3rd Annual Margaritas 4 Myeloma 2011

On Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 8:00 - 11:00 pm, Marty & Christine's Miracles invites you to join our fight to find a cure for Multiple Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, at Dunwoody Tavern while partying it up for a purpose in Atlanta!

  • $5 Herradura Tequila margaritas on the rocks and shots!
  • $5 raffle tickets for prizes valued over $100!
  • Fredy's famous $5 taco plates!
  • Live music by Session 3!
  • Football on 2 giant HDTV screens!
  • "Margarita Girls"

And a $10 suggested donation gets you:

  • One raffle ticket for a prize package of your choosing!
  • Door prize entry!
  • Giveaways!

Prize donors are listed below, as we receive them!

3nd Annual Margaritas 4 Myeloma

All proceeds go toward the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) through the Marty and Christine's Miracles team in the Atlanta MMRF Race for Research!

Special thanks to our event sponsors:

Beverage Sponsor: Herradura Tequila
Live Music: Session 3
Event Photographer: Sommer Wildes Photography
Texting Services: Penem Digital Media
Host Venue: Dunwoody Tavern

5488 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

2011 Prize Donations *



The Atlanta Beat (Kennesaw) - Two Tickets to a 2012 Atlanta Beat Women's Professional Soccer game on the west sideline ($50 value).

Canvas By U! (Dunwoody, East Cobb, North Druid Hills) - A Gift Certificate for Two for BYOB painting Monday through Wednesday evenings at any location ($50 value).

Young Chefs Academy (Sandy Sandy Springs) - A Free Cooking Class ($35 value) for Jr. Chefs (elementary), Sr. Chefs (middle and high school), or KinderCook (Ages 3-5).

Landmark Theatres Midtown Art Cinema - Four VIP Guest Passes ($40 value). The premier home for independent, foreign language and documentary films in the heart of intown Atlanta. The concession stand offers gourmet candies, baked goods, beer, wine, and spirits, and a full espresso bar.

Roswell Ghost Tour (Roswell) - 12 Admissions (each a $15 value) to the infamous ghost tour in Historic Roswell. A year-round outdoor walking tour for about 2 and 1/2 hours with no actors or made up stories! You'll hear about current paranormal phenomena that is routinely experienced by residents, business owners, and tour attendees!

PaintballTickets.com - 12 All Day Paintball Admission Passes (each up to a $35 value) at any participating field nationwide, including one semi-automatic paintball marker, battle mask, chest protector, neck guard, and your orientation to teach you how to play. Paintballs and air must be purchased at the field. Participating Atlanta area fields include Paintball Atlanta off Exit 12 on GA-400.



Blo Beauty Bar (Brookhaven) - A Shampoo and Blowdry ($35 value). This concept salon focuses on creating the perfect look based on clients needs and wants!

The Elaine Sterling Institute (Sandy Springs) - Gift Certificates for Microdermabration ($45 value), a European Facial ($30 value), and a Pumpkin Peel ($35 value). Spa services are performed by students, who are trained to provide world-class service.

Hollywood Tans (Buckhead, Roswell, Midtown, Toco Hills) - Four $20 Gift Cards. Get an instant UV-free tan powered by the infamous Mystic Tan or try one of their 5 different models of UV tanning beds!



Hoppe Jewels - A Midnight Black Shimmer Pendant Necklace with Matching Semi Precious Stones Bracelet ($45 value). Custom funky fashion jewelry by our friend, Emily Hoppe!

Konvine - 45 pairs of Foldable Flats (each pair valued at $12.95 or $31.95). Rollable ballerina flats that are comfortable, convenient and chic for your big night out, your wedding, traveling to work, the plane ride, or around the office! Styles include regular roll-ups in Black, Pink, and White as well as camo & skull, silver & heart, leopard & skull, black & peace sign, and camo & peace sign. (a total $1,096 value!)



Atlanta Kick (Buckhead) - 10 Kickboxing Classes ($200 value), where you can burn 600 calories in an hour, Two Week Karate Membership including uniform ($99 value), where you can lose weight, improve health, and develop self confidence and a positive attitude, and One Month of AK Cross Fit ($169 value), designed to provide a great workout for all kinds of people at all fitness levels.

Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Rock Climbing Gym (West Midtown) - Two Gift Certificates for an Introduction to Gym Climbing Class (each a $35 value), including instruction, gear rental and same-day climbing time. Learn basic climbing techniques, knots, belaying, climbing signals and the proper use of harnesses and other climbing equipment.

