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Lanier Village Estates team members were, from left, Matt Sanchez, cook; Matt Hulsey, cook (college student); Tony Denauro, executive chef; Andrew Weeks, cafe supervisor; Flavia Campos, cook; and Lanier Village Estates Executive Director Alice Eckhardt. The team is on its way to the Battle for Best Finals in Pennsylvania.

At the recent Mid-South Regional Finals for Battle for the Best to benefit ACTS Samaritan Fund for seniors in need, Lanier Village Estates went head-to-head against Plantation Estates in Matthews, N.C., and came out on top in a cooking contest.

Lanier’s winning menu included crab, coffee and mushroom bruschetta as appetizer; block-cut blackened New York strip with cranberry coffee risotto as entrée; and coffee delight for dessert.

The benefit, which has raised more than $6,000 will now move to Pennsylvania, with the final cookoff scheduled for Sept. 25.


Jazzercise Gainesville and Braselton recently joined forces with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for the annual Jazzerthon for the Cure.

The event raised $198,000 to support the mission to enable women to detect and survive breast cancer.

The ninth annual Jazzerthon for the Cure was held Feb. 13 at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead and included three consecutive high energy group fitness classes featuring Jazzercise instructors and customers from around Georgia.

All totaled, Jazzerthon for the Cure has raised more than $1.5 million for Komen Atlanta since 2003.

"Jazzercise has always been committed to making a difference in woman’s lives and helping them understand the value of health and fitness. I am so proud of everyone who participated to raise funds for such a worthy cause," said Colleen Manji, owner and instructor of Jazzercise Gainesville & Braselton, who taught a routine at the event.

Seventy-five percent of the donations raised during this year’s Jazzerthon for the Cure will be earmarked to fund education, screening and treatment programs supported by Komen Atlanta in a 10-county service area. Twenty-five percent of the funds will be allocated toward the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Programs supporting educational, research and scientific programs around the world.

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