Two former presidents of the BBA, Elizabeth Gill and Donna Kain, unveiled the statue of “Buck.”

By John Schaffner

Just like Chicago’s famous cows and the turtles of Sandy Springs, Buckhead is now about to get “Bucks on the Street.”

The “Bucks on the Street” program was created by the Buckhead Business Association (BBA) to bring awareness and a sense of pride to the Buckhead community by producing “Buck” characters which will be placed strategically throughout Buckhead.

The program, and a undecorated “Buck” statue were unveiled Sept. 23 at a “Celebrating Arts in Buckhead”  at the recently renovated Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, which was attended by a few hundred community business leaders and Buckhead residents. Two former presidents of the BBA, Elizabeth Gill and Donna Kain, unveiled the statue.

The original Buck artwork for the statues was designed by Atlanta native Jack Davis, one of the first Buckhead Boys and the illustrator who created the Alfred E. Neuman character for MAD magazine. He now lives on the Georgia coast.

The Celebrating Arts in Buckhead event was a fundraiser to kick off renovation of Charlie Loudermilk Park, which is in the triangle at Roswell and Peachtree roads across the street from Buckhead Theatre. Loudermilk also purchased and renovated the old Roxy Theater in to the new Buckhead Theatre.

Beginning in January 2011, Buck statues will be hand painted in designs created by local artists  and sold or auctioned for placement around the Buckhead community. Sponsorship levels for the Bucks are $10,000 for a 10-point Buck, $7,500 for an 8-point Buck, $5,000 for a 6-point Buck and $3,200 for a Fawn.

The proceeds from Bucks on the Street will benefit the Buckhead Business Foundation, which will be a 501(c)(3) organization formed by the BBA. Funds will be used to support education programs and community assistance programs.  Contact Jenn Thomas, BBA executive director, at info@buckheadbusiness.org or by calling 404-467-7607.