What can you say about Mardi Gras except it’s the universal party atmosphere that evokes fun and debauchery – not necessarily a bad thing in it’s combination. However, it’s a rare experience when a new take on the festivities happens in Atlanta. Especially when the guest of honor Mrs. Georgia United 2012 offers a new twist on the meaning of giving back.
Nancy Klausner, better known as Mrs. Georgia United 2012, celebrated her birthday at Truffles Restaurant on January 23rd. The Mardi Gras theme, an added bonus, set the backdrop for her to give back to the community. The intimate setting was also a charity dinner benefiting her new non-profit Higher Family Achievement organization.
Guests were treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and gift bags from sponsors Curls and Unique Tulips before the lady of the evening arrived. It was a chance to mingle and work the room but upon her arrival, the room came alive with anticipation of the information and festivities to come. Over dinner, Nancy was surprised when she was serenaded to Happy Birthday by the acapella song stylings from the duo LISSEN. Then it was time for dinner and some serious chow down.
As the charming and eloquent birthday girl greeted each guest individually, I got a chance to talk to her about this annual event and what her organization is about. I learned of her large family and the need to affect a change in others’ lives as being an important part of her life. Considering she’s doing so much anyway, it’s a wonder how this school teacher can actually make room for anything else, especially a new organization such as the Higher Family Achievement. This is more about family than about children, but it’s all relevant and related. It was her compassion that sold me as she conveyed what and how important this cause is. So much so that actually had to stop the interview and remember this was her birthday; it was a cause for celebration.