2015 Fall Gala
Why Support Our Fall Gala?
Each year this benefit, In the Moment—A Celebration of Life, celebrates the work of Visiting Nurse and honors the volunteers and sponsors who enable our organization to serve the community. Proceeds benefit various care programs.
2015 Fall Gala Recap
The 2015 fall gala, held November 18 at the Cherokee Town Club, exceeded fundraising goals by more than 40% to support hospice patients and their families receiving care in their home, at Hospice Atlanta Center, and through our hospital partners! This year we honored the service and commitment of the Carlos family, a name synonymous with leadership and giving in greater Atlanta. The gala was redesigned this year—instead of a seated dinner as in previous years, this year guests enjoyed a selection of culinary favorites buffet-style, as well as a band and dance floor, experiential auction items to bid on, and several speakers who shared their warm stories about the Carlos family and their experience with our hospice program. The evening was emceed by 11Alive News Anchor Bill Liss, and featured a surprise guest appearance by Georgios Panagiotidis, Consul of Greece in Atlanta, who read a touching letter to honor the Carlos family.
Our guests of honor—Jimmy and Helen S. Carlos, John and Elaine Carlos, and Helen A. Carlos and Ron Hilliard–left no doubt about their generosity and commitment to our hospice program as they encouraged others in the room to do the same during the live auction and appeal. This spirit of philanthropy and compassion for others had its start with parents Eula and Andrew Carlos. Their dream was to open Georgia’s first in-patient hospice center, and they did not rest until they achieved that goal with Hospice Atlanta Center. This legacy of giving back was passed on to their children, as each family member has cultivated a cause near and dear to their heart in support of our community’s greatest needs.
The live and silent auction featured items such as a three-night getaway to Napa valley, several private in-home culinary and musical experiences, and sports and musical memorabilia. Guests generously funded several critical operational and infrastructure needs in our Hospice Atlanta Center through the live appeal, including several items for our residential wing such as frosted French doors, new furnishings for patient rooms and the family room—all designed to make hospice patients and their families feel warm and comfortable.
Once again we would like to thank the Carlos family, who’s ongoing generosity means so much to so many throughout Atlanta. We also want to thank Northside Hospital, Presenting Sponsor of the evening; an anonymous donor who matched the hospice appeal; and all individual and corporate sponsors for their generous support of this wonderful evening and our hospice patients and their families. We are also grateful to our Host Committee Chairs, Stan and Bonnie Sharp, and everyone who served on the Host Committee and who volunteered their time to make this evening a special one.