Spa event will benefit Students Without Mothers group

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.

It's just this simple: Women don't spend enough time at the spa.

Instead of relaxing, rejuvenating and connecting with their inner selves, they spend endless hours in the office, only to sprint off to PTA meetings and then dash home to whip up family meals. With all this stress, who has time for a massage?

"The bottom line is that people just don't go to the spa enough," said Joanne Conley, owner of Mind and Body Spa, with locations in Alpharetta and Atlanta. "There's a long list of health benefits for getting massages. It helps you relax and it helps with circulation. After a massage, you just feel better, body and mind."

Now, spa-goers can add another benefit to getting massages: helping kids go to college. Diva Day Out is a double-fold feel-good program, indulging women while at the same time raising funds for Students Without Mothers. The foundation provides educational scholarships to young people who have lost their mothers to death, incarceration, illness or other situations.

During a Diva Day Out event, women gather at Mind and Body Salon to receive a four-hour package of treatments, such as facials, pedicures and massages. A champagne brunch and gift bags are also included, not to mention the renewed sense of well-being often associated with relaxation.

"Massages create a complete sense of wellness," Conley said. "I see people leaving with a change in their attitude because they feel calm and relaxed. You can see a healthy change in their face and skin and eyes."

A Diva Day Out excursion costs $250 per person, with proceeds donated to Students Without Mothers.

"Really, the whole program is a win-win," Conley said.

The first Diva Day Out event will be held June 4 at Mind and Body Spa, located at 5250 Windward Parkway in Alpharetta. Events will be held weekly throughout the year, with a goal to net a minimum of $12,000 for the foundation by the end of 2007, said D.M. Kelly, an executive assistant with Diva Day Out.

When Conley was contacted by the Diva Day Out program to be the host location, she jumped at the chance, noting that she's four months pregnant and - literally - has a growing soft spot for anything family-related.

"It was a great opportunity to help moms and kids," she said. "I'm really hoping it becomes a huge success and helps a lot of people."

For more information on Diva Day Out, visit www.divadayout.com.

Queens band

together to net funds for Relay

Queens for a Cure's third annual Miss Gwinnett Relay for Life 2007 Benefit Pageant, held April 21, raised $8,500 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser. Founded by Lacie Smith, Queens for a Cure is an organization that was created to involve and unite past and present pageant queens from all pageant systems, as well as their families and friends, in the fight against cancer. Visit www.queensforacure.com.

Ice cream fun

day helps kids

Children's Wish Foundation International is hosting All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream FUNday from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. The community ice cream party is a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, which grants wishes of sick children. A $5 donation for adults and $3 for children is requested. Call 770-393-9474 or visit www.childrenswish.org