Published on October 24th, 2015 |0
Garden Hills Gala Nov. 7 to benefit neighborhood improvement projects
The now annual fundraiser – the event skipped a year in 2012 – is the primary source of funds for the charitable entity that engages in long-range community improvement plans with the Garden Hills Civic Association to enhance the safety, security and beauty of the neighborhood.
The Garden Hills neighborhood is bordered by Peachtree, Piedmont, Pharr and West Wesley roads, on the south end of the Buckhead Village commercial district.
The 5th Garden Hills Gala will be held Saturday (Nov. 7) at 7p.m. in the Atlanta International School auditorium and is expected to attract 300 participants. Gala organizers hope to raise over $50,000 from the event which is sponsored by more than 20 local businesses.
Tickets are $50 for individuals ($90 for couples) and all donations are 100 percent tax deductible, going directly to improving the Garden Hills community. (The Foundation is a 501[c] entity.) To purchase tickets online, click here.
“The Taste of Garden Hills” Gala highlights local restaurants who provide their best entrees and desserts throughout the event. This year 10 Buckhead restaurants will be offering free tastings: Anis Bistro, Antica Posta, Bangkok Station, Basil’s Restaurant and Tapas Bar, Del Frisco’s Grille, Eclipse di Luna, Meehan’s Public House, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Seasons 52 and Seven Lamps.
In addition to the free food, there is also an open bar with free beer and wine to all participants.
One of the trademarks of the Garden Hills event is the more than 20 “themed” events hosted by members of the community. Participants purchase tickets to attend these unique gatherings that highlight the culture represented by Garden Hills residents.
Themed events include a performance by the Peachtree String Quartet—a trio of professional symphony musicians; Robbie Burns Night—a dinner event highlighting a Scottish poet where the host wears a kilt and serves traditional Scottish food; a Flower Arranging Clinic; wine tastings; Cinco de Mayo, Bavarian Oktoberfest and St. Patrick’s Day parties and several restaurant chef’s table events.
“The neighborhood parties are the most popular items every year,” said Gala organizer, Julie Rief. “We have a lot of Garden Hills residents who coordinate with each other to host events that involve multiple homes – like the Roam on Rumson event that is a progressive dinner in four different Rumson Road homes.”
Rief explained, “It brings neighbors together. They plan a party, then they allow total strangers to buy tickets at the Gala and the result is they meet more of the community and we get a more connected and friendly neighborhood.”
In addition to the neighborhood parties, there is a traditional silent auction and a live auction which typically highlights vacation getaways. This year’s event offers a two night stay at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, donated by a former resident of Garden Hills who now works at the resort.
“Each year we get donations from people who no longer live in the neighborhood. They have fond memories of living in Garden Hills and want to stay involved in supporting the community”, said Rief.
Other vacation opportunities include condos in San Destin and Cocoa Beach, Florida as well as a weekend escape to a luxury home in Serenbe – a progressive, rural community south of Atlanta.
“This is one of the premier events in Garden Hills and residents genuinely appreciate and support the businesses who sign up to make the Garden
Hills Gala a success” said former Garden Hills Neighborhood Foundation President, Camille Naughton, who coordinated sponsorships for the event.
Mercedes Benz of Buckhead and The Suzuki School – two businesses bordering the Garden Hills community – are the lead sponsors for this year’s gala.
Other sponsors include Cathedral of Christ the King, Davey Construction, Amy McBrien of Dorsey Alston Realtors, Jim Floyd of Harry Norman Realtors, Pharr Road Animal Hospital, Private Bank, The Lowe Baumann Group at Beacham & Company Realtors, Abbie Shepherd Realty, Buckhead Orthodontics, Gunnison Tree Service, Heery Brothers Realtors, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s, Hennessey Lexus of Atlanta, Iberiabank, South Peak Construction, Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital, The Cruise & Vacation Authority and The Atlanta International School.
Only 300 tickets are available for the Garden Hills Gala – which has sold out the last two years.
“We limit the number of participants to allow everyone attending to get plenty of food”, said Rief. “Tickets are usually available right up until the week of the event, but they are going fast this year”.
For more information about the 2015 Garden Hills Gala, including an online list of auction items that will be available at the event, go to www.ghgala.org.