On Thursday, August 23, 2018, Skyland Trail hosted its eighth annual Southern Shindig at Monday Night Garage. More than 200 young professionals attended the fundraising event in support of Skyland Trail, a nationally recognized mental health treatment organization. Through sponsorship, tickets sales, silent auction and raffle, more than $48,000 were raised for Skyland Trail’s financial aid and treatment programs for adults 18 and over struggling with bipolar illness, major depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorders.
Guests enjoyed a night of music from Fukushima Tuna while sampling Monday Night brews and cuisine from On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, Chicken Salad Chick, and Krystal. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction and raffle items ranging from jewelry and art to unique group experiences, all generously donated by various companies and individuals in the community.
The event was organized by a volunteer host committee led by event co-chairs Maddie and Connor Davidson alongside Morgan and Mike DiOrio with auction co-chairs Farley Sirockman and India Waters. Other host committee members include: Asheton Atyeo & Freddie Akers, Jr.; Libby & Brooks Barge; Alison & Will Blue; Sumner & Wes Bradshaw; Catherine & TJ Callaway; Ashley & Adam Cronk; Katherine & Jason Deere; Connor Dobbs; Kathryn Ethridge; Laura & Robert Friddell; Hill Hardman; Anne & John Hobart; Mary Stuart & Joel Iverson; Catherine & Kenny Kraft; Louise & Charlie Loudermilk; Abbie & Colin McBurnette; Mark Shaw Jr.; Liz & Chas Smithgall; Brady Sumner; Kimbrell & Andrew Teegarden; Ellie Weber; Caroline & Bill Weimar; Ruth Wellborn; Clary & Graham Welsh; and Tyler & Robby Wynne.
Southern Shindig was made possible by support from lead sponsor The Brookdale Group. Additional sponsors contributing to Southern Shindig’s success were Printpack; Sands Family Charitable Fund; Weathington McGrew, P.C.; Akers Family Foundation; Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP; Chicken Salad Chick; Eagle Merchant Partners; Mary Stuart and Joel Iverson; On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina; STEMTutorScott.com; Atlanta Seed Company; Elizabeth & Brooks Barge; Catherine & TJ Callaway; Morgan & Mike DiOrio; Catherine & Kenny Kraft; Betts Love; Milner, Inc.; Liz & Chas Smithgall; Kimbrell & Andrew Teegarden; and Caroline & Bill Weimar.