Please join us as we Celebrate Life and recognize champions in our transplant community during a charitable evening of dinner, dancing, and unique auctions. Together, we can further the Foundation’s mission to bridge the gap between hope and opportunity by educating and enriching the lives of those affected by transplantation.
At the third annual Celebrate Life gala, presented by Care Dx and Piedmont Transplant Institute, we have the privilege of honoring:
- Transplant surgeon, Dr. David Vega, and his personal transplant connection through his niece, Abby Bacho, who saved the lives of five people as an organ donor.
- Bill Backus, heart transplant recipient and two-time GTF Board President.
- Transplant nephrologist, Dr. Eda Hochgelerent, and kidney transplant recipient, Melissa Carter.
Tickets and sponsorships start at $250. All proceeds benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation. We look forward to seeing you on Mach 14th!
Join the Ranks of Our Top Sponsors
Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels, for corporations, to individuals. For more information, please go to our sponsorship opportunities page to learn about the different levels of sponsorships available. Sponsorship levels range from our Second Chance Sponsor at $1,500 to our Presenting Sponsor at $25,000.
Individual tickets to attend the event are $250 each. Please click here to purchase your ticket.
If you are unable to attend Celebrate Life, please consider making a general donation in support of the Georgia Transplant Foundation and our state’s organ transplant community.
Donate Auction or Raffle Items
Our event would not be the same without the generous support from businesses and individuals who donate their goods to our raffles, silent auction and more. Items featured in the past have included exciting trips, luxury goods, electronics, spa services, and tickets to sporting events, just to name a few. If you believe that you have an item that could be used in a raffle, or if you may be able to donate items to our silent and/or live auction, please email email@example.com or call (678) 514-1180.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Cocktail Reception – 6:30pm
The Main Event – 7:30pm
JW Marriott Buckhead, 3300 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
A fun and meaningful evening of dinner, dancing and unique auctions to raise funds and awareness for the Georgia Transplant Foundation.
Off-Blue Tie (gentlemen in tuxedoes/suites and ladies in cocktail/formal wear). Blue, teal and gold are admired, but not required
Please contact Rita Michaels at (678)514-1180 or RMichaels@gatransplant.org
The Swing Easy Hit Hard Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 with a shotgun start at 1:00pm. The event will be held at the Windermere Golf Club, in Cumming, GA. Sponsorships, individual golfer spots and foursomes are available. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring this Community Partner Group event, please e-mail SEHHgolf@gmail.com or visit www.swingeasyhithard.org for more information.
Realizing that transplantation poses financial hardships on the entire family, the Georgia Transplant Foundation annually awards academic scholarships to selected students who are transplant recipients, dependents of a transplant recipient, living donors, parents or the sibling of a transplant recipient under the age of 22. The scholarships are awarded to students who are presently enrolled in an accredited institution or beginning such a program.
Scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 and are renewable for a period up to four years (unless otherwise noted) depending on educational program requirements and continuing to meet grade requirements.
Thomas F. Smith Recipient Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient in honor of, Thomas F. Smith. Mr. Smith, a kidney recipient, founded the Georgia Transplant Foundation in 1992.
Dunkerley Family Dependent Scholarship is awarded to a dependent of a recipient in honor of the Dunkerley family, who has been instrumental in developing the programs of the Georgia Transplant Foundation.
Theresa Lackey Living Donor Scholarship is awarded to a living donor. This scholarship was endowed by the Lumpkin family in honor of kidney recipient Karen Lumpkin Sortor’s living donor Theresa.
Meg Jeffrey Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient in memory of long-time GTF volunteer, friend, and supporter Meg Jeffrey and her passion for helping young transplant recipients “redesign the dream” and pursue their goals in life following a transplant.
GTF Sibling Scholarship is awarded to the sibling of a transplanted child 22 years old or younger.
Georgia Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society Scholarship is a one year scholarship to support an applicant, in the above categories, who is interested in pursuing a degree in healthcare. This scholarship is sponsored by Georgia Chapter ITNS.
