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Morgan Stanley brings Easter egg hunt to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Morgan Stanley brings Easter egg hunt to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Local volunteers from Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s Buckhead Complex in Atlanta planned an Easter egg hunt, a petting zoo (including adorable bunnies) and other fun activities for the children in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on April 17.

Held at The Zone at Children’s at Scottish Rite, where children recovering from illnesses go to play, relax and get out of their hospital rooms, 15 Morgan Stanley volunteers set up activity centers and celebrated as the Easter Bunny arrived to take photos with each of the children.

“Bringing joy to others and volunteering our time to be with these fantastic children and their families going through a challenging time is a highlight of our jobs,” said Michael Outlaw, Morgan Stanley Managing Director and Complex Manager.

This is the second year in a row that Morgan Stanley has hosted this event.

 

Teens of Excellence Prom Closet Program needs formalwear donations for Male and Female Teens

Teens of Excellence Prom Closet Program needs formalwear donations for Male and Female Teens

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Housing Authority of Fulton County (HAFC) and the Resident Advisory Board (RAB) want donations of formal wear and accessories for the fifth annual “Teens of Excellence” Prom Closet Program.

HAFC is seeking donations of gently used and clean prom/formal dresses and tuxedoes of all sizes for high school seniors graduating in May 2014. Donations of larger size formal wear are especially needed.

The program seeks to help single parents, grandparents and/or guardians on fixed incomes to provide prom wear without the disappointing choice of saying no to a teen about purchasing formalwear because of limited income.

The formal wear is provided to high school seniors, with priority given to Housing Authority of Fulton County residents. In 2013, more than 250 high school seniors in Fulton County received donated formal clothing to wear to their proms.

As in previous years, items needed for the 2014 Prom Closet include:

Every player wins with All About Developmental Disabilities Bocce Ball League

Every player wins with All About Developmental Disabilities Bocce Ball League

ATLANTA -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), an Atlanta-based advocacy group focusing on developmental disabilities issues, launches the new season in April of their bocce league for young adults in Roswell, Sandy Springs, Woodstock and Johns Creek. The program connects people with developmental disabilities to those without, in the 20 to 30 age range.

The AADD Bocce Ball league is seeking participants to play games and model good social skills for these young people with developmental disabilities.

After graduating from high school at age 21, young people with developmental disabilities very often become socially isolated as their high school friends head off to college or careers, explained Michael Stinson, AADD’s manager of recreation and wellness. By age 25, their social network has often all but vanished.

Whole Foods looking for local charity to receive donation

Whole Foods looking for local charity to receive donation

(WXIA) -- Four times a year, Whole Foods Market holds 5% Day, where five percent of a day's net sales is given to a local nonprofit.

The Atlanta-area Whole Foods and Harry's Farmers Market locations are looking for a deserving local charity to receive the proceeds from the next 5% Day, which will be Tuesday, Apr. 8.

Nonprofits interested in applying can visit wholefoodsmarket.com for more information. The application deadline is Monday, Mar. 10 at 5 p.m. Organizations that are not chosen will be kept on a list for future consideration.

Whole Foods has locations in Buckhead, Duluth, East Cobb, Midtown Atlanta, North Druid Hills and Sandy Springs. Harry's Farmers Market has two stores -- Alpharetta and Marietta. All eight locations will participate in 5% Day.

Andee's Army 5K helps kids with non-traumatic brain injuries

Andee's Army 5K helps kids with non-traumatic brain injuries

SANDY SPRING, Ga. -- Andee’s Army, Inc.,  invites runners and fitness enthusiasts to register for the third annual Andee’s Army 5K Run/Walk event to be held March 22, 8:30 a.m., at Riverwood High School. The event started three years ago in honor of 17-year-old Andee Poulos of Sandy Springs, then a student at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, and supports children and their families who are receiving medical treatment for non‐traumatic brain injuries.

This year’s event will start and finish on Raider Drive after a popular two-year run on Mount Vernon at Holy Innocents'l. Organizers hope a change of course will prove popular with competitors at both the HIES and Riverwood communities. “The course change reflects the positive partnership between our private and public school communities in Sandy Springs. Both schools are overflowing with enthusiasm to provide volunteers and recruit runners to support Andee’s Army,” said Lisa Kennedy, board chairman of Andee’s Army.

Battle of the Bands fundraiser hits Buckhead Theatre Feb. 28

Battle of the Bands fundraiser hits Buckhead Theatre Feb. 28

ATLANTA -- Local bands will battle it out for a good cause on Friday, Feb. 28, when “Hope Grows: Battle of the Bands” tunes up in The Buckhead Theatre. Proceeds from the event, from 8-11 p.m., go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).

More than 100 teens from 10 Atlanta-area high schools are participating in the fundraiser, which features music, dinner provided by Chick-fil-A, and raffle prizes from the Atlanta Hawks, Woo Skincare & Cosmetics and more.

“I love it that high-school students from across the city have come together to support this one cause,” said Anne-Claire Pittman, co-president of the CHOA girlFriends group and an HIES senior. “Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has provided thousands of children in our city, state and country with exceptional and sometimes life-saving medical care.  I think it’s important to give back to something that gives so much to children in need, regardless of their family’s economic situation.”

Georgia's Safest Cities: 31-40

Georgia's Safest Cities: 31-40

(WXIA) -- Auburn, Ga., in Barrow and Gwinnett counties, has been named Georgia's safest city.

Security company SafeWise used FBI crime data and its own private research to compile its list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia. A number of this year's selections are in metro Atlanta.

See the top 10 safest cities here. Numbers 31 through 40 include:

31. Loganville
32. Smyrna
33. Sandy Springs
34. Waynesboro
35. Powder Springs
36. McDonough
37. Austell
38. Decatur
39. Doraville
40. Jackson