Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities’ (ARMHC) 4th annual Hearts and Hands Gala will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Georgia Aquarium. The event, which will be hosted by WSB-TV’s David Chandley, will feature live and silent auctions and a performance by comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
The Coca-Cola Co. is the event’s presenting sponsor with Javier Goizueta, VP of The Coca-Cola Co. and president of the McDonald’s Division Worldwide, serving as event chair and Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Co., as honorary chair.
“No child should ever have to fight a life-threatening illness without the love and support of their family nearby. The Ronald McDonald House is all about keeping families together and it’s a cause that’s very dear to us at The Coca-Cola Co.,” says Goizueta.
Proceeds from the Hearts and Hands Gala will support the operations of Atlanta’s two Ronald McDonald Houses.
“With so many families facing financial hardships—especially those also dealing with the uncertainty of a child’s illness—the safe haven provided by the Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses is more important than ever,” says Linda M. Morris, president and CEO of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities.
This year, Atlanta’s two Ronald McDonald Houses will provide temporary housing and support service to more than 2,000 families of critically ill and injured children. In 33 years, the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities have served more than 40,000 families.
In the featured photo at top: Members of the committee for the 4th annual Hearts and Hands Gala gather at The Coca-Cola Co. headquarters: Pictured, back row from left: Jeff and Jacquie Wansley, patron co-chairs; and Elizabeth and Bart Gobeil, patron co-chairs; and front row from left: David Chandley, event host and WSB-TV meteorologist; Javier Goizueta, event chair and VP, The Coca-Cola Co. and president of The McDonald’s Division Worldwide; and Melissa Murphy, auction chair. (Photo by Spark St. Jude)