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DO YOU HEAR THAT? It’s the sound of nature springing to life! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, pollen is floating and children are playing outside as the

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weather gets warmer and the days grow longer. This month at South Fulton Lifestyle, we bring you our Eco issue in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Inspired by the infinite beauty of the Earth—and our desire to preserve and protect it—we compiled an array of eco-conscious and eco-friendly people and places making a difference right here in the Atlanta area.  From eco-minded artists and businesses to luxury cars with environmentally friendly features, this issue is a celebration of all things Mother Nature. Whether or not you have a green thumb, we hope the stories in these pages evoke feelings of gratitude for the wonderful world we live in—and the wonderful people in our

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community who strive to sustain it. Enjoy a story about neighbors who really get out

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and share with one another by hosting a progressive dinner. You might want to try

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this #SoFu! Lastly, the article about a small t-shirt printing business that is taking

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South Fulton by storm turns out to be a true testament to the love of the husband and wife owners. Not sure where to start? Though many readers have shared with us that they keep every issue, if this is not you, please be sure to recycle! When you’ve finished enjoying this issue, we encourage you to recycle it so it can be turned into future

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INSIDE THE ISSUE APRIL 2019

FEATURES 18 The Less Fuel, The Better! Luxury Hybrids with Great Gas Mileage

20 PUSH A Love Story that Birthed a Business Called Sproxte

24 Family Style One South Fulton Community is Building for the Future

28 The Cotton Club… An Evening of Pink Pearlfection Pearls of Purpose Foundation Presents Annual Gala Benefitting

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Local Students

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Hot Spot

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Driver’s Notebook

27 Realty Report 28 City Scene 30 Now Open 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Financial Buzz


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AROUND TOWN Active Senior Living patio home clubhouses and next to the Dog Park. Cooper first learned about Christian City during his family’s search for housing for his grandfather. This contributed to his Presidential Service Award. Cooper has been in Scouting since third grade. He is a sophomore at McIntosh High and a member of the school’s lacrosse team.

GEORGIA AKA DAY AT THE CAPITOL Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Georgia AKA Day at the Capitol’s theme is When Women Vote Women L.E.A.D. With Excellence. The day included educating members on the legislative process, voter

ROBOCHICKS 2G AWARD CEREMONY

registration and election reform, social justice issues and advocacy for legislative issues that impact the

RoboChicks 2G Second Generation (R2G)

black community, healthcare and women at the

recently held an Awards Ceremony at Andrew

seat of power. The day began with greetings from

and Walter Young Family YMCA. Even though

Atlanta City Council President, the Honorable

the team did not win an award at the competi-

Felicia Moore. Moderated by Emmy Award-winning

tion, RoboChicks Team Captain Madison Kenney

news anchor Donna Lowery, they addressed

used part of her winnings from the National Society

the importance of protecting voting rights in

of High School Scholars STEM Award to purchase

Georgia. Members of the sorority heard from newly

trophies for the girls that competed at competition

elected Congresswoman Lucy McBath on key

and certificates.

legislative issues. Under the leadership of South

The Young Family YMCA has committed to

Atlantic Regional Director, Carolyn G. Randolph, and

cover the cost so the RoboChicks can continue to

event chairmen, Georgia Senator Nikema Williams

coach R2G for the 2019 Season and 2019 FIRST

and Georgia State Representative Karen Bennett

Lego League Seasons.

and Senator Horacena Tate, over 200 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. gathered under the Georgia State Capitol’s Gold Dome to beckon the attention of elected officials to issues that are important to constituents. Georgia has over 5,000 members in both graduate and undergraduate chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

PEARL CLEAGE WORLD PREMIERE AT THE ALLIANCE THEATER By acclaimed Oprah Book Club author and playwright,  Pearl Cleage, this funny and hopeful new play features artists from different generations and worldviews who must find a way to reconcile their different beliefs and make peace with lingering ghosts from the past. The play looks

LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES INSTALLED AT CHRISTIAN CITY 

closely at women as they age, their place in society as they age, and how women’s voices are heard throughout their lives.  Directed by the Alliance

Cooper Roman, a Boy Scout and Peachtree City

Theatre’s Artistic Director Susan V. Booth, “Angry,

resident, recently built and installed four librar-

Raucous And Shamelessly Gorgeous” premieres

ies on the campus of Christian City. The libraries

on the Alliance’s newly renovated Coca-Cola Stage

are located outside each of Christian City’s three

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AROUND TOWN

(CON TI N U ED)

