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ATC, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Announce Weekly Group Run/Walks
Beltline Photo By John Becker

ATC, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Announce Weekly Group Run/Walks

ATLANTA – Runners, walkers, rollers and strollers will have a weekly opportunity to exercise and socialize on the Atlanta BeltLine in 2020. Atlanta Track Club and Atlanta BeltLine Partnership are expanding their collaboration next year to bring free weekly group run/walks to four different sections of the popular multi-use trail. Beginning January 2, 2020, Run. Walk. Go! Club group runs will rotate weekly between the Eastside, Westside, Southside and Northside Atlanta BeltLine trails. Runners and walkers will gather in the following locations:

Eastside Trail First Thursday of the month New Realm Brewing, 550 Somerset Terrace NE #101, Atlanta, GA 30306

Westside Trail Second Thursday of the month Monday Night Garage, 933 Lee St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 or Lean Draft House, 600 Hopkins St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Southside Trail Third Thursday of the month Eventide Brewing, 1015 Grant St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Northside Trail Fourth Thursday of the month Black Bear Tavern, 1931 Peachtree Road, Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309

Gatherings begin at 6:30 p.m. with two to four mile runs/walks beginning at 6:45 p.m. The routes will be designed and guided by staff and volunteers from Atlanta Track Club and Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Following the run/walk, participants will enjoy food and beer specials as well as raffle prizes like free race entries, Atlanta Track Club apparel and Atlanta BeltLine merchandise.

“The expansion and accessibility of the BeltLine is a big part of why Atlanta is Running City USA,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s Executive Director. “We are excited to be able to facilitate these opportunities for runners and walkers to catch up with training partners, meet new friends and explore the various sections of the best rails-to-trails developments happening anywhere in the country.”

“We are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our popular Run.Walk.Go! race series by expanding our run club program in partnership with Atlanta Track Club,” said Rob Brawner, Executive Director of the Atlanta Belt-Line Partnership. “The Club is a valued health and fitness partner and we look forward to working with them in 2020 to provide even more opportunities for Atlanta’s running community to get out and active on the Atlanta BeltLine.” The weekly group run/walks are free and open to people of all ages and abilities. Information on routes, locations and weather interruptions will be posted on the Run.Walk.Go! Club Facebook Event page. In months where there are five Thursdays, there will not be a fifth weekly meetup.

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 30,000 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, the Publix Atlanta Marathon, PNC Atlanta 10 Miler and Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, 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.

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership enables the Atlanta BeltLine project by raising funds from the private sector and philanthropic community, engages the public through programming and outreach and empowers residents of the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods through targeted partnerships in the areas of health, housing and economic opportunity. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, please visit beltline.org.

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Tucker Celebrates Holidays With Children At 2019 Hosea Helps Annual Youth Christmas Party

Families lined up around the center for some Hosea Helps holiday cheer. Hundreds of bags of toys were distributed, and smiles were upon children’s faces yesterday at the Loudermilk Center. The Hosea Helps staff and its army of volunteers soldiered on to deliver food, toys, entertainment, face painting and lots of smiles. Food was cooked on site by Hosea Helps and many of these children came from families that come to the Hosea Family stabilization center every week.

Also distributed along with toys were clothes, shoes, toiletries, and $50 gift cards for the teenagers. This event is just a precursor to Hosea’s CHRISTMAS DAY FESTIVAL OF SERVICES on Christmas Day at the Georgia World Congress Centers’ Thomas Murphy Ballroom. Volunteers and Donations are still needed for Christmas please go to 4HOSEA.org to register and make your charitable donation.

Daughter of the late civil rights leader Reverend Hosea Williams, here with his daughter Dr. Barbara Emerson and Chris Tucker “Hosea Helps is not just a hot meal on the holidays. Hosea Helps assists with stabilizing families and offers programs like Women Life Skills workshops that help women with on the job training. But we can’t do this without help and there are ways to get holiday donations to Hosea Helps. So, I am asking all you to help me make many blessings this year by making your charitable donation to Hosea Helps today and I know this- with your help, support and encouragement THE BEST IS YET TO COME!” said granddaughter of the late Reverend Hosea Williams, Lauren Williams.

The children were thrilled to see their stars there to say Merry Christmas to all and to sign autographs and give out holiday hugs.

Atlanta celebrity ambassadors joined the staff and volunteers. Chris Tucker signed autographs, posed for pictures with fans. Jasmine Burke star of Saints & Sinners, and Anthony Dalton star of Tyler Perry’s Sistas, volunteered and distributed toys to the children.

“This is about reuniting families for Christmas and stabilizing them for the rest of the year” states Hosea Helps, CEO Elisabeth Omilami. “Hosea Helps families from living in cars, now we need help funding and supporting them through the next year.”

For over four decades, Hosea Helps has helped sustain Atlanta families in need with food supplies, on the job/life skills training, bill assistance, school supplies, seniors receiving hot meals, clothing, and of course providing thousands in the community with a hot meal and children with toys on Christmas Day.

Skanska and H. J. Russell & Company Enter Joint Venture

ATLANTA – The joint venture between global development and construction firm Skanska, and Atlanta-based H. J. Russell & Company, one of the largest minority-owned construction services firm in the U.S., announces it will construct the Center for Advanced Surgical Services (CASS), adjacent to Grady Memorial Hospital’s (Grady) main campus in Atlanta. The free standing, 10-story, 576,960-square-foot structure will cost $151 million.

“Skanska recently completed the renovation of Grady’s Women’s and Infant’s Center, and we are proud to be part of the team bringing even better patient care and comfort to our local community,” said Scott Cannon, executive vice president and general manager of Skanska’s building operations in Georgia and South Carolina. “Thanks to our past experience, we will use our best practices of extensive collaboration and coordination so that patient care is not disrupted.”