Bikram Yoga Decatur - 24 Class Card for the original Decatur hot yoga studio and the only studio inside the Atlanta perimeter offering all Bikram, all the time. ($264 value)

BTB Fitness (Chamblee, Buckhead, Vinings, Poncey Highlands) - One Week of CrossFit Dynamics ($150 value), a workshop for newcomers to the CrossFit program, One Month of CrossFit Classes ($150 value), and 10 CrossFit Kids Classes ($200 value).

Condition Kettlebell Gym (Atlanta) - An Introductory Workshop and a 5 Class Punch Card ($137 value). There is no faster, more certain way to get amazing weight loss and see-it-in-the-mirror fitness results!

Escalade Indoor Rock Climbing Gym (Kennesaw) – Four Gift Certificates for a Family of Four to a Climb Time Session (each a $72 value) during Family Night on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Climb Time is the perfect program for walk-in and beginner climbers to come in and give it a try!

Operation Bootcamp - 30 Days of Bootcamp ($350 value) at any location in the US, with 25 locations in the Atlanta metro area, including Alpharetta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Gwinnett, Kennesaw, Marietta, Stone Mountain, and Smyrna.



Dunwoody Bakery - A $50 Gift Certificate. A 100% gluten free bakery that has been providing delicious cookies, cakes and more by delivery to the Dunwoody area and now opening a new storefront on November 9th!

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters - A Keurig B40 Elite Brewer with Quiet Brew Technology and Four Boxes of Vermont Country Blend K-cups ($159 value).

Sinless Cocktails - One Gift Basket including a cooler with three Sinless Cocktail mixes, coupons, cups, rimming salt and product information ($100 value).



Dog Days (Chamblee) - Three Days of Doggie Day Care ($84 value). The facility is a play-all-day, cage-free environment consisting of indoor and outdoor play, with separate playrooms for small dogs and big dogs to ensure compatibility by size. You can also watch your "furry kid" play on live webcams!

Jabula Dog Academy (Decatur, Brookhaven) - A certificate for a 6 week Group Basic Obedience Class ($185 value), designed to teach the basics in obedience and manners: sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, come, no jumping, leave it, and teaching your dog to wait for there release. Classes are kept small to ensure that you get personal attention if needed!

Pretty & Painted Pets - A $50 Gift Certificate toward any painted portrait. Portraitist, Kenan Hill, does beautiful custom painted pet portraits out of North Carolina. Kenan even sold her first piece of art when she was just 8 years old!



Anis Cafe & Bistro (Buckhead) - A $50 Gift Card. Enjoy lunch, brunch or dinner with French flair and a cozy atmosphere.

Cafe Intermezzo (Dunwoody, Buckhead) - Three $10 Gift Certificates for either the Perimeter or Brookwood locations. They offer over 100 different tortes, tarts, cakes, pies and cheesecakes, scores of coffee beverages and other beverages, and international lunch and dinner menus with a plethora of offerings.

Farm Burger (Buckhead) - A $50 Gift Card. After great success at the original location in Decatur, Farm Burger comes to Buckhead! 100% grassfed beef that is dry-aged and ground fresh. No antibiotics, hormones, or grain. Menu is seasonal and sourced from local farms.

Fresh to Order (Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Midtown, Cumberland Mall, Johns Creek, Chattanooga, TN) - Three $20 Gift Cards. Get "fine. food. fast." at one of our favorite dine in or carry out restaurants featuring salads, panini sandwiches, and long plates made with fresh, quality ingredients.

Metrotainment Cafes - A $50 Gift Card for use at Einstein's (Midtown), know for its award-winning brunch, Joe's on Juniper (Midtown), Joe's on Sullivan (College Park), Garrison's Broiler & Tap (Vinings), Sugar Shack (Brookhaven), Hudson Grille (Midtown, Brookhaven, Alpharetta, and coming to Sandy Springs December 2011), "Atlanta's Best Sports Bar...Period!" and host to the MMRF Race for Research Kick Off Event for the last two years at the Midtown location, Cowtippers (Morningside), or Metrotainment Bakery (West Midtown).

Padriac's (Vinings) - A $50 Gift Certificate. Since it's beginnings in 1998, Padriac’s (say "Padricks"!) has become a landmark. Padriac’s offers a casual atmosphere with a neighborhood feel and a fine dining experience. Check out their selection of 39 draught and over 40 bottled beers!

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant (Midtown) - A $25 Gift Certificate. Sushi, signature rolls and Japanese fusion cuisine for lunch and dinner. Enjoy it on the patio or drop by for Happy Hour, and see why everything’s more fun in the RA.

The Tavern at Phipps (Buckhead) – Lunch or Dinner (up to a $40 value). Enjoy classic American fare at this hotspot at Phipps Plaza, continually recognized for the "BEST looking wait staff!"

