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Benefits of Laughter 2020

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Thank You!

Thank you to those who joined us for Benefits of Laughter 2020 on October 22. We heard inspiring stories from graduates, news about how the pandemic is affecting mental health for people of all ages, education from Skyland Trail leaders, and ... jokes... a lot of jokes.

And, most importantly, we raised funds for the financial aid program. Contributions made through Benefits of Laughter 2020 will support financial aid awards and make mental health treatment possible for adults and teens.

You can still be a part of this seriously funny evening! Consider making a gift through Benefits of Laughter 2020.

In case you missed it...

2020 Volunteer Leadership

Event Chair

Jenny Pruitt

Patron Committee

Betsy and Scott Akers, Jr., Co-Chairs
Brooks and Libby Barge
Emily and Eric Bleke
Nancy and Doug Bryant
Mary and Neil Johnson
Barbara and Bert Levy
Melissa and Chris Lowe
Kim and Greg Marks
Andrea and Ned Montag
Nida and Todd Mudd
Becky and Mark Riley
Sally and Ross Singletary
Mary and Tom Watson

Corporate Committee

Tom Bell, Chair
Clay Jackson
John McColskey
Jay Mitchell
Todd Mudd
Brennan Spry
Fred Sturgis
Michelle Sullivan

2020 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Logo


Jenny and Bob Pruitt

Diamond Sponsors


Betsy and Mark West

Platinum Sponsors

Genuine Parts Company Logo


Invesco logo



The J.B. Fuqua Foundation

Edwina and Tom Johnson

Kelly Loeffler and Jeff Sprecher

Gold Sponsors

Angel Oak Capital Logoiberiabank logo


JP Morgan Chase & Co LogoRenasant Bank LogoBetsy and Scott Akers, Jr.
Jennifer and Tom Bell
Duvall and Rex Fuqua
Lorre and George Gaudiosi
Anne and Berny Gray
Susan and Jim Hannan
Beth and Don Inman




Jane and Clay Jackson
Carla Knobloch
Amy and Nevin Kreisler
Karen and Richard Parker
Patty and Doug Reid
Donna and Stan Sands
Shaifer Capital

Silver Sponsors

Arrow Exterminators
Libby and Brooks Barge
BlackSheep Productions, Inc.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Kit and David Bowlin
Nancy and Doug Bryant and Sherlock's Wine Merchant

Crawford Investment Counsel
Georgia Power
Elizabeth and Sheffield Hale
Beth and Tommy Holder
Homrich Berg
Jackson Spalding
Mary and Neil Johnson

New South Construction
Printpack and the Gay and Erskine Love Foundation
Resurgens Technology
Tricia and Maurice Rosenbaum
Russell Reynolds Associates
Maria and Tim Tassopoulos
Lou and Blanton Winship

Bronze Sponsors

Donna and Chip Davidson
Dorsey Alston
Nan and Ed Easterlin
Jennifer and Marty Flanagan
Kim and Greg Marks

Jackie and Tony Montag
NAI Brannen Goddard
Colleen and the Honorable Sam Nunn
Becky and Mark Riley
Nancy See and J.V. Quarles

The Seydel Family
Shiver Hamilton, LLC
Yates Insurance Agency

Patron Sponsors

Wendy and Neal Aronson
Spring and Tom Asher
Atlantic Capital Bank
Olivia and John Barge
Betsy and Roger Birkholz
Sarah and Jim Borders
Ginny and Charles Brewer
Sarah and Jim Bridges
Jan and Gene Burleson
CenterPoint Properties
Amy and Cecil Conlee
Betty Jo and Andy Currie
Margaret and Dallas Denny
Christie and Doug Derrick
Jennifer and Daniel Ethridge

Vivian and Sam DuBose
Beth Finnerty and David Martin
Mary Gill and Dennis Kruszewski
Meg R. Heyer
Wally and Tommy Hills
Houlihan Lokey
Kristin and Jim Howard
Robin and Hilton Howell
Suci and Hardie Jackson
Katie and West Johnson
Andrea and Mark Kauffman
Carrie and Whit Lanier

Barbara and Bert Levy
Deborah and Bill Liss
Betts Love
Melissa and Chris Lowe
Denise and Jay D. Mitchell
Tricia and Hod Nalle
Kim and Tom Noonan
Beth and David Park
Christine and Bill Ragland
Sally and Ross Singletary
Caryl and Ken Smith
Julie and Ty Smith

Griff and Charles Smithgall
Nola and Andy Stull
Leah and Mike Sumner
June and Michael Tompkins
USI Insurance Services
Susan and Glenn Warren
Mary and Tom Watson
Brooke and Winston Weinmann
Ruth and Charles Wellborn
Leslie and David Wierman
VPI Design
Windham Brannon


David Adams
Joanna and Al Adams
Freddie and Asheton Akers
Elizabeth and Andrew Ausband
Lola and Charlie Battle
Mason Beard
Andrew Bleke
Emily and Eric Bleke
Christine Boswell
Brooke Bowen and Josh Harwell
Wendi and Mark Bowling
Julia Clark
Chris Cline
Dawn Collinge
Monica Compton
Shelley Danser
Robert Davis
Charles Driebe
Jenifer and Mike Dobbs
Julie Dudkowski

Ryan and Sam Dunlap
Sarah and David Everman
Courtney and Clinton Fletcher
Bess and Steve Franklin
Jennifer Fuqua Fowler
Lori and Joe Freeman
Pat and Jerry Gardner
Kelley and Jamie Gilbert
Carol Goodman
Rand and Seth Hagen
Dana Halberg and Larry Pless
Nancy and Mark Halwig
Laura and John Hardman
Cafria Hart
Ed Helms
Katherine and Brian Hoogerwerf
Catharine Kelly
Danica Kombol and David Lewis

Paige Martin and Arjun Srinivasan
Reeves and Robert McCall
Kim and Stephen McCollam
Jan and Bill McDonald
Marnie and Julian Mohr
Jenn and Phil Molner
Elizabeth and Mike Nadal
Gayle and Charles Nemeroff
Helen and Donald O'Shea
Sheila O'Shea
Lisa and Charlie Ogburn
Katherine and Eric Ohlhausen
Jorge Padilla
Molly Pastor

Dot Paul and Greg Howell
Laura and Marc Pugliese
Doni and Gary Rhineheart
Sam Renkin
Denise and Chris Rezek
Caryl and Franklin Rinker
Krista Snively
Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel
Courtney Stough
Janet Turman
Laura and Gene Warren
Janice and Grant Wilmer
Kendra and Terry Yoder

A Seriously Funny Night

For more than 20 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 more than 600 of Atlanta’s business and corporate, community and philanthropic leaders.

More than $14 million have been raised from Benefits of Laughter to support life-changing therapeutic programs and fund financial aid awards to bring the costs of treatment within reach for more clients and families.

Contact: Kathleen Rast, 678-686-5913,

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Man standing on the set of a virtual event

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Wayne Brady Speaking to the Crowd at Benefits of Laughter

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