“Each year, Friends volunteers collectively raise funds that go towards specific funding goals,” said Leslie. “These goals are selected based on specific needs of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.”
Leslie added that in 2013 Friends volunteers hosted more than 100 community events and fundraising initiatives and collectively were able to raise $2.5 million for the hospital.
On Saturday, the Dunwoody Friends group will do its part in raising funds for the hospital with the 11th annual Taste of Dunwoody. The $100 per ticket event will be at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Dunwoody, from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
“We have about 30 restaurants that will be supplying tastes of food,” said event co-chair Amanda Becker. “And so it’s various restaurants around Dunwoody and the Sandy Springs area and once again we have a local band, Yacht Rock Revue, to provide entertainment.”
The ticket includes two drink tickets. Besides the tasting and entertainment, there will also be a silent auction throughout the event with prizes such as a Royal Caribbean seven-night Caribbean cruise for two.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event goes to the hospital, and co-chair Tracey Nies said she loves seeing the community come together to support the organization.
“Just to echo what Tracey said, it’s always great to see our friends and neighbors especially after the holidays and see how everyone’s break was,” said Becker. “Just to be part of the community to support the hospital is the best for me.”
The nonprofit hospital is the largest Medicaid provider in Georgia, caring for children who may not otherwise be able to receive lifesaving treatments. It is home to the only Level 1 and Level 2 pediatric trauma centers in Georgia and includes 529 licensed beds, three hospitals and 20 neighborhood locations.
-Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
-Moondog Growlers/Red Hare Brewing
-South City Kitchen
-Eclipse di Luna
-Rita’s Italian Ice
-Legal Sea Foods
-Cold Brews Bar and Grill
-Red Pepper Taqueria
-Red Spoon Bakery
-Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant