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FICO Offers Virtual ‘Score a Better Future’ Event Aug. 13

August 11, 2020

You’re invited to A Free Virtual Score A Better Future for Atlanta (Webinar)Date: August 13th, 2020

Time: 12:00 to 1:15 pm EST

Guest Speakers:   Paula Tkac, Senior Vice President and Associate Research Director, Atlanta Fed

Location: virtual link for webinar to be provided upon registration

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Can’t make this time? That’s okay go ahead and register and we will send you a link to the recording post event and you can still access free credit counseling services.  

We all have financial goals for our families but understanding how to get there can be a challenge. FICO® Scores are the key to understanding your financial health. We want to help! Join us for a free interactive webinar to learn how you can Score A Better Future for you and your family. 

Whether you are new to credit, preparing to purchase a home, planning your retirement, or concerned about protecting your financial health from the impact of the COVID virus, knowledge is power.  You will learn first-hand from FICO experts what are the key ingredients in the FICO® Score, common characteristics of consumers that are FICO® Score high-achievers and get your questions answered.  

This free interactive session led by FICO will also cover the myths and facts about FICO® Scores and how to build and protect your credit. Score A Better Future events are completely free. Capacity is limited, so we highly recommend that you register online now to reserve your spot.  You will also have a chance to win a $100 gift card simply by attending the event!

Don’t understand how credit scores work or know your FICO® Score?  Don’t worry, we’ll provide the information that you need as well as access to non-profit accredited credit coaches who will help answer your questions and develop  your individualized plan for success.

Free Access to your FICO® Score & 1-on-1 Financial & Credit Counseling*
Set-up 1-on-1 virtual meetings with local non-profit certified credit counselors who can pull your FICO® Score* for free and start mapping out your plan for the future.  These counselors will be available to help you chart your progress, refresh your skills and meet your goals in the days and weeks after our event is over. 

Your FICO® Score today doesn’t have to be your FICO® Score tomorrow.
FICO is committed to helping all Americans Score A Better Future.

At FICO, financial inclusion is in our DNA. For nearly 30 years, we have pioneered the scoring analytics that have helped democratize access to credit for millions of people. 

Moryah Jackson Joins United Community Bank as Vice President, Director of Community Development and Engagement

August 11, 2020

United Community Bank is pleased to welcome Moryah Jackson as Vice President, Director of Community Development and Engagement. In this newly created leadership role, Jackson will be responsible for oversight of the bank’s community impact initiatives along with serving as a key decision maker of the recently established United Community Bank Foundation.

“Supporting the communities we serve has always been one of our top priorities. We are proud to now further that commitment with the addition of Moryah and creation of the United Community Bank Foundation,” said Lynn Harton, Chairman and CEO of United Community Bank. “Moryah has provided effective guidance to many organizations and helped strengthen their community relationships. We look forward to benefiting from her expertise to help increase the impact of United’s community outreach efforts.” 

Jackson comes to United from Clemson University, where she served as Director of Diversity Education. While in this position, she led initiatives to advance diversity, inclusion and community engagement across the state. Earlier in her career, Jackson worked to launch ‘TransformSC’, a public-private partnership focused on transforming the public education system in South Carolina. Other career roles include Assistant Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement at the University of South Carolina and Apprenticeship Consultant for the South Carolina Technical College System. 

“I am honored to join United Community Bank during such a transformative period,” said Jackson. “I’ve dedicated my career to helping organizations find new, sustainable ways to support their communities and foster economic development. United has long focused on community engagement and I look forward to developing innovative strategies to help increase the bank’s influence across the Southeast.” 

Jackson earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs from Columbia College and her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina. She is also a graduate of the South Carolina Economic Development Institute, the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative, and the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program. Jackson has been recognized as a “20 under 40” leader by The State newspaper and a “40 under 40” leader by the South Carolina Black Pages. Presently, Jackson serves on the South Carolina Women in Leadership Consulting Council, volunteers with Midlands Technical College’s Upward Bound Program and enjoys reading banned books in her spare time.

About United Community Banks, Inc.

