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Stars support Best Cellars benefit; WSB's Scott Slade emcees good-news gala

The annual Atlanta’s Best Cellars Dinner is Sept. 10 at the InterContinental Hotel Buckhead, but the partying has already started.

Cyndae Arrendale and Joel Katz. Photo: Jennifer Brett

Joel Katz, Best Cellars chairman emeritus and chair of Greenberg Traurig’s global entertainment and media practice, welcomed sponsors and board members at a kickoff reception held last week at his law firm’s Buckhead office.

“Please have a glass or two of wine. Don’t go out in the rain yet. It’s miserable outside,” Katz said after characteristically brief remarks amid a brewing summer squall. “Stay and have a little fun!”

That’s just what everyone did.

Guests included dinner chairmen Chaka Zulu, Ludacris’ manager and co-founder of the Disturbing tha Peace music label; and Rod Whitley of RT Capital. Dinner vice chairman David Innes of City National Bank and wine host chairmen Tommy Dortch of TWD Inc. and Eric Tresh of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP also attended.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, from left, Chaka Zulu and Don Perry at the Best Cellars kickoff. Photo: Kimberly Evans

Also sticking around as Katz suggested were Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle; Dr. Jim Chappuis, CEO of Spine Center Atlanta; Dr. Larry Boise of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University; producer and songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox; broadcaster Frank Ski, who will serve as the event’s emcee, and entertainment advisory board members Vikki Locke, Daryl Simmons and Robert Polay.

The event benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation, which has raised more than $270 million for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research; and funds the Joel A. Katz Music Is Medicine Fund, a cancer research fellowship grant for the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

Atlanta broadcasters Frank Ski and Vikki Locke. Photo: Jennifer Brett

Best Cellars Dinner patron reservations are $1,500 per couple. See this link or email for information.

WSB’s Scott Slade emcees good-news Gwinnett gala

The Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia will showcase Gwinnett County’s charitable organizations at its inaugural Good2Give Gala, planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

The event celebrates the work of nonprofits and their supporters.

“We have a unique opportunity to bring our nonprofits together, tell their stories, and thank our fund holders for making all the good work possible,” executive director Randy Redner said in a statement.

Photo: WSB

“Amid all the challenges of today’s world, this is a chance to spend an evening hearing nothing but good news.”

Atlanta’s Morning News host Scott Slade will serve as emcee, and musician James Casto will perform. Tickets start at $150 each. See


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