Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for all that you have done, continue to do, and will do. The Chili Cook-Off was a great success! The students sounded fantastic and we were able to raise a good bit of money. I left the exact figure at work, it will be reported at the next booster meeting - but if I remember correctly it was just shy of $2000.00! That is tremendous! GREAT JOB!

I hope that everyone is having the best Thanskgiving Break ever. Please remind your son(s)/daughter(S) that we have auditions on Monday and Tuesday when we get back. There is an early release day on Wednesday, and then we have parade practice on Thursday from 3:45-5:00. Saturday's report time is 7:00AM. I am looking forward to this experience with the students. The Children's Christmas Parade begins at Peachtree Street near Baker Street in downtown Atlanta. The route follows Peachtree Street and turns right onto Marietta Street. It will then turn left and end on Centennial Olympic Park Drive. More information can be found on the website. What an honor it is to be a part of the 30th Annual Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Parade. Seats are still available for $12.00 each through their website if you do not want to fight for a spot on the street.

This is the official press release from their website:

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's 30th Annual Christmas Parade Returns Dec. 4 to Downtown Atlanta

Limited Bleacher Seats Available for $12, Parade Proceeds Benefit Children's
ATLANTA (Holiday 2010)—Join Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Santa Claus and more than 300,000 spectators along the streets of downtown Atlanta for the largest Christmas parade in the Southeast. Now in its 30th year, the Children’s Christmas Parade will kick off the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Proceeds from the parade will help fund programs and equipment to serve the patients and families at Children’s.

“I, along with so many Atlanta residents and organizations, am proud to be a part of a tradition that families look forward to throughout the year,” said Lisa Martinez, chairman of this year’s parade. “While providing Atlanta with a memorable holiday experience, the parade also plays a vital role by raising funds to support the health care needs of Georgia’s children.”

Madison Queen, a patient of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s from McDonough, Ga., will lead Santa and Mrs. Claus, Miss Georgia, award-winning marching bands, floats, dance groups and giant helium balloons along the parade route. Prominently seated in a horse-drawn carriage, Madison will be accompanied by her parents Billy and Tina Queen.

The Children's Christmas Parade begins at Peachtree Street near Baker Street in downtown Atlanta. The route follows Peachtree Street, turns right onto Marietta Street and finishes along Centennial Olympic Park Drive.

The event is free and open to the public. For those seeking front-row access, reserved bleacher seats will go on sale Sept. 15, for $12. The Children’s Christmas Parade will also air live on WSB-TV Channel 2 (ABC), beginning at 10:30 a.m. WSB-TV's Jovita Moore and Justin Farmer will provide viewers with live updates along the parade route.

The Children’s Christmas Parade is made possible by generous supporters, including Aaron's, Arrow Exterminators, Crawford and Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Fidelity, SunTrust and Wells Fargo. Promotional support is also provided by Star94, the parade’s official radio partner, WSB-TV, the parade's broadcast partner, and the Marietta Daily Journal and Neighbor Newspapers print publications.

Attendees are encouraged to use MARTA for event transportation. The Five Points and Peachtree Center stations are within walking distance of the parade route. For more information, visit

2010 Beneficiary Services
Proceeds from the 2010 Children’s Christmas Parade will help fund programs and equipment to serve the patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Funding areas include the Children’s Sibley Heart Center, which treats more than 30,000 patients with congenital and acquired heart defects annually and is ranked among the top 10 pediatric cardiac programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Proceeds will also help fund clinical research, family support services such as chaplaincy, child life specialists and social work, and the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, a professional troupe of entertainers who deliver the healing power of humor to patients and their families. Visit and to learn more about Children’s and Friends, the volunteer organization of Children’s that helps make fundraising events, such as the parade, possible.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 16 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit for more information.


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