This year’s Blue Jean Ball benefiting Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta was quite a success, raising nearly $110,000, a 62 percent increase from funds raised at last year’s ball. The event was not your average charity gala, and Atlanta’s finest showed up to the Rodney Cook Estate in their best jeans ready to eat, drink, dance, and celebrate making Greater Atlanta a safer place. The Cook Estate was a sight to see in itself with 25 acres of picturesque landscape right in the middle of Atlanta. It’s hard to believe such a magical, secluded place exists right in the heart of the city, and the beauty of the venue was breathtaking.
Hosted by Ellen Dracos Lemming and husband Jeff Lemming, the evening began with a nice buffet spread provided by Low Country Barbecue and an open bar. As guests mingled, night began to fall, and the arrival of Mayor Kasim Reed was highly anticipated. Reed arrived and spoke with guests before giving a few remarks on stage. APD’s Chief George Turner also gave a few remarks and thanked everyone in attendance for their contributions and constant support to make Atlanta a safer place. Denim-clad guests danced the rest of the night away to Motown hits with the band Bogey & The Viceroy.
With the help of citizens and support from the business community, Crime Stoppers is achieving amazing results, helping the Atlanta Police Department make Atlanta a safer city with tips having led to more than 637 arrests, more than 96 illegal guns confiscated, and close to $1 million in recovered property and seized drugs since 2007. Crime Stoppers is a program of the Atlanta Police Foundation.