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Benefits of Laughter

Wordmark design for the 2021 Benefits of Laughter

Benefits of Laughter 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021
The St. Regis Atlanta

6:15 p.m. - Reception
7:15 p.m. - Dinner and Program

Our signature fundraising event held each fall, Benefits of Laughter celebrates stories of recovery from mental illness and affirms the importance of effective mental treatment for the health of our workforce, schools, and community. A unique feature of the evening is a comedy performance, proving that sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.


A portrait photo of comedian Fortune Feimster

Fortune Feimster

You can catch stand-up comedian, writer, and actor, Fortune Feimster, on the radio, on screens big and small, and touring her stand-up across the nation. Fortune Feimster’s first one-hour special, SWEET & SALTY, is currently streaming on Netflix and was nominated for Best Comedy Special for the Critics’ Choice Awards. Prior to her one-hour special, Netflix released Feimster’s half-hour special in 2018 as part of THE STANDUPS, which received rave reviews. She has done late-night TV sets on CONAN and LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS and has another acclaimed half-hour special on Comedy Central.

Skyland Trail will follow public health recommendations for physical distancing and gatherings. The 2021 event likely will include a limited capacity in-person event with a live stream or recorded program to reach a larger remote audience.

Annually the event raises more than $1 million through corporate and individual contributions. Proceeds support financial aid awards that improve access to treatment and important therapeutic programs for adults and teens.

CONTACT:  Pam McAdams at 678.686.5905 or

2021 Volunteer Leadership


Carrie Lanier
Christine Ragland

Jim Hannan, Chair
Chowning Aguilera
Kerri Daniels
Jim Kerr
Billy Levine
David Love
Bill Ragland
Ty Smith
Dan Staley
Will Stengel
Angela Woods

Cindy & John Ferguson, Co-Chairs
Andrea & Ned Montag, Co-Chairs
Kit & David Bowlin
Ginny & Charles Brewer
Lisa & William Bridges
Christie & Doug Derrick
Rand & Seth Hagen
Danica Kombol & David Lewis
Mary Gill & Dennis Kruszewski
Kim & David Marks
Beth & David Park
Sharmila & Sreeni Prabhu
Becky & Mark Riley
Carrie & Jim Shelden
Mary Bridget & Greg Thurman
Ally & Todd Wandtke

2021 Event Sponsorship

Mental illness affects individuals, families, businesses and communities. Event sponsorship helps individuals with mental illness access and fully engage in a nationally recognized treatment program.

2021 Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Cox Logo

Platinum Sponsors

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International LogoGeneral Parts Company LogoInvesco Logo

Beth and Don Inman

Edwina and Tom Johnson

Betsy and Mark West

Gold Sponsors

Arrow Exterminators Logo

AT&T Logo

Crawford Investment Counsel Logo and Wordmark


Emory School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Logo


First Horizon Bank Foundation Logo


Hennessy Automobile Companies Wordmark


JP Morgan Chase & Co Logo


Montag Wealth Management Logo


The logo for Printpack


Resurgens Logo
Julie and Jim Balloun
Jennifer and Tom Bell
Lora and Barry Boniface
Kit and David Bowlin
Lorre and George Gaudiosi
Anne and Berny Gray
Jane and Clay Jackson
Elizabeth Klump
Carla Knobloch
Amy and Nevin Kreisler
Carrie and Whit Lanier
Karen and Richard Parker
Christine and Bill Ragland
Patty and Doug Reid
Beth and Jerry Shaifer
Mary Louise and Blanton Winship

Silver Sponsors

Colliers International
Nancy and Doug Bryant
Christie and Doug Derrick
Sylvia and Bruce Dick
Nan and Ed Easterlin
Fulcrum Equity Partners
Susan and Jim Hannan
Douglas J. Hertz Family Foundation
Jackson Spalding
Mary and Neil Johnson
Jennifer and David Kahn
Maria and Tim Tassopoulous
Mary Bridget and Greg Thurman

Benefits of Laughter 2020

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

November 13, 2020
Man standing on the set of a virtual event

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…

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Benefits of Laughter Raises $1.1 Million In Support of Mental Health Treatment

October 21, 2019
Wayne Brady Speaking to the Crowd at Benefits of Laughter

ATLANTA – On Thursday, October 17, 2019, more than 500 guests attended Benefits of Laughter at the St Regis Atlanta, raising more than $1.1 million for mental health treatment services at Skyland Trail. The $1.1 million—the most raised in the history of the signature Skyland Trail fundraising event—will support essential therapeutic…

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