“A lot of the people who are in this program have kind of fallen through the cracks of the system,” Roxland said. “Often times, it’s several years that they have already been separated from the military, and they’re just floundering out there without the support that they need. This program is able to work with them and their families and help give them all of the skills and strategies and techniques to help them re-engage into society.”
Shepherd, located in Buckhead, specializes in treating patients with brain or spinal cord injuries. Roxland said the SHARE program includes a comprehensive group of services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, psychological counseling and working with a recreational therapist.
The services are at no cost to the patients or their families, he said. What is not financed through insurance is funded through donations, grants and special events like the Summer in the City benefit held Wednesday at Greystone at Piedmont Park in Midtown.
“We need to raise about $1.1 [million] or $1.2 million per year to keep the program going because of the lower reimbursements from military insurance, so the only way that that’s really able to happen is through support from the community,” Roxland said.
Florina Newcomb, special events associate with the foundation, said the 2013 Summer in the City raised $100,000 and she hopes this year’s event is just as successful.
“[Attendees] can expect 14 different chefs from some of the best restaurants in town doing food tastings,” she said. “They can expect 20 different wines.”
The fundraiser also will include beer tastings, two bars serving mixed drinks, a silent auction and live music.
Newcomb said in addition to raising money, the event helps spread awareness of the program. The fundraiser is planned by the Shepherd Center Society, a volunteer group of 30- to 45-year-olds.
If you go:
What: Summer in the City
When: Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Greystone at Piedmont Park, 1491 Piedmont Ave., Midtown
Tickets: $90 online through Monday at 5 p.m.; $100 at the door