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“We made a vow that our financial support of Skyland Trail is an important way for us to give back to our community. By lending our support to Benefits of Laughter, as co-chairs, we are excited to share the Skyland Trail message with others and leverage our support for even higher returns.”

- Stan Sands, 2018 Benefits of Laughter Chair

Benefits of Laughter

Thursday, October 17, 2019
The St. Regis Atlanta  

Reception: 6:15 PM
Dinner and Program: 7:30 PM

For 23 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.

2019 Performer: Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady5-time Emmy winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady is a true show-biz renaissance man. Actor, singer, dancer, improviser, songwriter – he’s done it all throughout his long career.

Currently, Wayne is starring as Aaron Burr in the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning “Hamilton” at the Private Bank Theatre in Chicago.

Wayne got his big break on first the British and then the ABC version of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? His name became synonymous with off-the-cuff brilliance. He went on to star in and produce a highly-rated summer sketch show and an Emmy-winning talk show for ABC.

Brady will return for his 8th season as the host of CBS’ LET’S MAKE A DEAL, as well as the 5th new season of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? on the CW this year.

Interested in becoming a sponsor for 2019? View sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Kathleen Rast, 678-686-5913,

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2019 Benefits of Laughter

Chaired by Kristin and Jim Howard

Patron Committee:

Anna & Richard Paré, Co-Chairs 

Wendy & Neal Aronson            Rebecca & Patrick O'Connor
Ginny & Charles Brewer   Jeanmarie & Alan Quarterman
Leslie & Stan Conway   Christine & Bill Ragland
Mary Frances & Tom Garrett   Sara & John Shlesinger
Lorre & George Gaudiosi   Liz & Robert Shults
Mary Gill & Dennis Kruszewski   Barbara & Julian Sparkes
Rand & Seth Hagen   Dunwreath & Charlie Swanson
Michelle Juneau & Robb Willis   Caroline & Jeff Tucker
Carrie & Whit Lanier   Leslie & David Wierman
Nida & Todd Mudd  

Corporate Committee:

Michelle Sullivan, Chair

Tom Bell             Todd Mudd
TJ Callaway   Jeff Muir
Bo Heiner   Stan Sands
Jim Howard   Fred Sturgis
John McColskey   Tom Watson
Michael Mock  

Offering Hope, Saving Lives

More than $11 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 600 of Atlanta’s business and corporate, community and philanthropic leaders.

Benefits of Laughter 2019 Logo

Presenting Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors

Betsy and Mark West

Platinum Sponsors


Atlanta Fine Homes | Sotheby’s 
The Glenn Family 
Kristin and Jim Howard
J.B. Fuqua Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Angel Oak Capital Advisors
Duvall and Rex Fuqua
Anne and Berny Gray
Holder Construction
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
Amy and Nevin Kreisler
Kelly Loeffler and Jeff Sprecher
Renasant Bank