Mallory Smith Legacy Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient or a dependent. This scholarship was endowed by the Smith family in memory of Mallory Smith, a two time liver recipient, cheerleader and mentor.
Couey Memorial Educational Scholarship was established in memory of siblings Danny Couey, a heart transplant recipient and his sister Mary Couey, an artist, naturalist and avid supporter of donation.
Michael Calkins Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient, dependent or sibling of a transplanted child. It honors the perseverance exhibited by those impacted by transplantation; who overcome the illness and its many tethers to pursue an education that allows them to develop intellectually, emotionally and physically.
Daly “Perfect Match” Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient, dependent or sibling of a transplanted child. This scholarship was established in honor of Mrs. Daly’s successful kidney transplant from her “perfect match” donor, Mr. Daly. The Daly family wants to honor other transplant patients and families by providing this scholarship for a deserving applicant.
Donate Life Georgia – this scholarship was established to honor donor families without whom transplantation would not be possible.
Thanks to funding from these generous partners: Donors of the Meg Jeffrey Memorial Fund; Georgia Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society; Mike & Lisa Smith; Susan Lumpkin; The Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation, the Calkins Family, and the Couey Family and Donate Life Georgia.
Any of the following qualified individuals who are pursuing a post high school educational program at an accredited college, university, or technical school are eligible to apply. The applicant must be a resident of Georgia and accepted or enrolled in an accredited college, university, vocational technical or professional degree program.
Scholarships are available to applicants who meet one of the following categories:
- Transplant recipient.
- Dependent of a transplant recipient.
- Parent of a transplant recipient.
- Living Donor.
- Sibling of a transplant recipient (both the sibling and the recipient must be 22 years of age or younger)
Applicants for the scholarship must submit all of the following:
- Completed application form
- A copy of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return for the entire household (proof of income)
- Official transcripts or grade reports from the most current institutions attended, including high school, GED, technical school, or college; if you are presently a high school senior, transcripts from your most recent grades; if you are presently enrolled in an educational institution, transcripts for all course work; or if none of the above apply, the most recent transcript from the last school attended
- A copy of either the ACT or SAT scores (entrance test)
- Three letters of reference from previous teachers, employers, or counselors
- A neatly written personal statement of no more than three pages describing career objectives, how this school will help you attain your goals, how transplantation has effected your life, and any other pertinent information that may affect your application
- A copy of the acceptance letter or most recent registration card/class schedule from the program you will be attending
- Complete information must be postmarked by the MAY1 DEADLINE
All information will be kept confidential. Applicants who do not submit all of the above information will not be considered.
DAWGS FOR KIDS
Come join in the celebration with Countdown to Kickoff’s hosts David Greene, Jon Stinchcomb, and Matt Stinchcomb, during the 14th annual Dawgs For Kids Party to benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
UGA Hall of Fame inductees will be present at the event.
Enjoy great food and drinks, mingle with Bulldog players, coaches, fans and alumni, talk about the upcoming season, and take home one-of-a-kind items from the live and silent auction.
Past auction items have included:
• All white male bulldog puppy from the Uga line.
• 5 day, 4 night stay in a luxury log home at The Ranches at Belt Creek in Belt, Montana.
• A seven day vacation a the 5-Star Palace Resort and Spa Riviera Maya in Mexico.
• UGA football helmet autographed by Matthew Stafford, David Greene, DJ Shockley, and Eric Zeier.
*Please Note: All guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
All proceeds benefit:
10th Annual “Angels of Life” Hair and Fashion Show
What is Angels of Life? Angels of Life…those who give life to others. Join us to celebrate the gift of life and those Angels who have made it possible. During our event you will hear real life testimonies from transplant recipients and donor families who share their heartwarming journey and how GTF came to their aid during a time of need. The evening highlights a 200+ live and silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dancing, live entertainment, music and the gift of life inspiring Hair and Fashion show designed by Three-13’s Artistic Team! “Angel of Life” Donation since 2011, $560,313!!! – See more at: http://three-13.com/angels/
To purchase tickets and sponsorships, please visit: http://three-13.com/shop/home.php?cat=251