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Kristin Conners is a member of a special society. Fellow associates are bonded through shared experiences, joys and pains.
Conners has a child with cancer, and like so many other mothers, she has trudged through the hospital trenches with a strong will and a cache of emotions. These women are silent heroes, carrying the burden of a sick child and family on their shoulders.
Chris Glavine has a membership badge, too. When Connors and Glavine, wife of former Braves pitcher Tom Glavine, met through mutual friends, they realized how many mothers out there were dealing with this hardship. And how desperately these women needed a day off.
To celebrate the strength and fortitude of these mothers, Glavine and Connors will host the third annual Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes luncheon gala and auction fundraiser Sept. 29. Held at the Westin in Buckhead, the gala will be catered by the hotel, and offer a day off for more than 100 mothers.
"Some of these mothers never see each other outside of the hospital. They never see them dressed up and with make-up on," Connors said. "This is a time for these moms to come together and share and celebrate. A lot of mothers will make a whole weekend out of it."
The luncheon has been a sell-out for the two previous years, and Connors expects no less this time around. At press time, about 465 of the available 500 tickets had been sold, with 100 complimentary tickets available to the mothers. A father's table, too, will be offered during the event.
"We understand that the dads have just as hard a time as the mothers," Connors said.
Guest speakers during the event will include Melanie Goldish, founder of SuperSibs, a nonprofit organization for the siblings of cancer patients; and Jill Becker, an 11 Alive news anchor who has dealt with the struggles of having a child with cancer.
The luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Westin Buckhead, 3391 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. Tickets are $125 per person. Funds from the luncheon and auction will be donated to CURE Childhood Cancer. Visit www.quietheroes.org.
Lawrenceville girl wins art contest
Mei Lan certainly appreciated the party, even if she couldn't verbally express the sentiment.
To help celebrate the Zoo Atlanta panda's first birthday, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta created artwork for the Paint the Panda contest. The contest was sponsored by the zoo in cooperation with the International Paint Pals program, which uses the arts to address issues related to youth culture.
Among the three winning artists was 11-year-old Anyssah Johnson, a member of the Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club, who created "I'm All Alone in the Bamboo Zoo."
Artwork was submitted by Atlanta youth, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta members from Gwinnett, DeKalb, Marietta, Paulding and Douglas counties, and children from other locations.
Kiwanis to take to the green
The Kiwanis Club of North Gwinnett will hold a fundraising golf tournament at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Hamilton Mill Golf Club, 1995 Hamilton Mill Parkway, Dacula. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the cost is $115. Call 770-561-2896.
Tanger Outlets offers discount cards for a cure
Tanger Outlets malls will offer a discount card to raise money for breast cancer research and the American Cancer Society.
The Pink Card, sold for $1, is good for a 25 percent discount on purchases. It will be available Thursday through Oct. 20. The card will be redeemable at all Tanger Outlets across the country. Call 1-800-4-TANGER or www.tangeroutlet.com.
Simon says stay in school
The Simon Youth Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides educational and career development opportunities to youth, recently awarded scholarships to students in the Gwinnett area.
Mall of Georgia's $1,500 Community Scholarship was awarded to Jennica Jenkins of Buford. Gwinnett Place Mall's $2,500 Award of Excellence was given to Deju Wooden of Snellville, and its $1,500 Community Scholarship was awarded to Denise Adegoke of Snellville.
All three students were among a select number of high school seniors nationwide to be awarded by the foundation.
Clothing drive marks anniversary
Employees of PointClear celebrated the company's 10-year anniversary in July with a clothing drive for the Foster Children's Foundation, Inc.
The Duluth foundation helps meet the economic and educational needs of foster children by combining the efforts of public, business and private sectors. PointClear is a Norcross-based marketing services provider. Visit www.pointclear.com or www.fosterchildrensfoundation.org.
Radio station surpasses fundraising goal
During a radiothon held July 12, Sports Radio 790 The Zone raised more than $300,000 for Camp Twin Lakes, a camp for children with serious illnesses and other life challenges.
The money raised surpassed the $200,000 goal and more than doubled the funds raised during the 2006 radiothon. The Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation of Georgia donated $100,000, the largest single gift of the day. Visit www.camptwinlakes.org.