Thousands Walk To Defeat ALS

Zee’s Air Force (team captain Zerah “Zee” Gibson in red had) head out at the 2014 ALS Association Walk to Defeat ALS on September 13 at the Georgia World Congress Center International Plaza.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALS ASSOCIATION—GEORGIA CHAPTER

ATLANTA—Nearly twice as many supporters as last year crowded into downtown Atlanta for this year’s Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, Sept. 13. Sarah Embro, ALS Association—Georgia Chapter executive director, commented, “We are excited to report that thanks to the huge groundswell of support generated through the Ice Bucket Challenge, this year’s Walk has raised over $860,000 to date. We are so grateful to all the wonderful people who worked to generate support for the Walk and enabled us to greatly exceed our goal of $575,000.”

The Georgia Chapter’s Walk is one of hundreds taking place this fall across the nation, all with the goal of raising funds to support The Association’s efforts to discover new treatments and a cure through scientific research, expand public policy efforts and empower those living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The Walks also bring hope to those living with ALS and the opportunity for families and friends and others impacted by this devastating disease to spend an uplifting day with others who have been touched by ALS.

The additional funding will enable the ALS Association—Georgia Chapter to:

• Increase support for the Emory ALS Center Clinic in Atlanta and the ALS Clinics at Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital in Augusta and Macon

• Develop additional patient and family services, including statewide support groups, care service consultations and education

• Expand outreach to increase awareness and knowledge of ALS and the ALS Association to patients, families and communities across Georgia

Donations to support the Walk to Defeat ALS are still being accepted. For more information, visit www.alsaga.org.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement and often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. According to the CDC, the incidence of ALS is 3 per 100,000; for comparison, the HIV mortality rate is 2.7 per 100,000 and the firearm homicide rate is 3.6 per 100,000. For unknown reasons, veterans are approximately twice as likely as the general population to develop ALS. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration modestly extends survival.

The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting the disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through nationwide chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. Funds raised in Georgia stay in Georgia to provide services to ALS patients and their families, more than 600 this year. The ALS Association of Georgia provides patient consultation, durable medical equipment loan, children and family counseling, assistive communications, two ALS Clinics hosted by Emory University and Georgia Regents University, and hope for tomorrow through ALS funded research. For more information about The ALS Association – Georgia Chapter, visit www.alsaga.org.


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Georgia Dome Hosts Super Regional Marching Band Competition

ATLANTA, GA—Outstanding high school marching bands from throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia will compete in one of the nation’s most prominent championships, Music for All’s Bands of America Super Regional Championship at Atlanta, presented by Yamaha, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 31st and November 1st.??The championship event, hosted by the North Cobb High School Orchestra, will feature 40 high school marching bands in the preliminary competition, all of which will be evaluated by a panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching band experts. The top 12 bands will advance to the evening finals competition, which will ultimately name the Super Regional Champion. Ken Stanton Music will be the Official Music Store of the event.?? “Bands of America Championships are a program of Music for All, which has a mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all,” according to Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “Active participation in music and arts is a vital part of a meaningful educational experience. The thousands of students who will perform at this championship showcase the dedication, teamwork and mastery required and fostered through music and arts education.”

Schedule?—The preliminary competition begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31 and will conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. Gates will open for the finals at 7:00 p.m. with performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. Missouri State University will perform in exhibition at the conclusion of preliminary performances. Liberty University will perform at the conclusion of finals performances. All times are tentative pending the final schedule of performing bands. Current times will be listed at musicforall.org.

Ticket information?—Ticketing and schedule information is available online at musicforall.org or by calling 800.828.2263. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Standard general admission is $17 for preliminaries on Friday and $19 for preliminaries on Saturday, $23 for finals or $48 for a day pass to both. Children ages 10 and under are free for general admission seats. A $5 off any general admission ticket (individual preliminaries, finals or full day passes) discount will be available at the gate for college students, spectators 11-18 years of age, military members and spouses (military ID required) and spectators age 62 and over.

Music for All (MFA) is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music making. Since 1975, MFA, through its Bands of America and Orchestra America programs, has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, MFA’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. MFA’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in their scholastic environment. MFA’s programs include 20+ annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching band, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival for concert bands, orchestra, jazz and percussion ensembles and national honor bands and orchestras.

