Alison Krauss (and NeNe Leakes fan!) dazzles attendees at offered-out Captain Planet Foundation gala

As Ted Turner showed up in the Captain Planet Foundation gala private reception for major contributors Friday night in the Georgia Aquarium, he earned the last tweak towards the fundraiser’s decor. He purchased the ecological non-profit’s trademark eco-friendly carpet adopted and re-folded to be able to fix a potentially harmful buckling issue on the ground. It’s little question when CNN’s Nadia Bilchik introduced the smog-fighting cartoon character’s father to attendees in the offered-out dinner within the Oceans Ballroom, she described Turner as “media tycoon, philanthropist along with a guy who still accumulates trash around the pavement.”

To his credit, Turner gamely suffered a extended flash-riddled photo op together with his gorgeous date, Atlanta author Elizabeth Dewberry, frequently searching like he’s rather trade places with Ray Liotta in a nice dinner scene located by Anthony Hopkins in “Hannibal.” However the CNN founder’s face brightened significantly as he was brought to the evening’s entertainment, 26-time Grammy champion and bluegrass phenom Alison Krauss. Surrounding Turner was his Ted’s Montana Grill business partner George McKerrow, Junior. and wife Ginair, Captain Planet Foundation co-creator Barbara Pyle (the eco conscious Pyle showed up around the carpet having a now-vintage canvas bag in the original 1990s “Captain Planet and also the Planeteers” cartoon series), singers Anoop Desai, Matt Kabus and Eryn Forest, Animal Planet host and evening’s Super hero for that Earth Award recipient Shaun Corwin, concert promoter Peter Conlon and Sacha Taylor, the wife of former Lt. Governor Mark Taylor, who described her husband’s absence to buddies, stating that Taylor was getting together with his ailing father Fred.

Backstage inside a chilly Eco-friendly Room A, Krauss, probably the most honored lady in Grammy history, was busy tuning track of Union Station member Dan Tyminski whenever we requested a couple of minutes of her time. Since Atlanta magazine was the evening’s exclusive presenting media sponsor, the shy artist graciously granted us a job interview. Despite a brandname-new Grammy nomination on her 2011 album “Paper Plane,” Krauss states the recognition never will get old. “It couldn’t possibly,” Krauss stated. “You create a record also it always seems like the first you made and also the 4g iphone you’re ever will make. It’s an excitement to possess anybody recognize it by doing so or in whatever way whatsoever, to tell the truth. We’re still shocked that this will be our job!”

This season, “Cheaper Through the Dozen 2” actor and part-time banjo-picker Steve Martin is nominated within the bluegrass category together with Krauss and Union Station. Does she plan a retaliatory strike by hatching an acting career? Laughing she responded, “Um, no! Would you suppose?!Inches

The singer was disappointed to understand the star of her favorite Atlanta-based reality show was at La Friday night and not able to go to the gala. “I really love NeNe Leakes!” she confessed. “My female friends home all love her too. We like NeNe because she’s just herself. Each time she comes on screen, we’re thrilled doing. She’s an authentic and she or he doesn’t placed on for anyone and that’s an attractive factor. Actually, I simply had a message from the friend home asking, ‘You’ve reached let me know, is her skin that lovely personally?!’”

Captain Planet Foundation chair Laura Turner Seydel welcomed Krauss backstage having a big hug. “She’s so humble, it’s amazing,” Seydel confided. “We’re offered out tonight and we’re very grateful. A variety of it is due to our entertainment but it is also because there exists a very loyal following. It will help this benefits the atmosphere, the machine that supports all existence. Individuals are really beginning to obtain that now and just how important it’s to teach, inspire and empower children. It’s all uniting. I really hope our attendees leave tonight inspired by our honorees and inspired to do this in their own individual lives too.Inches