Wildfire Steaks, Chops & Seafood (Dunwoody) - A $25 Gift Certificate. Located just outside Perimeter Mall, they serve signature dishes such as the Horseradish Crusted Filet, Wildfire Chopped Salad, Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and Cedar Planked Salmon.

Willy’s Mexicana Grill (Buckhead, Midtown, Edgewood, Vinings, Athens, Marietta, Perimeter, Lindbergh, Decatur, Midtown, East Cobb, Peachtree Center, Kennesaw, Hapeville, Norcross, West Midtown) - Dinner for Four and a Willy’s T-Shirt ($34 value). Discover the difference Willy's wide selection of top-quality ingredients can make.



Chris’ AngelsA First Time Home Cleaning ($250 value). A quality, dependable cleaning service, serving Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Roswell & Alpharetta.

Mind Body Spirit Wellness (Atlanta) - One Free Acupuncture Session, One Free Individual Holistic Life Coaching Session, and One Free Reiki Energy Balance Session (each valued at $125).

Sandy Springs Music - Four 30-minute Music Lessons ($120 value). They offer specialized and innovative classes and lessons in Guitar, Bass, Piano, Voice, Drums, Cello, Violin, Viola, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle and all the brass and woodwind instruments as well. Styles include rock, pop, jazz, latin, spanish, bluegrass, gospel, blues, classical and more.

Sommer Wildes Photography - A One-Hour Portrait Session with 10 Retouched Photos on Disk with Printing Rights ($150 value). Sommer is our event photographer, so we know you will be delighted with her work! With an all female staff, Sommer does all types of photography, including Boudoir, Headshots, Maternity, Portraits and Weddings.



Academy Theatre (Avondale Estates) - Two Tickets to Any Performance ($30 value) through December 31, 2012.

ART Station (Stone Mountain) - Two Tickets to Any 2011-2012 Season Production ($52 value) through August 19, 2012. ART Station is a contemporary arts center producing professional theatre, gallery and education programs in historic Stone Mountain Village.

The Atlanta Opera - Two Tickets to "Lucia Di Lammermoor" ($200 value) at the final dress rehearsal on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Cobb Energy Centre.

Aurora Theatre (Lawrenceville) - Two Tickets to Any Upcoming Performance before June 2012 ($86 value). Choose from the 16th season of Aurora's "Christmas Canteen" musical review November/December 2011, the drama "A Body of Water" January/February 2012, the musical "Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale" March/April 2012, or the comedy "The Fox on the Fairway" May2012.

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (Alpharetta) - Two Reserved Seat Tickets and One Parking Pass for the 2012 Concert Season ($200 value). 45 acres and 12,000 seats in a landscaped park-like atmosphere allows concertgoers to enjoy music surrounded by large heritage trees, plants, and flowers. Ranked 19th in the world on Pollstar’s Top 2010 Amphitheatres by ticket sales and nominated by Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in 2008 and 2009 as "Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue."

Whole World Improv Theatre (Midtown) - Tickets for Two to any Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night show ($48 value) to the hilarious Atlanta's antidepressant since 1994! The ATL's premiere improv comedy group! If you haven't seen them yet, you are missing out on a true Atlanta tradition!



Beau Rivage Resort & Casino - A Two-Night Stay ($400 value). An MGM Resorts International property and Four Diamond Casino Resort with entertainment, restaurants, nightlife, spa and golf course.  



Chattanooga Cupcakes - Two Gift Cards for 6 Free Cupcakes ($36 value). Since 2009, their priorities are to provide a great product and great customer service. Baked fresh from scratch each morning with the freshest and highest quality ingredients.

St. Johns Restaurant - Gift Certificate ($75 value). Since 2000, St. John's has offered quality, ambiance, attention to detail, comfort and much more typically only found in large cities around the world in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Tennessee Aquarium - Two Admission Tickets ($50 value). Rated number one for guest satisfaction among US Aquariums, enjoy a remarkable journey with 10,000 animals.

* Some prize donations may be grouped together to create higher value or specialized prize packages, depending on value and/or type. Raffle tickets are $5 per individual prize package and multiple tickets may be purchased for an individual or multiple prize packages. Some prize packages may be offered by silent auction for larger value items or through an online auction to accommodate those who cannot make the actual event. Smaller value donations will be used for door prizes for those who make the suggested $10 donation. Smaller value donations or coupons provided in larger quantities will be used as "giveaways" for those who make the suggested $10 donation. Raffle and door prize winners will be announced throughout the evening. Raffle winners will be announced in order of prize package value starting from the smallest value, with the highest value prize package(s) being announced at the end of the event. Door prizes will also be announced randomly throughout the night. Raffle and door prize winners must be present to win. Dates of the online auction are to be determined. All prizes are in-kind donations, and we cannot be held responsible for the quality, monetary value, or the honoring of prizes won.

