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Benefits of Laughter

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 $11 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,

Wayne Brady 2019 Benefits of Laugthter

2019 Benefits of Laughter

Thursday, October 17, 2019
The St. Regis Atlanta

Reception: 6:15 PM
Dinner and Program: 7:30 PM

5-time Emmy winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady is a true show-biz renaissance man. Actor, singer, dancer, improviser, songwriter – he’s done it all throughout his long career.

Currently, Wayne is starring as Aaron Burr in the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning “Hamilton” at the Private Bank Theatre in Chicago.

Wayne got his big break on first the British and then the ABC version of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? His name became synonymous with off-the-cuff brilliance. He went on to star in and produce a highly-rated summer sketch show and an Emmy-winning talk show for ABC before joining forces with Dave Chappelle to create the now classic “Training Day” sketch, showing audiences both sides of his comedic skill and depth as an actor.

This past year he performed live on his sold-out world tour and guest starred on the new SyFy series AFTERMATH. He was welcomed back to Broadway and received rave reviews for his role as Lola in the Tony Award-winning production of “Kinky Boots.”

2019 Volunteer Leadership

Event Chairs

Kristin and Jim Howard
Kristin and Jim Howard

Patron Committee

2019 Benefits of Laughter Patron Committee
Anna and Richard Paré, Co-Chairs

Corporate Committee

michelle sullivan benefits of laughter
Michelle Sullivan, Chair

2019 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Isdell Family Foundation

Diamond Sponsors

Delta logo

Betsy and Mark West


Platinum Sponsors

Atlanta Fine Homes - Sotheby's International logo

J.B. Fuqua Foundation
The Glenn Family
Kristin and Jim Howard
Beth and Don Inman
Edwina and Tom Johnson

Gold Sponsors

Angel Oak Capital Advisors
Jennifer and Tom Bell
Mary and John Brock
Duvall and Rex Fuqua
Lorre and George Gaudiosi
Global Payments
Anne and Berny Gray
Holder Construction Company
ICE (Intercontinental Exchange)
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Carla Knobloch
Amy and Nevin Kreisler
Kelly Loeffler and Jeff Sprecher
Rebecca and Patrick O'Connor
Karen and Richard Parker
Patty and Doug Reid
Renasant Bank
Sara and John Shlesinger
Lou and Blanton Winship
ZWJ Investment Counsel

Laughter Brings Atlanta Together for Mental Health

October 23, 2018
Roy Wood Jr Performing at the 2018 Benefits of Laughter

ATLANTA – On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Skyland Trail held its signature fundraising event, Benefits of Laughter, at The St. Regis Atlanta. The event welcomed more than 500 guests and raised more than $892,000, which will support important therapeutic programs, family support services, and financial aid to help clients access and…

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