Cleage serves as the Alliance Theatre playwright

organizations’ presentations to children on the

in residence and is a renowned poet, activist, novel-

importance of acceptance and support for differ-

ist and playwright. Her eight novels, including What

ently-abled children. The older children dispersed

Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, have been

to stations to assemble the weighted blanket interi-

recognized by The New York Times, the Oprah Book

ors. The younger children decorated crates to store

Club, and others. Her many plays, including “Blues

the blankets. The activity culminated with the pre-

for an Alabama Sky” and “Flyin’ West,” have been

sentation of blankets at Peyton Forest Elementary

commissioned and performed internationally.

School in Atlanta. Variety also awarded a Telic

THE EDWIN JACKSON 53 FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 53 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS "Big Game, Big Give" Super Bowl Gala Over the Super Bowl 53 weekend, the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation announced 53 scholar-

This activity captured the hearts of everyone and increased the sensitivity of children to those with special and different needs.

“SHENANDOAH” AT SERENBE PLAYHOUSE

ships were awarded to college students across the

Serenbe Playhouse is proud to present the musical

country, during The Giving Back Fund's "Big Game,

“Shenandoah,” starring “American Idol” winner Taylor

Big Give" charity gala hosted by Chris "Ludacris"

Hicks and “Broadway and The X Factor” finalist Rachel

Bridges and Jamie Foxx. The announcement comes

Potter through April 7, Wednesday through Sunday at

on the anniversary of Indianapolis Colts linebacker

8 p.m. The story of one family’s struggle living in the

and Atlanta native Edwin Jackson, who was killed

Shenandoah Valley during the American Civil War

by a drunk driver on Super Bowl Sunday in 2018.

leaps to life in a hidden field in Serenbe, transporting

The Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation was started

the audience to the rolling hills of Virginia. A theatrical

in 2018 to celebrate and carry on Edwin's legacy of

journey of heartbreak and ultimately hope in a fight

supporting walk-on athletes and college students

for human rights will erupt out of an actual Civil War

invested in youth-oriented community service.

reenactment with over 100 soldiers, cannons, horses

The Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation will award 53 book scholarships to selected college students in Georgia (including students from Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, and Georgia State University),

and an all-star cast of singer/musicians in a fight for Freedom and Love!

SERENBE PLAYHOUSE SUMMER THEATER CAMP

Indiana, and California who have demonstrated a

“Out of the Woods” campers will be guided by

commitment to youth-focused community service.

professional actors and teaching artists to create

The purpose of the Edwin Jackson 53 Scholarship

their own theatrical productions inspired by the

Program is to recognize and support college stu-

great outdoors!

dents who use their time and talents in their communities to inspire youth.

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child a mobility device designed specifically for her.

Students in this one-week camp can expect to take part in some or all of the following: hiking, canoeing, feeding the Serenbe animals, participating in water-based activities, as well as taking classes in acting, singing, and dancing. These exciting expe-

Committed to the “We Are One” initiative, the

riences and educational classes will help them in

Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Atlanta Chapter

finding a character and building their site-specific,

partnered with Telic Empowerment (an advocacy

outdoor play or musical to be performed for their

group for families of differently-abled children),

parents and peers on the last day of class.

Factory 404 (a J&J chapter member design studio),

This one-of-a-kind theatre experience includes

and Variety (a children’s charity funding equipment

a camp field trip to the Playhouse’s production

for special needs children) for an MLK service proj-

of “Pocahontas,”  a camp t-shirt, and an unforget-

ect in January. Factory 404 developed the blanket

table summer.

design, and the Atlanta Chapter made customized,

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weighted blankets for 10 children serviced by Telic

theatre learning experience in the Southeast!

Empowerment. The day began with partnering

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SOUTHEAST’S LARGEST GOSPEL AWARDS SHOW WITH A NATIONAL PRESENCE IS SET FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 27, IN ATLANTA. The Steeple Awards bring together some of the biggest names in gospel music and ministry from around America to celebrate their work on the frontline in the battle for souls. The all-star lineup of performers and nominees includes an iconic roster of honorees who have committed their lives to building the church and transform-

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ing lives through Christ. The Steeple Awards celebrate ministry leaders and gospel music artists who have earned widespread acclaim,

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as well as those whose contributions have previously gone largely unacknowledged. Prepare for a night of powerful testimonies and powerhouse performances that showcase the work God is doing through these faithful servants. 

