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Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual  JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

ATLANTA (June 14, 2013) – Join Chef Ford Fry as he hosts the fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival on Sunday, July 21 from 1-5 p.m. This year, more than 40 of the South’s top chefs along with 15 skilled mixologists and over 30 farmers are teaming up to create the tastiest tomato concoctions and to help raise money for Georgia Organics.

“Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival is absolutely one of my favorite events,” says Ford Fry, owner/chef of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246 and The Optimist. “I love seeing the creativity of all the participants and I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s crop of talent comes up with,” he adds.

Tickets are now on sale for $55 per person and $50 for Georgia Organics members and can be purchased online through Xorbia. Starting Monday, July 1, all ticket prices will increase to $70 per person. A total of 1,400 tickets are available for attendees. Last year’s festival brought in close to $26,000 for Georgia Organics.

Random Acts of Kindness: Alisa Montgomery

Random Acts of Kindness: Alisa Montgomery

MARIETTA, Ga. -- This morning's Random Act of Kindness is for a remarkable mom who works tirelessly every day for her three boys. 

Alisa was moved years ago to adopt three African-American boys with special needs. As a single parent, she struggles at times to take care of them and afford things financially.

Alisa is trying to make this summer one her boys won't forget with fun trips and activities planned for the family. Thanks to a tip from her pediatrician and a generous gift from the Georgia Aquarium, 11Alive was able to help start their summer off right!

Calif. Pizza Kitchen raises money for Boston victims

Calif. Pizza Kitchen raises money for Boston victims

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- California Pizza Kitchen is doing its part to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Through Thursday, June 6, customers are invited to bring a fundraising flyer to any California Pizza Kitchen restaurant. Those who do will have 20 percent of their checks donated to The One Fund.

The flyer can be found at cpk.com/fundraiser.

Georgia has California Pizza Kitchen locations at Atlantic Station, Lenox Square and Perimeter, as well as Alpharetta, East Cobb and Norcross.

Random Acts of Kindness: Kim Polifka

Random Acts of Kindness: Kim Polifka

MARIETTA, Ga. -- We try and make your mornings positive with a Random Act of Kindness every day for someone in our community.

Monday's Random Act is for Kim Polifka from Marietta.

Kim is a mother of two, devoted wife, and also a cancer survivor. She is always doing things for others and going the extra mile.

When her friend Debbie got sick, she was there to step in and take care of her. Now, thanks to a tip from Debbie and Project Open Hand, we're able to return the favor.

Random Acts of Kindness: Ashley McKinney

Random Acts of Kindness: Ashley McKinney

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Today's Random Act of Kindness is for a special woman named Ashley, from Marietta. 

Ashley is a wonderful person who goes above and beyond the classroom as a teacher to truly connect with her kids and make their lives better. She is always putting her students first, and worries about herself last.

Thanks to a tip from her co-worker Debra, 11Alive and Mimosa Salon Spa were able to give Ashley a special gift.

Monkey Joe's to raise money for Tripp Halstead

Monkey Joe's to raise money for Tripp Halstead

ATLANTA -- Several Monkey Joe's locations in Georgia will host an event to raise money for Tripp Halstead's family.

Jump for Tripp will be held all day on Sunday, May 19. Ten percent of sales will benefit the family of the 2 year old, who was hit by a falling tree branch at his daycare center last October.

COMPLETE COVERAGE | Tripp Halstead

The Monkey Joe's venues in Cumming, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Morrow, Newnan, Roswell, Tucker and Warner Robins will participate in Jump for Tripp.

Visit monkeyjoes.com to learn more.

Sweep the Hooch registration open

Sweep the Hooch registration open

ATLANTA -- This year's Sweep the Hooch event is expected to be the biggest one yet.

The annual Chattahoochee River clean-up to slated to attract nearly 600 volunteers at a number of locations along the water.

Last year, Sweep the Hooch participants gathered up nearly four tons of trash.

"This is the kind of hands-on work that Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and our partners do that reaffirms our commitment to keeping our river clean," Chattahoochee Riverkeeper executive director Sally Bethea said in a statement. "We'll have volunteers paddling the river, wading in the water and combing the shoreline for trash."

Clean-up locations along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area run from Buford Dam to Paces Mill.

Sweep the Hooch will be Saturday, Apr. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up as an individual or with a group, visit sweepthehooch.org.