United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) (United) is a bank holding company headquartered in Blairsville, Georgia, with executive offices in Greenville, South Carolina. United is one of the largest fullservice financial institutions in the Southeast, with $15.0 billion in assets, and 149 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee at June 30, 2020. Through its July 1st acquisition of Three Shores Bancorporation and its wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Seaside National Bank & Trust, United added approximately $2.1 billion in assets and 14 banking offices in key metropolitan markets throughout Florida.  United Community Bank, United’s wholly-owned bank subsidiary, specializes in personalized community banking services for individuals, small businesses and companies throughout its geographic footprint, now including Florida under the brand Seaside Bank and Trust. Services include a full range of consumer and commercial banking products, including mortgage, advisory, treasury management, and now wealth management. Respected national research firms consistently recognize United for outstanding customer service. In 2020, J.D. Power ranked United highest in customer satisfaction with retail banking in the Southeast, marking six out of the last seven years United earned the coveted award.  Forbes included United in its inaugural list of the World’s Best Banks in 2019 and again in 2020. Forbes also recognized United on its 2020 list of the 100 Best Banks in America for the seventh consecutive year.  United also received five Greenwich Excellence Awards in 2019 for excellence in Small Business Banking and Middle Market Banking, including a national award for Overall Satisfaction in Small Business Banking. Additional information about United can be found at www.ucbi.com.

Kennesaw State University to welcome students back for Fall 2020 semester

August 10, 2020

Kennesaw State University will soon welcome students back to campus for the start of the fall semester, with extra precautions in place to protect the health and safety of the entire campus community. The new academic year on campus will look different amid a global health pandemic with face coverings mandated in all facilities, 6 feet of social distancing and rigorous cleaning protocols established.

The fall semester kickoff will begin with residential housing Move-In on Aug. 12, followed by KSU Live: First-Year Edition, a virtual welcome for incoming students, and President Pamela Whitten’s annual celebratory “First Day of School Cake” event.

To prioritize the health and safety of our community, Move-In arrival times have been scheduled to minimize the number of individuals in shared spaces, and students are limited to no more than two guests to help them move in. Additionally, the University has extended the number of days from two to four to further accommodate residents.

Schedule of Activities

Aug. 12-15 – Move-In, Kennesaw Campus9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily – Austin Residence Complex, KSU Place I and II, University Village and University Village Suites

Aug. 14-15 – Move-In, Marietta Campus
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily – Hornet Village, University Columns, University Commons and University Courtyard

Aug. 16 – KSU LIVE: First-Year Edition  
A virtual version of the University’s First-Year Convocation, which welcomes first-year students to Owl Nation
4 – 4:30 p.m. – Talk-show style celebration via Facebook Live on the University’s Facebook page

Aug. 17 – First Day of School Cake
President Pamela Whitten continues her tradition of a sweet new start to the beginning of fall semester classes with individually packaged cookies.11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Kennesaw Campus Green
2 – 4 p.m. – Marietta Campus Globe near the Wilson Student Center

Engineering alumnus follows astronautics passion to become rocket scientist

August 10, 2020

Growing up, Hershle Ellis gravitated toward anything that had to do with science fiction and astronautics. He dreamed he would one day be responsible for blasting spacecraft into orbit and decided early on that studying engineering would be the vehicle through which he could achieve those goals.

Having graduated from Kennesaw State University in May with his degree in mechanical engineering, Ellis recently accepted a position as a propulsion systems engineer, or a rocket scientist, at United Launch Alliance (ULA) in Colorado. At ULA, he is part of a team helping to design the Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle.

Now living out his dream, Ellis said it wouldn’t be possible without the help of faculty in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

“Through my engineering coursework, I was able to participate in countless group projects that really sharpened my design capabilities and critical thinking,” he said. “I was able to take a lot of that knowledge and immediately put it into action on my internships, and I certainly lean on it now as a professional.”

Ellis credits Adeel Khalid, the University’s resident aerospace engineering expert, with further developing his passion for flight. While completing his aerospace engineering minor, he was given the freedom to explore topics in astronautics and benefited from Khalid’s extensive industry experience.

“He was an exceptional student who always went above and beyond the requirements of the course,” said Khalid, professor of systems engineering. “He was often the first to understand difficult concepts in class and made the extra effort to perform well. I believe his passion and quest for learning is what ultimately allowed him to achieve his career goals.”

Like countless of others who have earned their degrees in KSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ellis’ undergraduate journey culminated in a senior design project. Under the guidance of Laura and Richard Ruhala, both professors of mechanical engineering, he and a few classmates devised a machine that could move large quantities of ice and other material on the surface of the moon, something they envisioned could be used for future National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) missions. To prepare for the project, Ellis and his team researched existing machinery and attempted to engineer a new application based on their findings.

Ellis would also submit a research paper to the American Society of Mechanical Engineering’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition.

