Virtual Benefits of Laughter Raises More Than $1 Million for Mental Health Treatment

ATLANTA – On Thursday, October 22, 2020, Skyland Trail hosted the first virtual Benefits of Laughter, which raised more than $1 million for mental health treatment services at Skyland Trail. The $1 million will support essential therapeutic programs, family support services, and financial aid to help clients access and complete mental health treatment at Skyland Trail.

While thanking supporters during the event, event chair Jenny Pruitt said, “Despite the circumstances this year, I am thrilled that we can still be together tonight sharing our passion for Skyland Trail. Your continued support gives Skyland Trail the necessary resources to help families in need now and in the future.”

Benefits of Laughter was presented entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Testimonials from graduates of the Skyland Trail adult and adolescent psychiatric treatment programs gave supporters a first-hand look at how charitable giving can impact the lives of clients and families in treatment. Tripp Crosby, known for his role in “A Conference Call in Real Life” skit, served as the master of ceremonies while comedians Mia Jackson and Andrew Stanley entertained the audience with stand-up comedy. Singer-songwriter Willa Amai also provided a musical performance.

Support from the community was led by presenting sponsors Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty and Jenny and Bob Pruitt and diamond sponsors Cox Enterprises, Betsy and Mark West, and an anonymous donor. Platinum sponsors included Genuine Parts Company, INVESCO, The J.B. Fuqua Foundation, Edwina and Tom Johnson, and Kelly Loeffler and Jeff Sprecher. Skyland Trail would also like to thank the numerous other donors that made the evening possible thanks to their generous support.