Patterson has been a mainstay on the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia’s planning committee for its 10th annual Taste of Love gala for much of the past decade.
The event — to be held Feb. 8 at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead — is typically a hot ticket this time of year.
“You’ll be wined, you’ll be dined and you’ll definitely be entertained,” said Patterson. “You get a pretty good bang for your buck.”
The charitable outing — the foundation’s biggest fundraiser — has drawn, on average, about 600 guests.
Proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s array of programs, including its medication fund. That endeavor provides epileptics unable to procure medicine used to treat their condition due to financial or other reasons with a 30-day supply immediately.
Yet another arm of the foundation provides scholarships to summer camps for youth with epilepsy whose families likely could not otherwise afford to send them.
“[The foundation] has a number of other outreaches, whether you’re a teenager, college student or senior citizen,” Patterson said. “It has an answer to the various needs of the demographics within our state.”
Its aforementioned attributes explains how the Taste of Love event got its name. Moreover, its decade-long run sweetens things even more, supporters say.
“We’re celebrating our accomplishments over the last 10 years,” said Patterson. “We’ve helped 575 people through the medication fund, sent almost 800 kids to camp and trained close to 40,000 people working in schools, daycare facilities, government facilities and Head Start centers, … which is very special.”
The gala will begin with cocktails and a silent auction before transitioning to an elegant seated dinner. Live entertainment will be on hand to contribute to the atmosphere.
Attendees can opt to participate in a live auction and cap off the night on the dance floor guided by a deejay at the official after-party.
The event has generally drawn a cross-section of foundation supporters.
“Ages [of attendees] run the gamut — 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s,” Patterson said. “It’s definitely not an old-fogey event … not with people dancing ’til 2 o’clock in the morning.”
Many of the hundreds of guests on hand are familiar faces.
“We like that,” said Patterson. “It just tells us that they care about the cause … and that we throw a good party.”
If you go:
o What: Taste of Love gala
o Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 3434 Peachtree Road, Buckhead
o When: Feb. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
o Tickets: $300 per person; $3,000 for a table of 10; $3,600 for a table of 12
o Information: (404) 527-7155 or www.epilepsyga.org