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“The event is truly an enjoyable evening. You come away feeling like you’ve been entertained, but you also know that you supported an organization and a cause that is really important.”

- Lorri McClain, 2016 Benefits of Laughter Co-Chair

"It is an event that is very close to my heart. There is such a stigma around mental illness and this event really helps break down that stigma.”

- Donna Davidson, 2016 Benefits of Laughter Co-Chair

Benefits of Laughter

For 20 years, Benefits of Laughter has been delighting the Atlanta community with good laughter for a great cause. Held each fall as our primary fundraiser, the event is a beautiful and exciting evening that applauds the passion and dedication of all those involved with Skyland Trail. Every year, a different comedic guest entertains friends, donors, staff, clients and their families as we come together for a night of celebration.

Ashley David, 678-686-5905,

2017 Benefits of Laughter Review

Led by event chairs Jane and Clay Jackson, the event welcomed more than 500 guests and raised more than $825,000, which will support financial assistance and therapeutic programs at Skyland Trail. 
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2017 Event Co-Chairs

Event chairs Jane and Clay Jackson invite you to Benefits of Laughter on Thursday, October 19.

2017 Entertainment

Nate Bargatze is a stand-up comedian with previous appearances on Comedy Central, Conan and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Offering Hope, Saving Lives

More than $10 million have been raised from Benefits of Laughter to support programs and services, including the critical Financial Assistance Program, allowing Skyland Trail to defray treatment costs and extend the benefits of its programs to many more individuals. Attendees comprise more than 650 of Atlanta’s business and corporate, community and philanthropic leaders.

2017 Sponsors

Leadership Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor

Gold Sponsors
Angel Oak Companies 
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
The Brookdale Group
Holder Construction
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
Jet Linx
Masters Capital Management, LLC 
Voices of Hope, Inc. 

Silver Sponsors
Atlantic American Corporation
BlueCross BlueShield of South
Crawford Investment Counsel
Emory Department of Psychiatry
     & Behavioral Sciences
Eversheds Sutherland
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Gray Television, Inc.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Hennessy Automobile Companies
Houlihan Lokey
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Kalka & Baer
Regions Bank
Russell Reynolds Associates
Shiver Hamilton, LLC
Wells Fargo Bank