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the host 0 4 | Rodney Perry

the tributes

HOSTED BY

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Lifetime Achievement Award + Aretha Franklin

the honorees + Pastor Anthony Murray, Oasis Church, Atlanta & Paulding + Pastor LaBryant and Phenika Friend, All Nations Worship Assembly Atlanta + Rev. Dr. Tar-U-Way R.A. and Retta Bright, Turner Chapel AME Church, Marietta + Pastor Wilbur and Kimberly Purvis, Destiny World Church, Austell + Bishop Samuel R. Blakes, New Home Ministries, New Orleans & Baton Rouge + Bishop Dreyfus C. Smith, Wings of Faith Worldwide Ministries, Conley + Pastors Joel and Patricia Gregory, The Linked Up Church, Power Springs

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DRIVER’S NOTEBOOK

The less fuel, The Better!

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tive buyers looking for performance, good looks, and value, while getting at least 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Hybrids promote a progressive future lessening the harmful ecological effects of fully gas-operated engines. Lucky for us, the all-new 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited “goes green” but does

2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

it with good looks, including a refined body flaunting LED lighting, a power moonroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The premium leather seats, concert-esque Entune 3.0 premium audio, an App Suite, Apple CarPlay compatibility, 10-inch head-up display, Qi wireless charging station, and dual-zone climate control graciously pamper passengers. Its cloud-like driving experience still packs a punch of 176 horsepower, thanks to a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder heart, and ECVT for smooth gear shifting. Price: $42,800; $45,513 complete with Advanced Safety Package ($1,150) Fuel Economy: 43 city/43 highway/43 combined For more information, visit Toyota.com.

For almost a decade, Mazda has done a phenomenal job rebranding and altering its initial perception as solely a practical, economically sound car producer, thanks to incorporating its “Kodo—Soul of Motion” philosophy, along with a plethora of other upgrades since 2010; 2019’s striking Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring maintains the steady resurgence. Powered by the 148-horsepower SKYACTIV 2.0L DOHC engine and a load of safety features, this CX-3 trim also wows with 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, an advanced keyless entry system, a posh interior flaunting parchment leather-wrapped gadgetry, and the latest Mazda Connect Infotainment System to name a few pampering highlights up to five adults can enjoy. The option of dressing this impressive subcompact-crossover SUV in the custom “Soul Red Crystal Metallic” exterior just might intensify the demand to get behind the wheel and drive it off the lot. Price: $25,745 (base price) Fuel Economy: 29 city/34 highway 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

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PUSH A LOVE STORY THAT BIRTHED A BUSINESS CALLED SPROXTE

ARTICLE ERIKKA SEARLES MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY ART BY BENETEZ AND PROVIDED

THIS IS THE STORY OF A BUDDING BUSINESS. But in reality, the business is born of a love story. Joseph and Tauheedah met in high school at Tri-Cities High School; he graduated in 2000 and she in 2001. An East Point  native, Joseph went on to develop a love for both athletics and graphic design. The couple reconnected in 2007 and got married in 2009. Together they started Athlete Dream Image. Then something happened that would change their lives. In 2008, Tauheedah was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy while pregnant with their daughter, making it impossible to work in her current position at the  Dekalb County School District. Joseph studied at Bauder College and started a business in the family’s garage. Tauheedah answered the phone and did what she could for the business, but the illness drastically changed their lives.  A

V ISI O N Fast forward to 2011 to the women’s kickball takeover. “We were the dopest kickball team in the league!” says

Tauheedah. “We dominated—especially at looking the best! At that time, no one cared what their team uniforms looked like. Women were just coming out on the field with regular t-shirts with a heat press number on the back (one-color print). Our team, the Flowernades, played well and looked even better!” The team got fancy, with 13 different uniforms to wear as they kicked the stuffing out of their competition. Joseph wanted to find a new niche outside of the usual uniforms for regular sports.  20

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“He wanted to change the game, and since his sister and best friends and I were all on the team, he was able to be as creative as he wanted to with his kickball team jersey. That's how the dope uniforms happened,” Tauheedah explains.   Then people started to inquire and it became a ripple effect! Now most teams that play kickball wear jerseys that Athlete Dream Image designs and makes in-house—brilliantly colored uniforms that feature players’ names, faces, and even scannable QR codes. They went on to offer other apparel through Athlete Dream—vibrant shirts that featured youth athletes, team names and numbers for the whole family. The level of customization along with the complexity of design and the unmatched colors made them sought after items.  That same year, Joseph was also working on something big. He was printing on batons, yeah, like relay batons. Using his printing knowledge and a secret wrapping technique that has cornered the market, Joseph says, “We are the only company in the world that makes custom sublimation batons, with full vibrant colors and designs, and you can put images on the batons as well.”

