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Fighting autism with Fire and Ice
Milton charity’s ice sculpting marathon to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Forsyth

by Kelly Brooks

February 04, 2013

Nathaphak Maphu, right, a student in Chattahoochee Technical College’s culinary program, shapes his sculpting team’s ice dragon. KELLY BROOKS.
The fundraiser featured an ice wall with sponsors’ logos, including Milton Business Alliance and Crye-Leike Realtors. KELLY BROOKS.
Sara Mellars, left, also a Chattahoochee Tech culinary student, carefully crafts the dragon’s face.KELLY BROOKS.
Master of ceremonies Johnny O’Leary ("Johnny O"), afternoon DJ at Atlanta’s Q100 radio station, with Mandy White, co-founder of Milton-based Children’s Charities Inc. Courtesy of Kevin White.
Children’s Charities Inc. co-founder Mandy White said about 200 people attended the Fire and Ice reception. Courtesy of Kevin White.
Courtesy of David Norbery.
MILTON, Ga. – On a cloudless, chilly afternoon Jan. 26, ice sculptors assiduously carved away at 300-pound chunks of frozen water. The weather was all too appropriate for the occasion, Fire and Ice, a marathon sculpting event and reception held in Atlanta by Milton-based Children's Charities Inc. Proceeds go toward Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's purchase of a $240,000 Autism Detection Unit that will be located at their facility in the Avenue Forsyth, said Mandy White, co-founder of Children's Charities.

White's organization will be hosting another creatively themed event, Denim and Diamonds, April 27 at Shannondale Farms in Milton to raise more funds for the unit. The evening includes dinner under a covered riding arena, a culinary competition, a silent auction and live music. For more information, visit