Other Ways to Help

If you can't make it to Margaritas 4 Myeloma, or if that's just not your scene, why not consider helping us out in other ways?
  • Join our team as a walker, runner or virtual member in the Race for Research Atlanta on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Piedmont Park. It's just a $25 registration, no minimum fundraising required, and you'll get a race t-shirt!
  • Donate to our team online at the Marty & Christine's Miracles team page. Remember, no donation is too small and it's tax-deductible!
  • Tell your friends about Margaritas 4 Myeloma who might be interested in coming out even if you can't! 

About Marty & CHRISTINE's Miracles

Marty's Miracles Team 2010

In our fourth year of participation, the Marty & Christine's Miracles team (formerly Marty's Miracles) in honor of Marty Caropresso Hill, the mother of Maria Barrios-Smith and Tracey Milcarek, and Christine Stroud, the mother of Cristina Ramey. Marty was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2007 and Christine was diagnosed in 2005.

In 2008, thanks to our family and friends' tremendous support, our team raised over $8,000, and we were the second highest fundraising team. In 2009, with only four team members (one being virtual!), we became the top fundraising team bringing in a total of $6,365, thanks in large part to Margaritas 4 Myeloma. In 2010, we beat our team goal bringing in over $8,600 and again we were honored with the top fundraising team award, and Cristina was the top individual fundraiser for the entire event! 

We would like to especially recognize the Kent Family Charitable Foundation for their generous donation to our team every year we have been participating. We could not have done it without you!

Learn More About Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma (also known as Myeloma) is a relatively rare blood cancer. It is a cancer of the plasma cells, an important part of the immune system that produces antibodies to help fight infection and disease. Excessive numbers of abnormal plasma cells grow in the bone marrow along with an overproduction of certain intact antibodies.

These cancerous cells damage the bones and cause bone pain. Other problems caused by Myeloma include infections, anemia, hypercalcemia, renal damage, problems with bruising and bleeding, damage to some of the body's organs, particularly the kidneys, weakness, fatigue, increased susceptibility to bacterial infections, and impaired production of normal antibodies.

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 20,520 new cases will be diagnosed, while an estimated 10,610 will die from Multiple Myeloma in 2011. In the United States, the lifetime risk of getting multiple myeloma is 1 in 159.

While Multiple Myeloma is considered to be incurable, it is a treatable disease. There are more treatments today than ever before that are helping patients live longer, healthier lives. The MMRF has played a pivotal role in bringing patients 4 new treatments in 4 years! Introduction of these treatments has helped to more than double life expectancy among some patients to almost 7 years. MMRF founder, Kathy Giusti, is now in her 13th year of survival.

For more information on Multiple Myeloma, visit our resources:
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: What Is Multiple Myeloma?
American Cancer Society Detailed Guide: Multiple Myeloma
National Cancer Institute: Multiple Myeloma
MedlinePlus: Multiple Myeloma 

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2011 Event Sponsors

Dunwoody Tavern
Herradura Tequila

Sommer Wildes Photography

Penem Digital Media


2011 Prize Sponsors

Konvine Foldable Flats

Atlanta Kick

BTB Fitness


Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Biloxi Mississippi

Mind Body Spirit Wellness - Dr Maiysha Clairborne

Escalade Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Bikram Yoga Decatur

Chris' Angels Cleaning Service

The Elaine Sterling Institute

The Atlanta Opera

Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre at Encore Park

Jabula Dog Academy

Roswell Ghost Tour

Condition Kettlebell Gym

Sandy Springs Music

Sinless Cocktails

Aurora Theatre

Dog Days Chamblee

Hollywood tans of Atlanta

St. John's Restaurant - Chattanooga

Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Fresh to Order

ART Station

Anis Cafe & Bistro

The Atlanta Beat Women's Professional Soccer

Canvas By U!

Dunwoody Bakery

Farm Burger Buckhead

Metrotainment Cafes

Padriac's - Vinings

Pretty & Painted Pets

Tennessee Aquarium

Whole World Improv Theatre

Landmark Theatres Midtown Art Cinema

The Tavern at Phipps

Chattanooga Cupcakes

Blo Beauty Bar

Young Chefs Academy of Sandy Springs

Willy's Mexicana Grill

Academy Theatre

Cafe Intermezzo

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant

Wildfire Restaurant - Steaks, Chops & Seafood - Atlanta - Perimeter Mall



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