ATLANTA – On Thursday, August 22, 2019, Skyland Trail hosted its ninth annual Southern Shindig at Steady Hand Beer Co. More than 200 up-and-coming business and civic leaders attended the fundraising event in support of Skyland Trail, a nationally recognized mental health treatment organization. Through sponsorships, tickets sales, silent auction and raffle, more than $62,000 were raised for Skyland Trail’s financial aid and treatment programs. Skyland Trail treats adults 18 and over struggling with bipolar illness, major depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorders, and will open the new J. Rex Fuqua Campus for adolescents ages 14 to 17 in October 2019.
Guests enjoyed a night of music from Mark Grundhoefer while sampling Steady Hand brews and cuisine from On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina and Chicken Salad Chick. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction and raffle items ranging from jewelry and art to unique group experiences and sporting events, all generously donated by companies and individuals in the community.
The event was organized by a volunteer host committee led by event chairs Caroline and Bill Weimar and Fraser Parker alongside auction chair Robert Bairstow. Other host committee members include: Elizabeth Adlich; Asheton Atyeo & Freddie Akers, Jr.; Alison & Will Blue; Sumner & Wes Bradshaw; Catherine & TJ Callaway; Frances Chase; Danny Cossuto; Ashley & Adam Cronk; Maddie & Connor Davidson; Katherine & Jason Deere; Morgan & Mike DiOrio; Patce Dutcher; Kwynn & Chris Everest; Katelyn & John Fredericks; Caroline & Ladson Haddow; Sarah & Mark David Kennedy; Catherine & Kenny Kraft; Katie Lambert; Mary-Kate & Dorian Lamis; Louise & Charlie Loudermilk; John McGoogan; Caroline Philips; Ashley & Rob Pierson; Allison & Chris Reagan; Abby & Dan Schmit; Mark Shaw Jr.; Mary Grace Showfety; Hannah Stefanek; Brady Sumner; Laura & Sam Sykes; India Waters; and Tyler & Robby Wynne.
Southern Shindig was made possible by support from platinum sponsors: Ed and Betsy Holland; The Richard and Karen Parker Family Charitable Fund; and Sonny’s BBQ. Additional sponsors contributing to Southern Shindig include gold sponsors: Sands Family Charitable Fund; Fraser Parker & Robert Bairstow; Caroline & Bill Weimar; and Eagle Merchant Partners. Silver sponsors include Haddow & Company; Julie & Bryan Jones; Betts C. Love; Chicken Salad Chick; On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina; and STEMTutorScott.com. Bronze sponsors include: Libby & Brooks Barge; Catherine & TJ Callaway; Katie & Taylor Dozier; INVESCO; Catherine & Kenny Kraft; and Louise & Charlie Loudermilk.