2015 Taste of Love Hosts A New Season for Epilepsy
Attendees at the 11th Annual Taste of Love Gala were able to escape this year’s dreary winter weather as the Ritz-Carlton- Buckhead’s ballroom, was transformed into “A New Season for Epilepsy”. A wide variety of beautiful spring floral arrangements decorated the tables of more than 600 supporters of the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia.
The evening got underway with a reception featuring the Mary Sue Taylor Quartet and a silent auction featuring jewelry, fine wines, art, sports collectibles, services, trips and unique experiences. Spirited bidding wars took place for a number of premier items.
The party then moved to the ballroom where guests were welcomed by Gala Chair and EFGA Board President Bonnie Leadbetter. As guests dined on a lovely meal and sampled fine wines from Total Wine and More, they were entertained by Alizma, a trio of violinists who happen to be identical triplets. Their repertoire included many contemporary as well as classic tunes.
The program then moved on to a more serious note as the featured speakers focused on the purpose of the evening, to raise funds to support the programs and services provided by EFGA. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurological surgeon and Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN introduced the inspirational speaker for the evening, Paige Figi. Paige is the mother of Charlotte Figi, a young girl profiled in Dr. Gupta’s documentary “Weed”. She shared Charlotte’s story and the journey from uncontrolled seizures to the hope for a brighter future brought about through the use of medical cannabis. Her presentation resulted in a standing ovation from the audience.
Next on the agenda was a live auction hosted by Darren Meares. Amongst the items included in the auction were all expense paid trip to Washington, DC ; a summer getaway to a cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado; a Georgia Bulldog football package; a trip to San Francisco and the wine country of the Napa Valley, an adorable golden doodle puppy and a helicopter tour of Atlanta courtesy of the WSB Traffic Team. Following the auction, the audience was invited to contribute and receive one of the coved Taste of Love T-shirts. The evening closed with the always popular Taste of Love Lounge, where revelers could dance into the night (and early into the next morning!).
This year’s event generated more than $500,000 for our programs and services. We would like to salute the 2015 Gala Committee, consisting of Stephanie Boswell, Laura Buoch, Tracy Dean, Greg Embry, Rebecca King, Bonnie Leadbetter, Anita Patterson and Pat Terwilliger for all their hard work in making the Taste of Love such a great success.
Special thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors and table host. Without your support, this event would not be successful! Also we would like to extend our appreciation to UCB, The Epilepsy Company for serving as our Presenting Sponsor and for providing volunteer support to ensure the evening ran smoothly.
Join EFGA supporters for the 11th annual Taste of Love gala!
On Saturday, February 7, 2015 the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia will present its signature fundraising gala, the Taste of Love, an elegant black tie event held at the Ritz Carlton, Buckhead. Taste of Love features gourmet dining, premium wine pairing, live entertainment, a top notch live and silent auction and the chance to dance the night away! All proceeds from the event benefit EFGA!
Invitations will be mailing out soon! Don’t miss this incredible event.
The Taste of Love is the annual fundraising gala of the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. Held each year at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead and attended by more than 600 prominent Atlanta, the Taste of Love treats guest to a night of gourmet dining prepared by the chefs of the Ritz Carlton, live entertainment and a wonderful silent and live auction filled with exciting vacations getaways, luxury items and sports packages as well as fine dining and unique life experiences.
Our master of ceremonies this year will be Jonathan Slocumb.
When & Where
Saturday, February 7, 2015
6:30 pm to 1:00 am
Ritz Carlton, Buckhead
3434 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Special Romance Room Rates are available for Taste of Love guest, please contact Hope Nudelman to make your hotel reservation at (404)240-7174.
If you wish to attend the Taste of Love gala, we have a couple options for your ticket or table purchase. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
$300 per ticket
$3000 per table of 10 guests
$3600 per table of 12 guests
Tickets are available for purchase online, or you can contact Kathleen at the EFGA office to process payment information. If you are purchasing a table, we will need your guest list no later than January 30th. If you would like your guests to receive invitations, please contact Kathleen with their contact information. Kathleen can be reached at (404)527-7155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please view the 2015 Taste of Love Sponsorship Packet for more information regarding sponsorship levels and their benefits. The deadline to be included in event printed material is January 15, 2015.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia is a charitable non-profit, volunteer and professional organization committed to the prevention and control of epilepsy, and to helping improve the lives of people who have epilepsy. The foundation is a statewide voluntary health organization dedicated to the prevention and cure of seizure disorders, the alleviation of its effects and the promotion of independence and optimal quality of life for the people who have these disorders. Thought its community involvement with employers, teachers, law enforcement officials, health care professionals and individuals with epilepsy and their families, the foundation is active in a broad range of programs. These programs include information and education, advocacy, camp scholarships, and the delivery of specialized services.
As the signature fundraising event for the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia, the Taste of Love directs all proceeds to helping prevent, control and cure epilepsy through education, advocacy, services, camp scholarships and medication assistance as well as ensuring that all Georgians with seizure disorders are able to participate in all life experiences.
Thanks to Our Taste of Love Sponsors & Partners
We hope that you will join us at the 11th annual Taste of Love gala! Check out the photo gallery, courtesy of Andria Lavine, from last year’s wonderful event!