The sixth annual Boots and Blue Jeans Gala to benefit the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation is Friday, Oct. 23, from 7 to11 p.m. at the American Cancer Society Center. There will be a dinner, silent auction and live entertainment. For details and to purchase tickets call (404) 489-1556 or visit www.gradyhealthsystemfoundation.org/bbj09
The Marcus Autism Center presents its fifth annual Big Splash at the Georgia Aquarium on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Attendees at The Masque, a black tie optional masquerade ball, will enjoy a night of drama and intrigue with live entertainment from The Neons, food from Wolfgang Puck, special performers, gaming tables and more. Tickets are $500 per person and are available at www.marcus.org. Aquarium founder Bernie Marcus and his wife Billi (pictured below left) are co-hosting the event.
Green Pastures Christian School’s (GPCS) annual fund raising event, Chastain at Green Pastures, is set for Saturday, Oct. 3, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be food and live music on the school grounds, 5455 Flat Shoals Parkway. Individual donations are $20. Money raised from the event will support after school programs. (770) 987-8121.
The YWCA Open Your Purse event is set for Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. at the InterContinental Buckhead, 3315 Peachtree Rd. The event raises funds and awareness for the YWCA’s Women in Transition (WIT) and Supportive Housing program. The event showcases hundreds of handbags (including celebrity signed and designer bags), which attendees can purchase during a live and silent auction. www.ywcaatlanta.org.
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign to get kids reading at an early age is hoping to have a million children and adults reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar on Oct. 8. For more details: www.readfortherecord.org.
Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool’s Beat the Street for Little Feet fundraiser is Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. There will be a 5K race and one-mile fun run. To register, visit www.oakhurstcoop.org.
The Downtown Transportation Management Association is hosting the Walk There Challenge the entire month of October. The program is to encourage Downtown workers to improve their health, reduce traffic and support local businesses. The person who logs the most steps during the month will win prizes. Free pedometers and “walking kits” are available to the first 1,500 people to register online at www.downtowntma.com. On Thursday, Oct. 15 at sundown the comedy Rush Hour will be screened in Woodruff Park as part of the challenge.
Hands on Atlanta Day is Saturday, Oct. 3, and more than 10,000 people are expected to join for this day of service. The 20th anniversary event’s biggest projects are renovations at the Butler Street YMCA and clean-up days and landscaping at South Bend Park and at Bethune Elementary School. If you want to get involved in this day of service, visit www.handsonatlantaday.org.
The 2009 Atlanta Pride Festival is being held Halloween weekend this year and returns to Piedmont Park on Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. The park will be filled with artists, information booths, live entertainment and much more. The Pride Parade will step off from the Civic Center and make its way up to the park on Sunday.
www.atlantapride.org for the latest.
The second annual Dance for PIGS fundraiser will be held Friday, Oct. 30, from 8:30 p.m. until midnight at The Solarium in Oakhurst, 321 West Hill St. The event raises money and awareness for the PIGS Sanctuary in West Virginia, which is refuge for abused, and unwanted animals. For more information, visit www.danceforpigs.com.
The Monumental Ball to benefit the Morningside Lenox Park Associatio n is Friday, Oct. 16, at Magnolia Hall in Piedmonnt Park. www.monumentalball.org.
“Do The 2!” with thousands of Atlantans on Oct. 3 and 4 at the seventh annual Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. This year’s 30-mile walk returns to downtown Atlanta with many exciting highlights. Opening ceremonies will begin Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Closing ceremonies will take place Sunday at Zoo Atlanta. “Operation Wipe Out Breast Cancer” is the theme and goal behind this year’s 2-Day Walk. The weekend will honor survivors, as well as the memories of those who have been lost to breast cancer. Saturday’s highlights include a special lunch stop at Agnes Scott College and a special Saturday night dinner party to celebrate the walkers and crew who continue to support the fight against breast cancer. Sunday’s closing ceremonies at Zoo Atlanta include a family friendly festival; Q100 will broadcast live from the event and Radio Disney will be on hand with family-oriented activities. (404) 531-4111 or www.2daywalk.org.
The Decorator Showhouse for the Cure, which will be open for tours Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 at The Brookwood, is the work of breast cancer survivor, Jillian Pritchard Cooke, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and Design in New York. Jillian’s Atlanta-based interior design firm, DES-SYN, integrates sustainable, eco-sensitive interiors with an emphasis on Wellness Within Your Walls. All furniture, accessories and fabrics inside the home are non-toxic, low emission, recycled or environmentally-friendly. DES-SYN also worked with Laura Turner Seydel to design her home, EcoManor, which was the first LEED-certified residence in the Southeast. Entry to the Showhouse for the Cure is free, with tax-deductible donations to the foundation accepted on-site. The home will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Brookwood is at 1820 Peachtree Road. (404) 944-9619.
Sage in Buckhead, 37 West Paces Ferry, will host the Fashion with Passion runway show on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. The fashion show is a kick off to the month long celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Models from Elite as well as local survivors will strut their stuff on the catwalk unveiling the seasons must haves and the Sage specialty tees at 8 p.m. A portion of sales from the evening will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Sage Tees will be on sale at each Sage location as well as online all month long with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the charity. www.sageclothing.com.