Friday, October 28, 2011

Paper Clip Becomes Charity Auction Item

How did a paper clip become a valuable, $1660 antique French footstool? And how did that footstool turn into a life-saving charitable gift? Through kindness, of course!

Here’s how it all started… The Networks of 11 Alive employ an outside sales training organization to help the sales people become confident and brave. The trainer gave each team of sales people a simple challenge as he handed them a small paper clip. The challenge? Go outside the station and meet with people you don’t know. Try to trade the paper clip for something of greater value, then take that item, go somewhere else, and trade it for something greater, and so on.

Two and a half hours later, one team came back with an amazing story.

The team consisted of Steve Pumillo, Amber Guyton, and Cindy Setlock. They started out in the drizzling rain at 10 am and headed just down the street from the station. From there, it was a whirlwind of meeting one truly good person after another. Although none of these shop owner knew why they were doing it, they knew the reputation of 11 Alive, where we make “kindness cool” and they were willing to play the game.

Here’s how it happened:

1. The paper clip was exchanged at The Gables Midtown Apartment complex for a pencil.

2. The pencil was exchanged at the American Red Cross for a personal safety/first aid kit.

3. The Personal Safety/First Aid Kit was traded at Atlanta Water Gardens for a Christine Sibley ceramic sculpture entitled “Fire” with a retail value of $99.

4. The ceramic sculpture was traded at Lisa Thompson & Associates for a Waterford Crystal Lamp valued at $395.

5. The Waterford Crystal Lamp was traded at the Lamp Shoppe for an intricately carved Piano Leg Lamp valued at $495.

6. The carved Piano Leg Lamp was traded Edgar Reeves (correction) for an antique French pastel portrait valued at $1200.

7. The antique French Pastel portrait was traded at Roebuck & Company for the $1660 antique footstool.

The outside sales trainer from Indianapolis was shocked by the kindness of these Atlanta shop owners! Of course, here at 11 Alive, we immediately started thinking about how we could continue the chain of kindness. We want to do something really cool with the footstool.

The beautiful footstool will be auctioned off for charity to benefit Senior Citizens Services of Metropolitan Atlanta for their Meals On Wheels Atlanta program at their A Meal to Remember Event for 2011 to be held on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at The St. Regis Atlanta. For more information on the event or specifically the auction, contact Steve Hargrove,

Here are the details on the Bench/Footstool:

The Bench is a French Faux Bamboo Walnut Bench in the Empire Style with a saddle shaped seat with a turned stretcher and having elaborately turned finials – with upwardly turned bamboo feet. France. 1st Half 20th Century. Height: 14 Inches; Width: 19 ½ Inches; Depth 14 Inches. Retail Value: $1,660

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chef Tingaud Guest Chef for A Meal to Remember

PASCAL TINGAUD, Chef de Cuisine, Moët & Chandon, Eparnay, France

Pascal Tingaud always knew that he wanted to be a chef. After all, his father and grandfather were chefs. Home for him was the family restaurant, L'Auberge de Conde, a two-Michelin star restaurant in La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, France. Much of his youth was spent in its kitchen developing a love for the culinary arts. At age 16, he entered the Ecole Hoteliere Jean Drouant in Paris to begin his formal training. Since then, this amiable Frenchman has travelled the world to cook at some of the most prestigious restaurants in the industry, such as Les Freres Troisgros in Roanne, a three-Michelin star restaurant. He was also chef to former French President Giscard d'Estaing. He is now the appointed chef at Chateau de Saran, home of famed champagne label Moet & Chandon, where he works to create new food pairings with the tipple. The historic Moet family residence now hosts private guests such as visiting royalties and dignitaries.

A Meal to Remember benefits Meals On Wheels Atlanta. The black-tie gala will be held Friday, November 4, at the St. Regis Atlanta.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

24th Annual A Meal to Remember Benefits Meals On Wheels Atlanta

This year marks the 24th anniversary of “A Meal to Remember” when it returns to Atlanta this fall to raise money for Meals On Wheels Atlanta, a program of Senior Citizen Services, that has been delivering daily meals to homebound seniors in the metro area since 1970. Joanne and Charles Ackerman will be honored this year for their commitment to Senior Citizen Services and Meals On Wheels Atlanta.

This year’s elegant black-tie reception is being chaired by Marjorie Harvey, Harrison Rohr, and Jack Sawyer. This year’s theme will be “Un Repas Mémorable” exploring the tastes France. The event will be held at the St. Regis Atlanta on Friday, November r. All the guest chefs hold the Master Chef of France distinction and are Chef Jean-Louis Dumonet, Chef Marc Ehrler, Chef Pascal Tingaud, Chef Nico Romo, and Chef Andre Renard. The dinner will be coordinated by Master Chef of France, Jonathan Jerusalmy, Executive Chef at the St. Regis Atlanta.

A live and silent auction featuring food and wine, trips, fine art, and more will be held in conjunction with the dinner. The event organizers hope to raise more than $400,000 which will provide more than 61,500 nutritious meals for homebound seniors.

Proceeds generated by “A Meal to Remember” benefit Meals On Wheels Atlanta, a program of Senior Citizen Services. To allocate every dollar possible to direct meal provision, organizers of the event require every expense associated with the dinner, reception and pre-event festivities be donated or underwritten by sponsorships or auction proceeds. Since the first “A Meal to Remember” in 1988, more than $4 million has been raised to support Meals On Wheels Atlanta.

Sponsorship packages range from $35,000 to $2,500. Patron tickets are $1,500 per. Tickets may be obtained by phoning 404-605-8450 or visiting