Sponsorship Information—Music for All efforts are supported through sponsorships, including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor Yamaha Corporation of America; Official Uniform Sponsor Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Performance Equipment Sponsor Wenger Corporation; Official Student Travel Partner Music Travel Consultants; Title Sponsor of Texas Championships, Texas Dairy Queen®; Corporate Sponsors Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis, Vic Firth Company, Zildjian and U.S. Army; Strategic Advocacy Partner, NAMM; Associate Sponsors DANSR, Remo, Inc., Director’s Showcase International, Delivra and Woodwind & Brasswind; and fall Supporting Sponsor Purdue University. Music for All is also supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Ball Brothers Foundation, George and Frances Ball Foundation, Lilly Endowment Inc.


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Atlanta Track Club to Name 42 High School Athletes to All-Metro Teams

ATLANTA—Participants will have more than one opportunity to win at the Atlanta 10 Miler on Sunday, October 26, 2014, Atlanta Track Club announced. A new on-course challenge appropriately named Conquer Cardiac Hill presented by Mizuno will test runners’ hill climbing ability on one of the most recgonizable stretches of Peachtree Road.

Found approximately seven miles into the 10 mile course, “Cardiac Hill,” is the name given to the stretch of Peachtree Road that rises more than 12 stories in elevation in less than a mile. Participants of Atlanta Track Club’s flagship event, the AJC Peachtree Road Race, are most familiar with the well-known hill and now the Club is offering another opportunity for Atlanta area runners to conquer it. An award, the title of King and Queen of Cardiac Hill, will go to the man and woman who climb the hill the fastest.

Mizuno USA, Atlanta-based running apparel and footwear manufacturer, has teamed up with Atlanta Track Club as the presenting sponsor of the challenge which offers timed splits for participants from the bottom to the top of the hill. Mizuno will be on-site providing motivation as participants attempt to Conquer Cardiac Hill. Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female, as well as to the top 100 fastest particpants up the hill.

The King and Queen of Cardiac Hill will each receive a Mizuno running kit, including a pair of running shoes, and those with the top 100 fastest hill climb times will earn a prize rivaling the coveted top 1000 mug at the AJC Peachtree Road Race. All participants that Conquer Cardiac Hill and finish the Atlanta 10 Miler will be encouraged to visit the Mizuno area at Atlantic Station after the event to learn their hill climb time and share their result on social media for an additional chance to win.

“Anyone who has participated in the AJC Peachtree Road Race knows about Cardiac Hill. Rather than fear this challenging Atlanta landmark, we want our Atlanta 10 Miler participants to celebrate their ability to conquer it,” said Rich Kenah, executive director of Atlanta Track Club. “With that in mind, Atlanta Track Club will make sure this portion of their race experience is one participants look forward to for years to come.”??Registration for the Atlanta 10 Miler is open online at atlantatrackclub.org through October 22. No additional registration is needed to participate in Conquer Cardiac Hill presented by Mizuno. Timing mats will be placed at the bottom of the hill near the intersection of Peachtree Battle and Peachtree Road and at the top of the hill near the corner of Peachtree Road and Collier Road. ??To help prepare participants for the big day, Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno will host training runs near Cardiac Hill in the weeks leading up to the Atlanta 10 Miler. Full details on the training runs are available at atlantatrackclub.org.

In its second year, the Atlanta 10 Miler features an exciting new course that starts and finishes inside Atlantic Station and takes participants on a tour of unbeatable skyline views and tree-lined Buckhead streets. As the featured second stop for participants in Atlanta Track Club’s Triple Peach, this event is a perfect next step after the AJC Peachtree Road Race and a great final tune-up for the Atlanta Half Marathon presented by Northside Hospital on Thanksgiving Day. Held along with the Atlanta 10 Miler, the Atlanta 5K presented by American Family Insurance and the Kilometer Kids Fun Zone provide an event for runners of all abilities and ages to participate. For more information and to register for the event, visit atlantatrackclub.org.

Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 21,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world and the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (atlantahalfmarathon.org), Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.


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Celebrity Golf Classic Announced

Atlanta, GA—Singing sensation and winner of NBC’s TV show “The Voice” Season 6 Josh Kaufman will host a special concert performance on Monday, November 3rd at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee, Georgia. The concert is in conjunction with the Inaugural Enduring Hearts Georgia Celebrity Golf Classic. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Enduring Heart Foundation (www.enduringhearts.org).

