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DUNWOODY DONATES: Friends group hosts 11th annual taste event
by LaTria Garnigan
January 21, 2014 03:22 PM | 2348 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Moondog Growlers co-owner Eleanor Benson brings beer samples to Taste of Dunwoody co-chairs Tracey Nies and Amanda Becker.
From left, Moondog Growlers co-owner Eleanor Benson brings beer samples to Taste of Dunwoody co-chairs Tracey Nies and Amanda Becker.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has a network of organizations that are focused on assisting the hospital in reaching its goal of helping children and families across the metro area. There are 35 Friends groups throughout metro Atlanta that do just that, according to Lynn Leslie, program coordinator with the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation.

“Each year, Friends volunteers collectively raise funds that go towards specific funding goals,” said Leslie. “These goals are selected based on specific needs of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.”

Leslie added that in 2013 Friends volunteers hosted more than 100 community events and fundraising initiatives and collectively were able to raise $2.5 million for the hospital.

On Saturday, the Dunwoody Friends group will do its part in raising funds for the hospital with the 11th annual Taste of Dunwoody. The $100 per ticket event will be at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Dunwoody, from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

“We have about 30 restaurants that will be supplying tastes of food,” said event co-chair Amanda Becker. “And so it’s various restaurants around Dunwoody and the Sandy Springs area and once again we have a local band, Yacht Rock Revue, to provide entertainment.”

The ticket includes two drink tickets. Besides the tasting and entertainment, there will also be a silent auction throughout the event with prizes such as a Royal Caribbean seven-night Caribbean cruise for two.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event goes to the hospital, and co-chair Tracey Nies said she loves seeing the community come together to support the organization.

“Just to echo what Tracey said, it’s always great to see our friends and neighbors especially after the holidays and see how everyone’s break was,” said Becker. “Just to be part of the community to support the hospital is the best for me.”

The nonprofit hospital is the largest Medicaid provider in Georgia, caring for children who may not otherwise be able to receive lifesaving treatments. It is home to the only Level 1 and Level 2 pediatric trauma centers in Georgia and includes 529 licensed beds, three hospitals and 20 neighborhood locations.

Participating restaurants:
-Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
-Moondog Growlers/Red Hare Brewing
-Food 101
-South City Kitchen
-Eclipse di Luna
-Marlow’s Tavern
-Rita’s Italian Ice
-Legal Sea Foods
-Mimi’s Café
-Cold Brews Bar and Grill
-Red Pepper Taqueria
-Twisted Taco-Perimeter
-Seasons 52
-Alison’s Restaurant
-Café Intermezzo
-Red Spoon Bakery
-5 Season-Prado
-Galla’s Pizza
-Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant

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