Southern Shindig

Southern Shindig is geared toward and organized by young professionals in Atlanta. A group of dedicated volunteers successfully established this event as a way to introduce the important work of Skyland Trail to a new generation of volunteers and supporters.

Ashley David, 678-686-5905,

2016 Southern Shindig Review

Skyland Trail held its sixth annual Southern Shindig at SweetWater Brewing Company. Guests enjoyed a night of music with acoustic jazz trio Lilac Wine, authentic barbecue by DAS BBQ, fabulous silent auction items, and SweetWater Brews. Led by event co-chairs, Harrison Spry and Mark Shaw, the event welcomed more than 300 guests and raised nearly $50,000 in support of Skyland Trail. 

2016 Event Co-Chairs

Event Chairs Mark Shaw and Harrison Spry

"Mental illness is often overlooked, but events like Shindig help convey that physical health can no longer be separated from mental health; the two must be integrated on a consistent basis. This is one of my favorite nights of the year, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such a talented committee of volunteers."
- Mark

"Southern Shindig is Brennan’s and my favorite event of the year! Skyland Trail is an extraordinary place, and Atlanta is very fortunate to have this world renowned organization in our midst. Having the chance to show our support to those struggling with mental illness and to support the top notch treatment Skyland Trail provides is our sincere pleasure."
- Harrison

2016 Host Committee


Hannah & Justin Amick
Britt & Hunter Amos
Lindsay & Chris Backscheider
Jill & Stirling Bomar
Kit & David Bowlin
Sumner & Wes Bradshaw
Catherine & TJ Callaway
Tricia & David Collie
Robin & Kyle Collins
Meredith & Brad Courts
Connor Dobbs
Katherine & Jason Deere
Morgan & Mike DiOrio
Christie Doss
Emily & Blair Farinholt
Thomas Fellows
Brad Flynt
Morgan & Alan Hamilton
Emily & Matt Heimmerman 
Keisha Hines
Ann & John Hobart
Catherine & JJ Jaxon


Catherine & Kenny Kraft
Sydney & Brian Lewis
Louise & Charlie Loudermilk
Catherine & Bill Mealor
Mark Metcalf
Hannah Miller
Lanier Milner
Kate & Michael Monk
Nandi Murphy
David Perrin
Emily & Stanton Reid
Michael Roberts
Carrie & Zack Sexton
Mark Shaw
Rebecca & Taylor Smith
Harrison & Brennan Spry
Wendy & Will Stengel
Andrea Vanderham
Ruth Wellborn
Tyler & Robby Wynne
Julie & Daniel Yates

View Photos from 2016 Event

2016 Sponsors

Leadership Sponsor

Sands Family Charitable

IPA Sponsor 

Georgia Brown Sponsors 
Lindsay & Chris Backscheider


Blue Supporters  
Libby & Brooks Barge
Douglas Biggs
Kit & David Bowlin
Catherine & TJ Callaway
Stuart Carrington 
Emily & Blair Farinholt
Emily & Matt Heimermann
Catherine & J.J. Jaxon
Catherine & Kenny Kraft
Betts Love
Kate & Michael Monk
Milner Document Products
Emily & Stanton Reid
Mark Shaw
Rebecca & Taylor Smith
Harrison & Brennan Spry
Wendy & Will Stengel
Stephanie & Austin Stephens