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PUSH

A

(CON TI N UED)

L E A P Next, something really interesting happened. They

started getting big orders for batons. Google and Dow

profitable. The small oven they had used to start testing ideas like customized baseball bats still sits in the huge space that now houses their warehouse.

were using them as leadership tools. The company was

They started to get fulfillment orders from other small

growing; it was time. A Paypal loan for $1,500 started it off;

businesses and apparel companies because of their unique

they borrowed a total of eight loans, the last for $23,000,

printing process. In 2016, Ezekiel Elliot contacted them to

which Tauheedah says they used to purchase their first

start making sublimation products for his personal brand.

piece of large equipment.  

They created custom compression pants for the No Fly Zone

“We were making good money being the No. 1 com-

of the Denver Broncos. Then the New York Jets football orga-

pany in kickball apparel, so we decided to purchase our

nization became interested in custom tights for their entire

54-inch Mutoh sublimation printer,” she recalls. “During

team of players in 2017. They signed on to do product fulfill-

this time, we did not have a heat press, so we would

ment for NFL’s Alvin Kamara, the NBA’s Rob Covington and

drive to Gainesville every day for a year to use a local

the WNBA’s star native Atlantan Diamond DeShields.

sublimation company’s large format heat press to do all of our custom garments for the kickball leagues, 3D

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shirts, etc.” The owner of the Gainesville shop eventually

At this point the business was still operating out of the

offered them the opportunity to purchase a large format

family garage. The Whites met with Travis Jones, who

heat press so that they didn't have to keep making the

introduced them to Mack Wilbourn, the owner of several

2-hour drive back and forth each day, she says. In 2015,

restaurants and other business ventures. When he stepped

they purchased a large format heat press and installed

in to invest and support the Whites’ dream, they were able to

three-phase electricity in the garage.

move into the 7,000-square-foot space near the airport that they occupy today. They have been there for just over a year.

KEE P

PU S H IN G

The fulfillment side was intriguing to Wilbourn. The thing that

Sproxte, pronounced like “Box,” comes from the Greek

sets Sproxte apart is that they are a literal one-stop shop:

word for “push.” The Whites kept pushing. Although

they design and develop logos, do marketing and websites,

Tauheedah was still ill, she used the time to think of every

make the product and ship it out all from one location. For

possible item that could be customized and that could be

more info, visit Sproxte.com.

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ts almost Spring in South Fulton which means high pollen counts with tree, grass and ragweed pollen showering our cars with that awful green mist. I suffer all Spring from

allergies and often medicate with 3 different anti-histamines daily just to make it out the door. Spring is the end of a relatively sedentary winter season when the average American spends greater than 90% of his/her life inside their homes instead of outdoors. Recent research from the United Kingdom has found significant benefit from exercising in nature and coined the term ‘green exercise’. The British research converges with studies that attribute benefit from living in proximity to green, open spaces. These findings are particularly promising for the South Fulton community on the verge of burgeoning real estate investment with the development of green spaces and community parks.

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While being outside is no guarantee of physical activity, the evidence is clear that indoor living is associated with being sedentary. This is particularly true for American children since they spend an average of 6 hours daily in front of a screen. However, if getting outside becomes the goal that would mean less time in front of video games and more time mowing the lawn, biking, gardening and walking. Finally, natural light with outdoor activity has the added benefit of elevating your mood and improving your cognition. Light has been a treatment modality for seasonal affective disorder- a condition that is associated with depression related to changes in the seasons. The British scientists reported results that demonstrate five minutes of green exercise resulted in improvements in self-esteem and mood. So embrace the sunshine and lush green of Spring- get outdoors often and regularly. Dr. Marshall is accepting new patients Creek, Douglasville and Gwinnett locations.