The Enduring Hearts Georgia Celebrity Golf Classic features a field of Hall of Fame athletes, musicians, sportscasters, celebrities and other iconic sports figures. The two-day event begins on Sunday, November 2nd with a VIP Welcome Reception at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. The events continue the following day with the Celebrity Golf Classic at The Oconee Course, followed by a Gala Dinner and Concert featuring “Voice” winner and current star of “Pippin” on Broadway in NYC, Josh Kaufman at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation.

Enduring Hearts seeks to enhance lives by funding research to increase the longevity of organ transplants, with a priority towards pediatric transplant recipients and a preference of research that benefits vital organs such as the heart. The results of the funded research projects will contribute to the knowledge about many aspects of the clinical and scientific transplantation, including the mechanisms of long-term organ deterioration, the consequence of tissue injury and the opportunities to intervene in these processes.

“We are thrilled to host our inaugural Georgia Celebrity Golf Classic at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, to help raise awareness and funds for our charity foundation,” said Sean McCall, President of Enduring Hearts. “We look forward to utilizing the success of our Celebrity Golf Classic to spread our message of increasing the longevity of heart transplants. We are so thankful to all our sponsors, participants and celebrities that are helping make this a reality and look forward to a great event.”

“We are so proud that the Enduring Hearts foundation has entrusted us with hosting this inaugural tournament” said Mark Lammi Vice President, Golf Operations at Reynolds Plantation.

Confirmed celebrities to date include Jason Varitek, Former MLB Catcher & 3x All Star; David Greene, Former NFL & University of Georgia QB; Dorsey Levens, Former NFL RB & Pro Bowler; Chris Doleman, Former NFL DE & 8x Pro Bowler; Van Earl Wright, Sportscaster; Shawn Drover, Musician & Megadeth Drummer; Burt Jones, Former University of Georgia football player; Chuck Smith, Former NFL DE & All-Pro; Marcus Stroud, Former NFL DT & 3x Pro Bowler; Danny Ware, Former NFL RB & Super Bowl Champion; Andre Aldridge, NBA TV Sportscaster; Jeremy Thomas, Former University of Georgia RB; Horace King, Former NFL & University of Georgia RB; and more.

For information on sponsorships and playing spots, please contact John Swidzinski at john@cmpr.net or call 310-426-9900.

Enduring Hearts is a nonprofit organization that awards operating grants to established members of academic staff at universities, transplant centers, and research institutes for research projects in organ transplantation. Enduring Hearts seeks to enhance lives by funding research to increase the longevity of organ transplants. The results of the funded research projects will contribute to the knowledge about many aspects of the clinical and scientific transplantation, e.g. the mechanisms of long-term organ deterioration, the consequence of tissue injury and the opportunities to intervene in these processes. For more information, visit www.enduringhearts.org, or follow the foundation at www.facebook.com/enduringheartsorg or www.twitter.com/enduringhearts.

Josh Kaufman is a soulful vocalist with a bent toward earthy, R&B-influenced pop. A regular on the Indianapolis music scene, Kaufman is best known for winning the sixth season of NBC's vocal competition The Voice. During his time on the show, he competed as a member of both Adam Levine's team and Usher's team. A Voice fan favorite, Kaufman's rendition of Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" topped the digital charts. In May of 2014, Kaufman beat out Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie as the winner of The Voice. Following his win, an album of his performances, The Voice: The Complete Season 6 Collection, was released on Republic Records. Josh is currently starring as the lead in the hit Broadway show “Pippin” in New York City. For more information, visit www.joshkaufmanmusic.com.

Named the “Best of the Best” Golf Community by Robb Report and the community with the “Best Golf” in America by the editors of GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Plantation, located between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, is situated along 374 miles of shoreline on Lake Oconee. Reynolds Plantation features 117 holes of championship golf from designers Bob Cupp, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Jim Engh. Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Reynolds Golf Academy, as well as the exclusive TaylorMade Kingdom. The community offers members a variety of dining options, swimming pools, walking trails, four full-service marinas and The Lake Club Wellness Campus with its award-winning PBI Tennis Center, named 2009 USTA Facility of the Year. Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, a 251-room lakefront resort and spa ranked No. 5 in the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” worldwide by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. For more information or real estate inquiries, call (800) 800-5250 or visit www.reynoldsplantation.com.