The CASS will include 264,000 square feet of occupied space for several outpatient clinics, and it will be the site of all of its outpatient surgeries. The Center will dramatically expand Grady Health’s ability to serve patients at the main campus, offering 25 percent more operating room capacity and 45 percent more clinical capacity.

“As the fifth busiest public hospital in the country with a Level 1 trauma center designation, Grady has become a medical jewel in our community, serving some of the most critical patients from all backgrounds,” said Michael B. Russell, Sr., CEO, H. J. Russell & Company. “One of Russell’s core values is literally building on our commitment to community, and we’re honored to collaborate with Grady, alongside our joint venture partner, to build an advanced facility that will further their capacity in providing quality health care for all.”

Among the technological and environmental components to be built into the Center is a system to allow the harvesting and storing of rainwater from the entire block for reuse. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

For further information, please contact: Maritza Ferreira, for Skanska, 404.946.7521, maritza.ferreira@skanska.com Mittie Rooney, for Skanska, 301.602.8709, mrooney@axcomgroup.com Lonoia Brooks, for H. J. Russell & Company, 404.330.0955, lbrooks@hjrussell.com, Betsy Helgager Hughes, for H. J. Russell & Company, 404-771-9793, betsy@blhconsulting.net Skanska is one of the world’s leading construction and development companies. In the U.S., Skanska’s core operations include building construction, civil infrastructure and developing self-financed commercial properties, which together generated $8 billion in revenue in 2018. As a developer in the U.S., Skanska has invested a total of $2.3 billion in commercial and multi-family projects. With U.S. headquarters in New York City, Skanska has offices in 28 metro areas with 9,000 employees nationwide. Skanska is an industry-leading innovator in both safety and project execution and offers competitive solutions for both traditional and complex assignments to help build a more sustainable future for our customers and communities. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled approximately $20 billion in 2018.

H. J. Russell & Company is one of the largest minority-owned real estate development and construction services firms in the United States. A multi-faceted organization providing integrated solutions and an exceptional customer experience, Russell has developed, designed/built, renovated and managed some of the nation’s most complex and high-profile projects involving multiple stakeholders and requiring exceptional diplomacy and skill.


Actress/Filmmaker Terri J. Vaughn, Recording Artist Debra Cox and Café Mocha’s YoYo co-hosted an evening of Atlanta’s Black Hollywood Finest to pay tribute to NAACP Theater Award Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, Atlanta Media Legend Karyn Greer, Motivational Guru Sheri Riley, NCNW Atlanta Founder/Leader Diane Larche’ and more.
Photo Courtesy of Larché Communications

Cafe Mocha Salute Her Awards Makes Stop In Atlanta, Honors Local Women & Donates To Homeless Shelters

By Diane Larché

ATLANTA – In the spirit of giving, Café Mocha Radio closed out its outstanding 2019 Salute Her Awards five-city tour by blessing others. In lieu of selling tickets for its final 2019 ceremony in Atlanta December 6 at the Riverside Epicenter (135 Riverside Parkway in Austell, Georgia 30168), they asked guests to bless others by bringing a toy or a $25 gift card for entry, which will be donated to area shelters at The Nicholas House, Hosea House and Atlanta Children’s Shelter.

“This year has been such a blessing and we just wanted to share our good fortune with others,” says Sheila Eldridge, Café Mocha Radio and Salute Her Awards founder. “The amazing women we honor are largely in service to others from well-known to unsung ‘sisters’ who have stepped into their power and making a difference. Thanks to our partners Toyota, AARP, LusterPink, American Airlines, Majic107.5 and NCNW Greater Atlanta we are blessed to pay it forward.”

In addition to donating to area charities, the Salute Her Awards invited Atlanta’s film community to also take part in the celebration. Actors, producers, directors, all crew and the many, many others who make important contributions to the Atlanta film community are welcomed to come celebrate, especially in honor of the incredible Vanessa Bell Calloway who received the Director’s Award. During a career spanning over 30 years, she has been a ray of light in the industry, starring in such classics as Coming To America and What’s Love Got To Do With It, along with portraying Lady Ella Johnson on the Bounce TV hit series Saints & Sinners, filmed in Atlanta.

Other honorees include Emmy award-winning news anchor, investigative reporter and all-around legend Karyn Greer, nationally-recognized motivational speaker/author Sheri Riley, NCNW Greater Atlanta Section President Diane Larché, Pretty Girls Sweat founder strong, Women on the Rise co-founder/executive director Marilynn B. Winn and American Airlines Operations/Customer Service Manager Deneen Hewitt. As with each awards celebration, Toyota honored another outstanding veteran for her service.

Beloved actress/director/producer Terri J. Vaughn who was a 2012 Salute Her honoree was guest co-hosts with Cafe Mocha’s own YoYo and Singer Debra Cox. A musical holiday tribute from Quincy Jones protégé Shelea who was recently tapped to portray gospel singer Dorinda Clark Cole on Lifetime’s upcoming biopic on the Clark Sisters “The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel Clark Sisters was a show highlight.

Along with presenting sponsor Toyota, Sisters From AARP, Luster Pink and American Airlines this was an unforgettable evening of generous love.

Two-time Gracie Award-winning Café Mocha Radio, affectionately known as Radio from a Woman’s Perspective, airs on Sunday evenings from 6 – 8 pm, By amplifying the dialogue around various women’s issues that include family, health, relationships, beauty standards, social justice and entrepreneurship while also shining a spotlight on the positive contributions women of color make, Café Mocha Radio – hosted by Emmy-winning The Real host and comedienne Loni Love, hip-hop pioneer and newest Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood cast member YoYo and radio broadcast veteran Angelique Perrin – has emerged as the #1 radio show for women of color.