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Advancing Atlanta 2015: Vote Now for Your Favorite Atlanta Non-Profit Organization!

PrintHere at Advanced Aesthetics, we witness amazing transformations on a daily basis. One of the most rewarding aspects of our practice is helping people to recognize both their inner and outer beauty. We’ve also had the pleasure of seeing Atlanta go through its own transformations, and watching our city thrive has been exciting.

Advanced Aesthetics created the Advancing Atlanta Award to celebrate civic and aesthetic contributions to our beautiful city made by nonprofit organizations, groups, and individuals. All of our nominees have shown an innovative approach to community improvement through passionate effort and unyielding commitment.

The winner, selected through popular vote, will be awarded a $1,000 prize once the votes have been tallied. The first runner up will receive a prize of $250. The contest opens 9:00 AM EST Thursday, March 12, 2015 and will run through 5:00 PM EST Friday, March 27, 2015. Community members can vote once per day on the contest page for the duration of the voting period.

Ready to meet the 2015 Advancing Atlanta nominees? Find out more about the amazing organizations we’ve chosen below:


Atlanta BeltLine

Nominated by: Joseph Raniere, Jr., M.D.

“Where can I begin? The Atlanta BeltLine is a huge, inspiring urban redevelopment project that is bringing so much to our city. I’m consistently impressed with their efforts and amazed with the work they’ve already accomplished.” Dr. Raniere

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting 45 historically divided neighborhoods directly to each other. This new public space is bringing citizens together in new and unprecedented ways.


The Creatives Project

Nominated by: Paul Feldman, M.D.

“I have a great appreciation for artistic talent: simply said, artists make our world better. I’m fortunate to apply my aesthetic skills every day in the operating room and am an enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Atlanta. I nominated The Creatives Project as it supports Atlanta’s visual and performing artists, and educates up and coming artists—thereby making Atlanta a more vibrant and beautiful place to live.” Dr. Feldman

The mission of The Creatives Project (TCP) is to enrich and strengthen local communities through quality arts-based education and outreach, while celebrating and elevating Atlanta’s visual and performing artists. TCP strengthens and unites arts, education, community, and commerce by creating an arts eco-system that empowers citizens to recognize Atlanta’s potential.

TCP accomplishes this goal by engaging fresh resources, implementing crucial and deliberate arts and culture initiatives, and leading arts-based education. TCP patrons donate subsidized housing and free studio space to support artists as they serve Atlanta neighborhoods by generating vibrant and fertile communities poised for economic growth and cultural development.


Trees Atlanta

Nominated by: Edward Gronka, M.D.

“I grew up near the Pocono Mountains and have always had an appreciation for wild, natural beauty. Moving to a metropolitan setting can be an unsettling experience for a nature lover, which is I why I enthusiastically support Trees Atlanta and their initiatives to preserve Atlanta’s urban forest. I’m grateful to this organization for keeping Atlanta beautiful.” Dr. Gronka

Founded in 1985, Trees Atlanta is a non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to protecting Atlanta’s urban forest through planting, conservation, and education.

Trees Atlanta has worked for 30 years to address Atlanta’s tree loss, protect its forests, and create new greenspace. Trees Atlanta has a small staff and Board of Directors, but the driving force behind their efforts is a community of volunteers.

Trees Atlanta’s programs such as NeighborWoods, Forest Restoration, Education, and Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum work to preserve, expand, and improve the health of the tree canopy in Atlanta’s neighborhoods.



Nominated by: Joel M. Stewart, M.D.

“WonderRoot is one of the most impressive Atlanta-based organizations. By empowering artists to engage with and advocate for their communities, they are fostering a new generation of local pride and commitment. Art and advocacy create synergy, and WonderRoot has harnessed that energy to improve our city with their programs.” Dr. Stewart

Founded in 2004, WonderRoot is an Atlanta-based nonprofit arts organization with a mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change. Through the operation of the WonderRoot Community Arts Center in Reynoldstown and more than 400 different programs, events, and educational initiatives each year, WonderRoot supports artists to have successful professional careers in Atlanta while working to address health, environmental, social, and youth development issues through community-based art programs.

Each week, WonderRoot reaches someone from the age 5 to age 75 from diverse cultural backgrounds, with teens and artists in their early thirties making up a large percentage of our core constituency. In 2014, WonderRoot reached more than 40,000 Atlantans through programs and exhibitions, while many more are positively affected by our work throughout the city.

Cast Your Vote Now!

We need your help to choose the 2015 Advancing Atlanta Award winner and recipient of the $1,000 prize. And remember, the first runner up will also receive $250, so every vote counts!

Once a day, visit the contest page to cast your vote for one of the nominated organizations. You will be able to vote once per day for the entirety of the voting period. It’s up to you!

Good luck 2015 nominees!

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