April 2017 Around Town 1


The WellStar Foundation will be the first to host a private fundraising event at The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre adjacent to SunTrust Park at 6 p.m. on April 23 to benefit WellStar trauma services. This year’s event has been dubbed the WellStar Foundation Starlight Grand “Slam” Gala in honor of the ballpark surroundings. It will feature special SunTrust Park experiences and baseball-themed entertainment, including an appearance by honorary co-chair Ryan Klesko, Atlanta Braves first baseman and 1995 World Series champion.

“We are very excited to partner with the Atlanta Braves offering our guests the opportunity to be among the first to experience the new ballpark,” WellStar Foundation Executive Director Penny Morrison-Ross says. “The gala is our biggest annual fundraising event and this year’s proceeds will go toward one of the most vital and immediate service areas—trauma. Our goal is to improve access to critical care for every member of our community when time matters most.”

Along with raising funds for WellStar trauma services, the gala also honors the philanthropists, volunteers, physicians and clinicians who support WellStar’s mission of delivering world-class healthcare close to home. Contact Kelli Moore for information on available sponsorship opportunities at 470.956.6673 or kelli.moore@wellstar.org. Additional event details can be found at WellStar.org/Gala.


On March 31, the Atlanta Braves held their first exhibition game against the New York Yankees in the new SunTrust Park stadium. The Braves take on the San Diego Padres at 7:35 p.m. April 14 in the first regular season game at the team’s new stadium. For tickets visit AtlantaBraves.com.


Adult co-ed and men’s softball registration is open for those 18 and up. Co-Ed league with 12 games and potential end of season tournament. All players on the roster must submit a copy of their photo ID to play. Visit SmyrnaCity.com and click on activities.


The community garden, located at the new North Cooper Lake Park—4201 N. Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna Ga 30082—is fenced with an 8-foot chain-link fence paid for with a $10,000 grant to Keep Smyrna Beautiful from United Parcel Service of America, Inc. With the help of IBM volunteers, raised beds were constructed from two-by-10-inch cedar lumber. Smyrna resident and landscape architect Sean Murphy—who designed the new community garden in Suwannee—has donated design services, renderings and technical advice. Fees are $40 to $195 per year based on plot size. Strict organic gardening is not required, but an area will be reserved for those who are interested. If you would like to volunteer or to sign up for a plot, please call 770.431.2863.


Atlanta Interventional Institute is hosting a screening of a new eye-opening documentary Freedom from Fibroids at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the 444 Theatre. The 55-minute film follows 10 Atlanta women with uterine fibroids as they share their journey from suffering from the disease to finding a minimally invasive cure with uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Cynthia Bailey, of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, is just one of the strong women in this film who describe searching for a cure beyond hysterectomy.

“I didn’t know there was life without fibroids,” Bailey says. “I had to get my fibroids under control, but I didn’t want a hysterectomy. UFE gave me my life back.”