Past and present Buckhead residents will convene Saturday for the second Buckhead Native Reunion from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 140 in Chastain Park.
“It’s like a multi-generational high school reunion,” said Buckhead Native Association executor and reunion chair Taylor Adams.
This year, the reunion primarily benefits the SHARE (Shaping Hope and Recovery Excellence) Initiative of Buckhead’s Shepherd Center, a program providing U.S. military service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with rehabilitation and community-based care, giving them treatment services for brain, spinal or blast injuries.
Additionally, it offers the soldiers and their families support throughout recovery and beyond, and works toward legislative change to provide for unfunded services.
“I have worked with some of the veterans at the Post 140 and this is something that I wanted to do, being a son of a veteran,” Adams said. “The Buckhead Native Reunion is not a huge deal yet but we are hoping to grow and raise money every year for programs like the SHARE Initiative. Any money counts.”
Tickets are $35 per person and the event will include food from LowCountry Barbecue in Smyrna along with beer and wine. A DJ will play music from all generations.
“Our goal is to not only raise money for the community but to bring the community back together, including people that live here currently and even people in other parts of the country who want to come and see their old friends,” Adams said. “We want to give people a reason to come and reminisce about past times and about the new Buckhead.”
However, Adams said the event is also a way for people to meet new friends.
“Let’s use the term ‘native’ somewhat loosely. It could mean that you went to high school here and you are a native or maybe you’ve been here for 20 years and you’ve raised your kids here,” Adams said. “But certainly we’re trying to keep it to the people who have that adoration for Buckhead.”
Additionally, reunion volunteer Debbie Rainer said she has high hopes after the event’s premiere success last year.
“We really feel like there [were] a lot of good friendships reconnected and started. There’s this instant connection,” Rainer said. “We come from similar backgrounds and sometimes around here in Atlanta, it’s hard to find.”
Call (404) 664-6645 or email TaylAdams@gmail.com.