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Fundraiser will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
by Nicole Dow
April 02, 2014 09:57 AM | 2659 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jeans will be dressed up with bling as hundreds of guests attend the third annual Denim and Diamonds fundraiser April 26 at 6 p.m. at Shannondale Farms in Milton.

Proceeds from the event, hosted by Milton-based Children’s Charities, will help fund an early autism detection unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Forsyth location, said Mandy White, co-founder of the nonprofit, along with Lauren Holmes.

“It can basically detect signs of autism in children as young as 2 months old,” she said. “Before this was developed, generally autism wasn’t detected until between 4 and 5 years old. With early therapy … you can really have these kids think differently.”

White said she hopes to raise $100,000 during the event. Tickets are $100 each.

The fundraiser will feature cocktails, live entertainment from Paris Luna, line dancing, a silent auction and a chefs’ competition.

“It’s going to be so much fun,” White said. “Harry’s Farmers Market will be sponsoring the chefs’ competition again this year. There’ll be 10 local chefs. We’ll have everything from Asian food to barbecue, and each guest gets a tasting from each different chef.”

Some silent auction items will include gift baskets, gift certificates, golf packages, golf bags, spa vacations, trips, cruises, airline tickets, artwork by local artists and wine.

The fundraiser will also feature a diamond drop.

“We’ll have 400 glasses of champagne, they’re $20 each, and one of them will have a one-carat-plus diamond in them,” White said.

Seating is limited so interested partygoers are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible. Tables for 10 can also be purchased for $1,000.

The nonprofit has been focused on raising money for the early autism detection unit since last year. Prior to that, the nonprofit’s fundraising focus was for an emergency transport vehicle dedicated for the urgent care center at the hospital, which it helped to purchase along with donations from other organizations.

White said her daughter was revived inside of an emergency transport vehicle when she suffered from a staph infection in her bloodstream at age 13. White is hopeful the financial support for equipment at the Forsyth hospital will aid other local families in need.

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