Lisa Tush and Laura Turner Seydel are on an environmental mission – with the ladies-who-lunch crowd in their sights.
Their first “Enlightenment Lunch” packed the Biltmore ballroom with more than 300 guests last fall, and the second sold out a larger room at the Marriott Marquis last week.
If their third, on April 20, wasn’t already booked at the new Loew’s, we might suggest the Georgia Dome, given Stephanie Blank is among their supporters.
(Toward the end of the event she talked about the chemicals found in many common cosmetics, and encouraged attendees to visit the Environmental Working Group Web site to investigate the true contents of their makeup bags.
“I’m Southern,” she said. “I don’t go out of the house without lipstick.”)
Keynote speaker Dr. Phil Landrigan discussed environmental toxins and the impact public policy can have on public health. Taking lead out of gasoline, he said, caused lead blood levels to plummet 90 percent. And during the 1996 Olympics, when people took public transit or otherwise stayed off the roads, area hospitals noted a pronounced dip in respiratory ailments.
“We humans created these problems,” Landrigan said. “We can figure out how to fix them.”
The crowd of more than 600 included a slew of legislators, Mayor Kasim Reed, former Atlanta first lady Carolyn Young and Valerie Jackson, widow of the late former Mayor Maynard Jackson, and social scenesters Sally Dorsey, Merry Carlos, Joanne Chesler Gross, Jane Dean, Dottie Smith, Wendy Babchin, Kelly Willet, Julie Fisher, Tucker Berta and Serenbe founders Steve and Marie Nygren, who donated an overnight stay at the Inn at Serenbe and “Fried Chicken Sunday” for door prizes.