Benefits of Laughter

2023 Benefits of Laughter: A Seriously Funny Night

Fireworks and shooting stars with "Benefits of Laughter" in blue and "A Seriously Funny Night" in pinkish purple

Thursday, October 19, 2023

The St. Regis Atlanta
88 W Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

6:30 p.m. - Reception
7:30 p.m. - Dinner and Program


a portrait photo of Pat McGann
Pat McGann

Pat McGann is quickly rising as one of the sharpest stand-ups in the comedy world. A relative latecomer to the scene, Pat began stand-up at the age of 31 after realizing he was not very good at selling packaging. He hustled his way to become the house emcee at Zanies Chicago, where he distinguished himself as especially adept at working the crowd. A father of three young children, Pat’s appeal stems from his quick wit and relatable take on family life.

In 2017, McGann began touring as the opening act for Sebastian Maniscalco, moving with him from clubs, to theater, and to arenas, including four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. McGann’s relatively short, but impressive resume, includes performances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival, Gilda’s LaughFest, The Great American Comedy Festival, and the Nashville Comedy Fest. McGann still calls Chicago home.

Event Chairs

Nan Easterlin (left)
Anne Marino (right)

2023 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.

2023 Sponsors


AAC+GTV Stacked Logos
Cox Logo
Delta Airlines Logo


Liz and Frank Blake
Abby and Matt Echols
The J.B. Fuqua Foundation
Edwina and Tom Johnson
Alice and Eddie Miller
Betsy and Mark West
Margie and Robert Wynne


Jennifer and Tom Bell
Michele and Pat Boushka
Ginny and Charles Brewer
Donna and Chip Davidson
Nan and Ed Easterlin
Lauren and Mike Flint
Duvall and Rex Fuqua
Lorre and George Gaudiosi
Rand and Seth Hagen
Beth and Tommy Holder
Kristin and Jim Howard
Beth and Don Inman
Karen and Brian Keen
Carla Knobloch
Amy and Nevin Kreisler
Kelly Loeffler and Jeff Sprecher
Lauren and John McColskey
Lorin and Matthew Middelthon
Karen and Richard Parker
Patty and Doug Reid
Andrea and Tim Rollins
Beth and Jerry Shaifer


Betsy and Scott Akers
Wendy and Neal Aronson
Nancy and Doug Bryant
Kay and Jim Douglass
ELK Foundation
Fulcrum Equity Partners
Rand and Seth Hagen
Susan and Jim Hannan
Roya and Bahman Irvani
Jane and Clay Jackson
Houlihan Lokey
Anne and Mike Marino
Rhonda and Bert Ponder
Shiver Hamilton Campbell, LLC
Sally and Ross Singletary
Maria and Tim Tassopoulos


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A Seriously Funny Night

For 25 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 $15 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.

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

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