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Former mayors Sam Massell, Andy Young team up for charity

Two of Atlanta's former mayors and dynamic civic leaders will be honored at the 2018 Swan House Ball, benefiting the Atlanta History Center.

The Honorable Sam Massell and Andrew Young are this year's honorary chairs. The black-tie event starts at 6:30 p.m. April 21 with cocktails served on the lawn of the Swan House, followed by dinner, dancing and a brief live auction at the Grand Overlook Ballroom inside the History Center's main building.

(By the way the above photo from 1971 is the only one I could find of the two former mayors together in the AJC archives. Surely there must be more! If you have a more recent one send it to me. Otherwise we're sticking with this one.)

Ginny Brewer and Patrice Greer, below, are the event chairs.


Corporate chairs are Ernest Greer and John Shlesinger, the host committee and patron chairs are Jack Sawyer and Bill Torres and Millie and Steve Smith, the Ladies & Gentlemen's Committee chairs are Barbara and Eric Joiner and patron party hosts are Lorri and Forrest McClain.

Key sponsors include Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty, Greenberg Traurig, the Coca-Cola Co., Cox Enterprises Inc., Delta Air Lines, Jenny and Bob Pruitt and Wells Fargo.

Tickets begin at $2,000 per couple with other sponsorship levels available. The annual fund-raiser supports the Atlanta History Center's award-winning student education programs. More than 65,000 school children from across the state, including more than 8,000 Title I Atlanta Public School students who will participate this year free of charge, enjoy the programs annually.

For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Cheri Snyder at or Katherine Hoogerwerf at

In other History Center news, now's the time to register your children for summer camp offerings at either the Buckhead campus or the Margaret Mitchell

House at Atlanta History Center Midtown. Things start the week of June 4 and run through Aug. 3.

Each camp is a week long (Monday through Friday), and themes include "Weird History: Science Fiction Prediction," "America at War," "From Page to Stage" and "Dear Mr. Hamilton." History camps are held at the main location at 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, and writing camps are held at the Margaret Mitchell House location at 979 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta.

For more details and registration information, see the "Kids' Programs" section at or call 404-814-4000.

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