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Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2011 Couples High Fashion and Affluence for a Great Cause

Colorful Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2011 display in main reception area

Jeffrey Fashion Cares…and, apparently, so does Atlanta! The event, now in its’ 19th year of service, was an incredible fusion of Fashion, Celebrity and Giving. The fashion fundraiser, benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Greater Atlanta Affiliate) and the  Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), was a complete sell out – even at the donation level of $500.00 per ticket. That, in itself, highlights both the loyal following of the JEFFREY brand and the willingness of people to give – in spite of the current economy.

(From R to L) Designer Randolph Duke, Cynthia Bailey (RHOA), April Triggs & Mara Maddox (Lenox Bloomingdales PR Manager)

Creator, Jeffrey Kalinsky, is both a fashion and retail guru. His wildly popular and successful boutiques, located in Atlanta and Manhattan, had a majority interest purchased by Nordstrom’s back in 2005 and soon Kalinsky was brought onboard to ensure the luxury retail chain stayed ahead of the proverbial fashion curve. Those relationships, developed over the years, have helped to make the Jeffrey Fashion Cares fundraiser a major success. Last year’s donations exceeded $600,000.00 and they look to exceed that this year.

Oversized print of the famed Christian Louboutin 8 inch Ballet Fetish Heel which received a winning donation/bid of $2500

The event included looks from the 28 year old design phenom, Jason Wu. Among his many accomplishments, you might remember that he designed First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2009 Presidential Inaugural Ball gown. Additionally, the event included a number of celebrities, to include: Laura Turner-Seydel (philanthropist and daughter of media mogul Ted Turner), Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes from The Real Houswives of Atlanta, Fred Schneider (of the B52’s), Atlanta’s own Rashan Ali and more.

Rashan Ali (NBA TV Social Media Liaison)

Preceding the fashion show was an auction that included everything from trips to international destinations to local luxury spa treatments to fine jewelry. The one departure from the aforementioned actually started the line up of great items to bid on – an oversized framed print of the famed Christian Louboutin 8 inch Ballet Fetish Heel. “Wow!” & “Ouch!” at the same time! The fashion line up included AMAZING styles of short, long, sequined, feathered, see-through, formal, after6 and slightly abstract. There was something for everyone there…

The event was a virtual whirlwind, given within a two hour period this was your schedule:

  • Get through rush hour traffic in Atlanta to be at Midtown and 12th by 7:00 pm – hair, wardrobe, makeup all in check
  • Navigate through the impromptu reception area on the main level of the building
  • Stand in line to take the elevator up 32 floors to the event space
  • Navigate through the misting machine, red carpet area – only to enter the main reception area filled with fellow patrons
  • Find someone to get you a cocktail (the easiest task of all really)
  • Pull yourself away from incredible conversation and networking to find your seat
  • Once in your seat, trying to settle down because the room is electric
  • Once settled, fall in love with all of the fabulous auction items
  • Spill over with excitement as the Jason Wu designs endlessly pour onto the runway – everything is AMAZING
  • Find the right line for an elevator to the main level (min. 10 min wait) so you can make it to the after party at OPERA
  • And the night had merely just begun. You may not see any pictures from the after party here, but I’ll will share that it was a Hawaiian Luau themed party. All I can say is, on that night, whatever happened at Opera, stayed at Opera.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2011 Event Chair Lila Hertz (2nd from right) and Jeffrey Kalinsky (creator of JFC)

For more information about Jeffrey Fashion Cares click HERE. To see more photos from the event visit Aspire Online Magazine.

-Article and photos by Jay Young for AOM and The “HIGH UP”.

Culinary Fight Night Raises Money & Awareness For Charities

Atlanta has introduced a very interesting event to its local culinary culture. This very unique opportunity, intended to highlight local chefs and their culinary skills as well as bring awareness to various foundations and charities around our city, has become a huge success. Welcome Culinary Fight Night®; (CFN®“Where Cooking and Competition  Collide!”

Culinary Fight Night® consists of a monthly competition pairing 2 local chefs, head to head, in the kitchen to fight it out! The chefs will be required to prepare a 3 course meal for an audience of 200 as well as serve our panel of 6 celebrity judges. Each course will be scored in 3 categories: Taste, Presentation, and Creativity. Each category will be worth 25% and the audience will represent the remaining 25%.

Culinary Fight Night® (VioDoug Solutions)  has had the pleasure of working with such charities as The Children’s Place based in Chicago, the Do the 2 Walk for Breast Cancer, the Make a Wish Foundation, Genesis Family Shelter of  Atlanta, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Ga., The Ludacris Foundation, and the Alzheimer Association.

Culinary Fight Night® has grown quickly during their 1st year. CFN® is currently shopping their idea for 2 reality shows,  have started 2 additional companies; VioDoug Solutions and Just Chefs, 2 additional events; Xocial and Stilettos and More, compiling information for a cookbook; CFN: The Recipes, implementing satellite CFN competitions being produced in Chicago, NYC, and the Dominican Republic, and submitting paperwork for a non-profit organization, all to transpire  during 2011.

Past judges have included Top Chef Season 6 contestant Hector Santiago; Grammy Award winning recording artist, Chilli; Glenn Mack, President of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts (Atlanta); Ginny McCormack, personal chef and author;  and Emily Cook, Miss Georgia 2009.

-The next Culinary Fight Night is scheduled for August 23rd. Please visit their website at to find out more!