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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 $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,

2020 Benefits of Laughter

Save the Date!

Thursday, October 22, 2019
The St. Regis Atlanta

We're still planning this event. Check back later for exciting updates including information on the 2020 special guest performance.

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

Cox Enterprises

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
Donna and Stan Sands

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)
Jet Linx
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Carla Knobloch
Amy and Nevin Kreisler
Kelly Loeffler and Jeff Sprecher
Rebecca and Patrick O'Connor
Anna and Richard Paré
Karen and Richard Parker
Patty and Doug Reid
Renasant Bank
Sara and John Shlesinger
Lou and Blanton Winship
ZWJ Investment Counsel

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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