we'll get there."

Thompson will sign copies of his book on May 12 at Barnes and Noble at the Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. He will also sign copies on May 19 at Barnes and Noble at The Forum, 5141 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross.

Relay for Life rally to be held in Lilburn

The third annual Lilburn Relay for Life Rally will start at 4 p.m. Friday at Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St. in Lilburn. The event, sponsored by the city of Lilburn, Lilburn Women's Club and the Lilburn Business Association, raises money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser. Visit www.lilburnrelayrally.org.

Booster club

to host wine,

food sampling

Savory Sounds of Duluth food and wine tasting will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Red Clay Theatre and Arts Center, 3116 Main St., Duluth. Tickets start at $10. The event is a fundraiser for the Duluth High School band booster association. A silent auction and entertainment from Off the Cobb comedy troupe will be featured. Visit www.duluthwildcatband.org.

Parkwood Farms schedules

open house

Parkwood Farms Therapy Center will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the farm, 2519 Parkwood Road, Snellville. Parkwood Farm offers therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs. The open house will feature services offered at the farm for $10 each, as well as cooking demonstrations for gluten- and casein-free diets. Call 678-344-6821.

Animal shelter

to hold yard sale

Furkids, Inc. will hold a fundraising yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the PetSmart in the Spalding Woods shopping center, 4015 Holcomb Bridge Road, suite 420, Norcross. A second yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and April 29. Furkids is a nonprofit organization that maintains the largest cage-free, no-kill animal shelter in Georgia, as well as a network of foster families who keep homeless pets until they can be adopted into permanent homes. Visit www.furkids.org.

Art gallery's

pampering night to benefit Volley Fest

Carisma Art Gallery will host the Women's Artful Living Expo at 6 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, 15 E. Main St., Buford. Proceeds from the event will support Volley Fest, a local tennis tournament that raises money for breast cancer research. A raffle, door prizes and pampering session will be on hand. Visit www.carismahome.com or www.volleyfest.org.

Tech students

will give cooks

the night off

Student organizations at Georgia Tech will give campus cooks the night off starting at 5 p.m. Thursday. Cooks Night Off is a fundraiser for the Shirlock Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by Georgia Tech students that helps families of college-aged leukemia patients with the financial burdens. Call 229-873-0606 or visit www.shirlock.org.

March of Dimes calls for help

The Northeast Georgia March of Dimes is seeking volunteers for its annual WalkAmerica fundraiser on Saturday at Lake Lanier Islands Holiday Pavilion. Performers, such as musicians, clowns and mimes, are needed for the event's festival, and group or individual volunteers are needed for various tasks. Call 678-546-0023.

Car wash to raise funds for youth

mission trip

Collins Hill Baptist Church will host a car wash beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church, 1612 Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville. The car wash is a fundraiser for the church youth group's mission trip to Trinidad. Call 770-962-0642.

Cure to End Aids fashion show to be

held in Atlanta

Georgia C2EA: Cure to End AIDS charity fashion show will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bruce Almond Community Room, 139 Ralph McGill Blvd. N.E., Atlanta. Designs from Baron Wise and Richard Anderson will be featured, and a reception will follow the show. Admission is a $5 to $20 donation at the door. Visit www.georgiac2ea.org.