The Celebrate Life Gala

Months of meticulous planning and tireless dedication culminated in a night of magic at GTF’s 5th annual Celebrate Life Gala. On Saturday, March 9th, the fruits of countless hours of hard work and collaboration were on full display. Behind the scenes, the dedicated GTF team poured their hearts and souls into every detail of the event. From securing sponsors and coordinating logistics to designing the décor and crafting the perfect evening, every aspect of the gala was carefully curated to ensure a magical experience for all.

A Night of Enchantment

In the end, the gala unfolded as a magical affair. The venue was transformed into a whimsical wonderland, with twinkling lights and lush floral arrangements adorning every corner. Beautiful music from the Mad Violinist played in the background, with guests enjoying a delicious three-course dinner and an open bar featuring cocktails themed after each of the three Transplant Champion honorees. 

At the heart of the evening stood those three remarkable champions, recognized for their unwavering commitment to the transplant community. Among them, Dr. Joshua Wolf and Dr. Rene Romero, both esteemed transplant physicians whose expertise and compassion have transformed countless lives. The gala also honored Mallory Smith’s memory. She was a brave young woman whose selflessness and cheerful demeanor never wavered during her medical turmoil. Dr. Romero, her physician, as well as Mallory’s parents, shared their memories of her, reminding us of all of the profound impacts of organ transplantation and why the attendance and participation of every single person at the gala were so important.

One of the highlights of the evening was the silent auction, offering a plethora of unique items and experiences. From a raffle offering an exclusive Cancun vacation package to one-of-a-kind memorabilia like the signed Taylor Swift guitar, the selection completely captivated guests. The collection of items inspired generous contributions in the name of the transplant community. 

A Monumental Success

As the night drew to a close, it was clear that this was more than just a fundraiser – it was a celebration of life, love, and the power of community. In total, the Gala raised nearly $250,000 in support of the transplant patients of Georgia. This remarkable feat would not have been possible without the generosity and dedication of everyone involved. The sponsors, donors, volunteers and attendees should all feel immense pride for their role in the evening.

GTF remains steadfast in our mission to provide vital support and resources to those navigating their transplant journey. Events like the Gala serve as a reminder of the difference we make when coming together for a common cause. We can’t wait to take the event to even greater heights next year at the 6th annual Celebrate Life Gala, set for April 5th, 2025. Make sure to save the date now so you don’t miss it!

This incredible evening of course would not have been possible without the immense help of our Presenting Sponsors, Piedmont Transplant Institute, Children’s Transplant Center, and Emory Transplant Center. Also deserving of significant thanks is our Gift of Life Sponsor, Synergen Rx, as well as our Save a Life Sponsors, Mayo Clinic, LifeLink of Georgia, United Healthcare, Gold Standard Preservation, Natera, Wellstar, Dr. and Mrs. Josh Wolf, Dr. and Mrs. Rene Romero, and The Edwards Family. We also greatly appreciate our in-kind donors Pure Melon, The Highlight Reel, The Mad Violinist, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Matt Peele, and Gray Saunders Photography.

We had the privilege of having two wonderful photographers who volunteered their services and took amazing pictures at the event. You can view and download these pictures by clicking on the links provided here: Gray Saunders Photography and Steve Lyons’ photos.