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Why We Give

May 03, 2017

Together, gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations ensure that hundreds of clients and families find hope, a new beginning, and a better future at Skyland Trail.

“Delta is committed to making the communities where our employees live, work and serve a better place. Supporting world class mental health treatment programs like Skyland Trail is an important part of our work to invest in healthy communities.”

- Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines.

Delta Airlines was a diamond sponsor of the 2016 Benefits of Laughter.

"Skyland Trail helps restore adults 18 and over to productive, fulfilling lives. The expert medical staff, the compassion of leaders and volunteers, and the successful outcomes have provided hope and a journey to wellness for its clients. I am particularly impressed by the financial assistance program for those who need this support. It is an honor to be involved with this caliber a foundation and treatment center."

— Jenny Pruitt, Founder and CEO, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty was a diamond sponsor of the 2016 Benefits of Laughter and a gold sponsor of the 2016 Associates Spring Luncheon.

How did you first become aware of Skyland Trail?

During our early days in Atlanta, Skyland Trail was one of those organizations that kept coming to our attention, both through my work as a psychologist and through friends who had personal connections to it.  

Why did you decide to get involved?

Ben and I each have people close to us who've faced the challenges of mental illness, and we recognize the life-saving importance of there being a strong organization like Skyland Trail in Atlanta.  

Is there a specific moment that stands out in your mind when you think of the impact of Skyland Trail?

On our first visit to Skyland Trail, we had lunch with a young man who had been the beneficiary of its services.  He had an interesting life story that was - except for the illness he was experiencing - not dissimilar from our own. We saw that day how Skyland Trail was giving his life story the chance to continue in a healthy and productive way.

Why do you include Skyland Trail in your philanthropic giving?

Ben and I are compelled both by the great need that Skyland Trail is filling for individuals, as well as how it is reshaping common perceptions and conversation about mental illness at-large. 

— Allison Hill, Skyland Trail Advisory Board member and donor.

This article appeared in the 2016 Annual Report.