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One South Fulton Community is Building for the Future ‘Family Style’ ARTICLE CARLYN POUNDERS  | PHOTOGRAPHY LILY OLIVER

THE STONEWALL MANOR SUBDIVISION IN SOUTH FULTON IS

someone last year amazed everyone with a live jazz band and high

LAYING A FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE, CREATING A TRA-

top tables. Nikki’s surprise for the attendees to go along with her

DITION AROUND CULTURE, CUISINE AND CREATIVITY WITH

Greek theme? A live belly dancer! And house after house incorpo-

ITS ANNUAL PROGRESSIVE DINNER. The night brings neighbors

rated some unique spin, including a Mardi Gras fete, live jazz accom-

together to host and enjoy different courses of dinner in a series of

paniment, personal bartender and a lively round of karaoke.

homes. According to the residents, the event can get quite competitive but all in the name of spirited fun.

Throughout the night, conversations often circled back to their children. It was really their kids that they were doing this for. When

This year’s progressive dinner started at the home of Nikki Conyers-

the topic of sustainability arises, it evokes images of recycling and

Williams and her husband Jeff. Nikki prepared a Mediterranean

saving the earth. But a primary driver for these efforts is so that

appetizer of Greek cheese cooked Saganaki style paired with a

future generations can live the same, if not better, quality of life.

squid, octopus, capers and olives dish. Pita and an assortment of spreads complemented the theme.

“A lot of the decisions that I make are based off of my kids, because I’m a mother,” said Nikki. “I always think about what they’re going to

The dishes for the rest of the evening included gumbo and a variety of

have to deal with. What we’re leaving behind for them. That would

salads in the soup and salad category, and salmon, seasonal vegetable

be the biggest reason I think about why green is important. It’s not

medley and rice in the entree category. Moving on to the next house for

about me, it’s about the future and what they’re going to have to deal

dessert, guests had their choice of mini key lime, red velvet and choc-

with on this Earth and what we’re doing to it.” The other homeown-

olate cake or apple and peach cobbler with ice cream or frozen yogurt.

ers agreed, expressing how the Circle of Trust that they’ve created

The night ended on an undeniably high note with sangrias. In

in South Fulton is bringing back the lost art of neighborly love and

addition to the food and drink, presentation is essential. For instance,

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closeness. It takes a village to raise smart and successful children.


Leaving such a legacy is particularly important to the hosts that closed out the night in their home, Sonja and Gerald Holland. “Yes, this function is happening to have the collaborative efforts to not only bring a stronger community, to get to meet your neighbors, but also leave a legacy for our kids,” said Gerald. “As  grandparents, we want to leave a foundation.” To be sure, these are enduring treasures. 

hosts Hosts:  Nikki Conyers-Williams and Jeff Williams  Sonja and Gerrald Holland  Kellye and Todd Richardson Angela and Lawrence Williams  Danielle Anderson Um Gwet and Yannick Um Gwet  Mia and Russell Jones  Charlene and Charles Smith  Lyn Stukes, Nikki's uncle, smoked the salmon. 

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REALTY REPORT

REALTY REPORT

SOUTH FULTON

NEIGHBORHOOD

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

Chattahoochee Hills

$1,149,000

$940,000

81.81%

120

4

4

Chattahoochee Hills

$860,000

$795,000

92.44%

211

4

4

Chattahoochee Hills

$839,000

$769,000

91.66%

94

6

4

Cascade Lake Estates

$599,900

$570,000

95.02%

157

5

6

Serenbe

$599,000

$575,000

95.99%

344

4

3

Canaan Ridge at Wolf Creek

$515,000

$492,500

95.63%

24

5

4

Oakland City

$485,000

$460,000

94.85%

42

5

4

Walden Park Estates

$465,419

$451,739

97.06%

101

5

4

Barrington Trace

$450,000

$430,000

95.56%

15

5

4

West End

$444,000

$425,000

95.72%

82

4

3

Westview

$425,000

$400,000

94.12%

15

4

3

Grandview Estates

$424,900

$428,000

100.73%

22

6

4

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THE COTTON CLUB... AN EVENING OF PINK PEARLFECTION PEARLS OF PURPOSE FOUNDATION PRESENTS ANNUAL GALA BENEFITTING LOCAL STUDENTS

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THE PEARLS OF PURPOSE FOUNDATION, INCORPORATED, A 501(C)(3) ENTITY ESTABLISHED BY NU LAMBDA OMEGA CHAPTER OF

