Saturday, July 20, 2013

Joel Katz and I teaming up to fund Atlanta charities

Joel Katz and I are joining forces. Watch out Atlanta.

Joel is the chairman emeritus of the Annual Best Cellars Dinner which benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation, the foundation, headquartered in New York with divisions in Nashville covering the southeast and in Los Angeles covering the west coast, raises money to fund leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. In Atlanta, the foundation supports the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

He asked me to host their event this year, and I am pleased to oblige!

Joel Katz is recognized as powerful but more often what people say about him is how involved he is on a personal level. For me, it combines the love of music and as a reporter my job is to bring the latest news about what is going on. I couldn’t think of a better group to do it with.

There was a kick off party sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, where he heads the firm's global entertainment and media practice.

A bunch of stars came out to support the event and causes:
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jason Geter of Grand Hustle, Todd Rushing of Concentric Restaurants and his wife Laurie, Chris Clemons, UGA grad and star defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, Kristen Hard of Cacao Atlanta, Mala Sharma of City National Bank's Entertainment Division, Grammy Board Member Tammy Hurt, Rasheed Muhammad of SunTrust Entertainment Group, Sharliss Asbury, Dr. Larry Boise and Dr. Fadlo Khury of Emory University School of Medicine, Cindy Brusco of Red Light Management, Bill Hajjar of Senzari, Peggy Johnson of Callonwalde Music and dinner committee members Cyndae Arrendale and Marie Hannon.

I'll be sharing the hosting duties with Larry Beckwith, Robert Polay and David Kurzweil on Oct. 26 at the Buckhead Ritz-Carlton. The dinner is being co-chaired by Don Perry and Dr. Bill Torres, and the wine host co-chairs are Angelle and Art Hamilton and Merry McCleary and Ann Pasky. Entertainment Advisory Board co-chairs are Lonnie Cooper, Bernard Parks and Steve Smith.
Sponsorship levels begin at $1,700 and individual tickets are $800. Contact for more information.