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Fonda will premiere 'Georgia Rule' as a fundraiser for G-CAPP

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Jane Fonda is many things. She is a two-time Academy Award-winning actress. She is a former fashion model and a political activist. She is a Georgia resident and, most recently, is star of the upcoming "Georgia Rule."

On Monday evening, she will combine all these things to be the host at the premiere of her latest movie, an event that will also serve as a major fundraiser for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

"Oh, yes, she will be there. Jane is very much involved with the whole campaign," said Michelle Ozumba, executive director of G-CAPP.

Founded in 1995 by Fonda, G-CAPP aims to eliminate adolescent pregnancy in the state by developing and supporting ideas and programs that promote the healthy development of teens.

"We're a community-based program that, primarily, tries to prevent teen pregnancy," Ozumba said.

The foundation offers three community programs to support Georgia adolescents, including an intensive year-round, multi-year, after-school and summer program that is designed to improve academic skills and prevent teenage pregnancy through developing personal goals and aspirations.

As part of another project, called DOULA, women from local communities provide emotional and physical support to both teen mothers and babies during pregnancy, delivery and the weeks after birth.

Thirdly, G-CAPP's Second Chance Homes, located throughout Georgia, provide safe and structured living for teen parents and their children.

G-CAPP's influence reaches throughout the state, with two offices in Atlanta and a location in Gainesville. Especially in Georgia, this organization is drastically needed, Ozumba said. When G-CAPP started, Georgia had the highest rate of teen pregnancies in the nation. Currently, the state is ranked 42nd.

"We've made a lot of progress since we started," she said. "But we're not content being complacent. We have a lot further to go. Our main priority is education."

The foundation isn't limited to girls, and works with equal ferocity to educate boys about pregnancy and prevention.

"Boys need this education just as much as girls do," Ozumba said. "It takes both to make a baby. The responsibility shouldn't be all on one person's shoulders."

The Atlanta premiere of "Georgia Rule" will be a primary fundraiser this year for the foundation, raising one-third of the organization's budget. In past years, Ozumba said, Fonda has premiered movies with Robert Redford and other celebrities, often to a sold-out crowd.

In "Georgia Rule," Fonda stars alongside Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan. The comedy-drama tells the story of a rebellious teenager (Lohan) who is sent to live with her ultra strict grandmother, Georgia (Fonda), in hopes that it will get her back on a straight path. The film is rated R and will be released nationwide on Friday.

The premiere will be held at 6 p.m. at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Tickets are $750 per person. Call 404-475-6061 or visit www.gcapp.org.

Flower garden

raises awareness for cancer

In an effort to increase breast cancer awareness, Soft and Dri has launched an online Awareness Garden to support the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. Each flower planted online represents a 25-cent donation to Y-ME. The goal is to plant 100,000 flowers and raise $25,000 between today and May 14.

The launch of the garden coincides with Y-ME's Mother's Day Walk to Empower events, which raise money for Y-ME's programs and services, offered free of charge to those dealing with breast cancer. The Atlanta three-mile Empowerment Walk will be held at 8 a.m. May 13 at Grant Park in Atlanta. There is no fee to register, but Y-ME encourages all Walk participants to set a goal to raise $100.

For more information, visit www.atlantawalk.y-me.org or www.softndri.com.

Girl Scout troop to give away clothing

The New Horizon Service Girl Scout troop 1041 will hold a free clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon today at Almost Home Childcare, 1267 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville. For more information, call 440-655-5437.

Fashion show works to bring hope

UNICEF will host its fifth and final Design for Hope fashion show at 6 p.m. today at the Intercontinental Hotel, 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. The evening will feature a fashion show, auctions and entertainment to benefit the Southeast Chapter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, which provides care and support for more than 15 million children who have lost one or both parents to HIV or AIDS. Call 404-881-2700 or visit www.DesignsofHope.org or www.unicefusa.org.

Tea to benefit Quinn House

Level Creek United Methodist Church will host Around the World Tea and silent auction to benefit the Quinn House and Interdenominational Coop Fund. The tea will be held at 3 p.m. today at the church, 844 Suwanee Dam Road, Suwanee. Call 770-945-0205 or e-mail Pat Frost, church secretary, at patlcumc@bellsouth.net.

Kiwanis Club will host golf tournament

The Kiwanis Club of Duluth will host a charity golf tournament on Tuesday at St. Marlo Country Club in Duluth. The entry fee for individual golfers is $160, which includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, dinner and a gift package. Call 404-386-5806 or visit www.duluthkiwanis.org.

Golf classic assists special- needs children

The FORE Golf Classic will begin at noon Wednesday at Bear's Best, 5342 Aldeburgh Drive, Suwanee. The fundraising event is a partnership between the Atlanta Bread Company and FOCUS: Families Of Children Under Stress, a nonprofit group that helps families of special-needs children. Individual registration is $225 or $900 for a team of four, and includes a cart and greens fees, driving range, lunch, dinner and a gift bag. Visit www.focus-ga.org.

ART Station

hosts yard sale

ART Station will host a fundraising yard sale at 8 a.m. Saturday in the ART Station parking lot, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. Pieces of ART Station artwork, household items and lawn ornaments are among items to be sold. A limited number of retail spaces are available for rent for $20. To reserve a space, call 770-469-1105.