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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 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.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Event Co-chairs 

Lorri McClain & Donna Davidson


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

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I am more than my diagnosis

Extending Hope

More than $6 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.

2015 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

BNY Mellon Wealth Management
First Beacon Investments, Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Piedmont Healthcare

Silver Sponsors

Atlantic American Corporation
BlueCross BlueShield  of South Carolina
Crawford Investment Council, Inc.
Emory School of Medicine - Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Gray Television, Inc.
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
Jet Linx
Russell Reynolds Associates
Tavistock Atlanta, LLC