“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 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 Chair

Benefits of Laughter

For 18 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 Vance David, 678-686-5905, adavid@skylandtrail.org

Benefits of Laughter 2016

Join us for the 2016 Benefits of Laughter on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at The St. Regis Atlanta. Get ready for election year comedy from the Capitol Steps!

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Sponsorship Opportunities

2016 Event Co-Chairs

2016 Benefits of Laughter Chairs

Event chairs Donna Davidson and Lorri McClain invite you to Benefits of Laughter on Thursday, October 20.

2016 Patron Committee

2016 Benefits of Laughter Patron CommitteeThe Patron Committee, headed by Patron Co-Chairs Lisa and William Bridges and Jenifer and Mike Dobbs, are encouraging families to leverage Benefits of Laughter as an opportunity to introduce their friends and colleagues to the important work of Skyland Trail by purchasing a table and becoming a patron.

Become a Patron

2016 Corporate Committee

2016 Benefits of Laughter Corporate CommitteeThe Corporate Committee, headed by corporate chairs Chip Davidson, Forrest McClain, and Jay D. Mitchell, are busy securing corporate sponsorships that will help us provide financial aid scholarships. Learn more about 2016 sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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.

2016 Entertainment

The Capitol Steps are an American political satire group. The group has been performing since 1981, and has released over forty albums consisting primarily of song parodies.  

2015 Benefits of Laughter Review

Led by event co-chairs Andrea Montag and Beth Park, Benefits of Laughter 2015 welcomed more than 600 guests and raised more than $650,000, which will support financial assistance and therapeutic programs at Skyland Trail. Learn More >

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2015 Benefits of Laughter Patron Party: View Photos >

2016 Sponsors

Leadership Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors 

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Atlantic American Corporation
and Gray Television 
BNY Mellon Wealth
First Beacon Investments, Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Holder Construction Company
Intercontinental Exchange
Jet Linx
Northwestern Mutual
Goodwin, Wright
Northwestern Benefit
Piedmont Healthcare


Silver Sponsors
Arnall Golden Gregory
BlueCross BlueShield of
South Carolina
CenterPoint Properties
Crawford Investment Counsel
Eastdil Secured
Emory Department of 
Psychiatry & Behavioral 
Greenberg Traurig, LLP 
Hennessy Automobile 
Houlihan Lokey 
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
King & Spalding
Morris, Manning & Martin, 
NAI Brannen Goddard, LLC
Post Properties Inc.
Preferred Apartment 
Russell Reynolds Associates 
S Boyd Holdings LLC
Shiver Hamilton, LLC