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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.

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

Benefits of Laughter 2021

Comedian Fortune Feimster entertains the crowd on stage at the 2021 Benefits of Laughter fundraising event.

Benefits of Laughter Raises More Than $1.2 Million to Support Mental Health Treatment

ATLANTA – On Thursday, October 21, 2021, Skyland Trail hosted Benefits of Laughter, which raised more than $1.2 million for mental health treatment services at Skyland Trail. The $1.2 million, a record amount for the annual event that is expected to continue to rise through additional donations, will support the Mark C. West Financial Aid Program…


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 Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Cox Logo

Delta Airlines Logo

Platinum Sponsors

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Logo


logo and wordmark for Georgia Power

General Parts Company LogoInvesco Logo

Liz and Frank Blake

The J.B. Fuqua Foundation

Beth and Don Inman

Edwina and Tom Johnson

Betsy and Mark West

Marjorie and Robert Wynne

Gold Sponsors

Accenture Wordmark and Logo


Angel Oak Logo and Wordmark


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


Georgia Banking Company logo

Hennessy Automobile Companies Wordmark

Jackson Healthcare Logo


JP Morgan Chase & Co Logo


Montag Wealth Management Logo


The logo for Printpack


Resurgens Logo
Betsy and Scott Akers, Jr.
Julie and Jim Balloun
Jennifer and Tom Bell
Lora and Barry Boniface
Kit and David Bowlin
ELK Foundation
Duvall and Rex Fuqua
Lorre and George Gaudiosi
Anne and Berny Gray
Kristin and Jim Howard
Tish and John Inman
Jane and Clay Jackson
Frances and Jim Kerr
Carla Knobloch
Amy and Nevin Kreisler
Carrie and Whit Lanier
Kelly Loeffler and Jeff Sprecher
Karen and Richard Parker
Christine and Bill Ragland
Patty and Doug Reid
Romanoff Renovations
Sartain Lanier Family Foundation
Beth and Jerry Shaifer
Mary Louise and Blanton Winship

Silver Sponsors


Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
Ginny and Charles Brewer
Nancy and Doug Bryant and Sherlock's Wine Merchant
Colliers International
Christie and Doug Derrick
Sylvia and Bruce Dick
Nan and Ed Easterlin
Fulcrum Equity Partners
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Rand and Seth Hagen
Susan and Jim Hannan
Douglas J. Hertz Family Foundation
Beth and Tommy Holder
Houlihan Lokey
Jackson Spalding
Mary and Neil Johnson
Jennifer and David Kahn
Robert C. Loudermilk, Jr. and Family
Donna and Stan Sands
Snodgrass Foundation
Maria and Tim Tassopoulous
Mary Bridget and Greg Thurman
WGM Real Estate
Beth and Julian Williamson
Angela and Billy Woods

Previous Benefits of Laughter Events

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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