ALPHA

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INCORPORATED, HOSTED THEIR ANNUAL PINK PIZZAZZ - “THE COTTON CLUB… AN EVENING OF PINK PEARLFECTION” AT THE OCEANS BALLROOM AT THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM LAST NOVEMBER. The theme celebrated the elegance of the Harlem Renaissance. Under the leadership of Dr. Dawn Beatrice Griffin, president, and Rosalyn Gaston Elder, event chairperson, the Foundation hosts this annual affair as an expression of thanks to the Metro Atlanta community for the outstanding support of their program initiatives that have been implemented throughout the year. Proceeds from the Foundation’s fundraising endeavors are utilized to support several philanthropic endeavors, including the implementation of programs that enhance the social, economic, and educational well-being of the metropolitan Atlanta community. For more than 38 years, the Pearls of Purpose Foundation, Inc. and Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has provided scholarship support for graduating high school seniors looking to attend college.   With the community’s support of Pink Pizzazz and other fundraising events, the Foundation has awarded $30,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors in 2018. This year’s scholarship recipients embarked on their respective journeys in the fall, attending Alabama A&M University, Bethune Cookman University, Grinnell College, Georgia State University,

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and festive as 250+ attendees took photos in front of Local Green’s instafamous “Insta-Wall,” listened to music played by V103, enjoyed smoothies and treats from Local Food Atlanta’s original food truck, and tasted select food options from the restaurant's hip hop-themed menu. Vendors included Premium Health & Wellness Teas and Market Buddy’s. Local Green Atlanta’s Founder Zachary Wallace, also known as “Big Zak,” established the restaurant to provide healthy food options for area residents. Well-known in the city for his work in the music industry, Wallace formerly weighed more than 300 pounds. Transforming his life through food, he initially opened Local Green Atlanta as a

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food truck and now builds on its success with a vibrant brick and mortar location. “Zak had this vision over a year ago,” says longtime friend, radio personality and Grand Opening Host V103 DJ Greg Street. “He was cooking in his mom’s kitchen, bringing food to different people that he knew in the ‘hood who wanted to eat healthy, and it just grew,” says Street, noting the importance of Local Green’s current location.  “It’s very important for us to start having healthy eating options in our community,” says Street. “For us to have options that we know are healthy and good for us is very important.”  TV personality Ariane Davis agrees. “I think that how people are responding to Local Green is needed,” she says. “I’ve lost people to cancer, so food is so important right now. I can’t wait until there is a Local Green Atlanta location in every neighborhood in the city!”  Learn more at LocalGreenAtlanta.com.

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FINANCIAL BUZZ

THERE’S STILL TIME! CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR RETIREMENT ACCOUNT TO REDUCE 2018 TAXABLE INCOME ARTICLE SHIRLEY A. LANGLEY, CPA

IRA

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If you qualify for the traditional IRA deduction, the 2018 limit is $5,500, with an additional $1,000 catch-up contribution if you’re 50 or older.

HSA

Contributing to an HSA is an excellent way to save for healthcare expenses in retirement.

401(k)

You can contribute up to $18,500 to a 401(k), 403(b) YOU’VE PROCRASTINATED AND NOW IT’S APRIL AND YOU HAVEN’T PREPARED YOUR 2018 TAX RETURNS.

or federal Thrift Savings Plan in 2018, plus $6,000 in catch-up contributions if you’re 50 or older.

You haven’t contacted your CPA or tax preparer and made an appointment. Don’t worry! Stop and breathe. Your options are simple: + File for a 6-month extension. This would give you until October 15, 2019. The 6-month extension is automatically accepted if IRS Form 4868 is postmarked by April 15, 2019. + Get moving, very quickly, and take your paperwork to your CPA/tax preparer and pray he/she has the time to complete the return before April 15, 2019. Here are a few things to consider as an investment toward YOUR retirement and

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SEP IRA

If you’re self-employed, you could open and fund a SIMPLE IRA, SEP IRA or Solo 401(k).

to reduce 2018 taxable income at the same time. Since 2018

Definitely consult with your CPA or tax pre-

has already passed, there’s still a few things that can be

parer to see which option works best for your

done now to reduce last year’s taxable income. If you have

situation. Smart tax planning is a year-round

the available cash and want to reduce your taxable income,

process. Most deductions and tax reduc-

consider contributing the maximum amount allowed as pre-

tion strategies have to be completed before

tax retirement savings. You have until April 15, 2019 to make

December 31 in order to receive the desired tax

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