“Hershle possesses both analytical and creativity skills that I saw him apply in designing a novel lunar transportation system during his senior capstone course with a team of his peers,” Richard Ruhala said. “I am thrilled to see him reach his dream of becoming a rocket engineer.”

Laura Ruhala added that his enthusiasm for the project was “contagious.”

While at KSU, Ellis completed two engineering internships, the first of which at United Technologies Aerospace Systems (UTAS). At UTAS, he gained valuable experience as a program quality intern while working on the tower module for the Boeing 747 airplane. Two years later, he would join ULA as a tooling engineering and design intern, designing tools for the Centaur V upper stage and reverse engineering an autonomous welder, which would later catapult him into his career.

“I can’t imagine I would be where I am today if it weren’t for my professors, colleagues and the projects I undertook as a student,” he said. “I use these skills daily, and I’m well on my way to reaching new heights.”

The Battery Atlanta steps up to the plate with action-packed August programming

August 6, 2020

Cobb County destination brings back favorite and free events for metro-Atlanta area families!

Metro-Atlantans can swing into August with things to do at The Battery Atlanta, rain or shine! Guests can cool off with a drink on the patios, listen to live entertainment or score local goods at the Sunday Farmers Market, all while enjoying the best outdoor activities and delicious menu deals at the lifestyle destination all month long. Sports fans can gear up for the return of Atlanta Braves baseball with viewing on the big screens at Yard House, Live! at The Battery, Terrapin Taproom, Antico Pizza Napoletana, El Super Pan, Wahlburgers or PH’EAST.

With one more month of summer, The Battery Atlanta has everything to help guests make the most of the end of the season! Visitors can find an up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change.

Outdoor Activities:

Wellness Series: Yoga by Kaiser Permanente

Every Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Start the week off stress-free with an outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente on non-event days at the Plaza Green. This free class is limited to 75 people. Registration and the event participant waiver are available online. A live stream on Facebook and recorded sessions on YouTube are also available to fitness fans on event days for a free virtual class.

The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare
A brisk walk can curb cravings! Get out and get active on the 1.5-mile loop circling the campus.

Cornhole ATL Fall League
Every Tuesday at 6:45-9 p.m.
A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! The 7-week outdoor Fall Cornhole League begins Sept. 1. Interested participants can create a team and register no later than Aug. 24. Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the season’s final tournament on Oct. 20. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes. Learn more and register here.

Farmers Market presented by United Healthcare
Every Sunday on non-event days from 1-4 p.m.
Families and friends are invited to stroll and shop a variety of handcrafted and homegrown products on the Plaza Green. Locals can also preorder items from select sellers, including David’s Garden Super Bee, Pearson Farm, The Cheese Straw House and The Cocktail House Shop.

Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:

Mule Mondays at Terrapin Taproom
Every Monday
Guests can try a specialty Moscow Mule for only $6 at this fan-favorite taproom that offers more than beer and BBQ.

Tiki Tuesday at Taps at PH’EAST
Every Tuesday
Diners at the Asian food hall can also sip on a $7 Plantation Rum drink special while listening to musicians perform from 6-9 p.m. each night on the patio.

Wine Wednesday at BURN by Rocky Patel
Every Wednesday
Patrons can wine down with $5 off select glasses paired with a hand-rolled, premium cigar from world-class collections.

Champagne Thursdays at CRU Food & Wine Bar
Every Thursday
Guests can treat themselves to 50% off a bottle of champagne and are invited to eat their fill of fresh artisan cuisine – a perfect date night starting at 3 p.m.!

Flight Fridays at Terrapin Taproom
Every Friday
Beer lovers can celebrate the start of the weekend with $2 off flights of local brews from open to close!

KSU exercise science professor earns young researcher award

August 5, 2020

Kennesaw State University associate professor of exercise science Gerald Mangine has earned the Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

The award “is given in recognition of a researcher who has been in the field for seven years or less.”

“To be recognized by the NSCA is one of those goals I set for myself,” Mangine said. “It definitely has a personal meaning, and I feel a great sense of accomplishment. I really enjoy what I do and I hope to study and teach for a long time to come.”

Mangine’s research focuses on strength training, conditioning, and sports performance. A former football player at the College of New Jersey, he parlayed his experience into a career as a personal trainer and strength coach before landing in academia, where he discovered research. Between his experience as a college athlete and his study of exercise and human performance, he hopes to identify the factors that best predict sports performance. Athletes might use this information to modify training tactics and be more successful in sport. Since arriving at KSU, and through collaborations with his departmental colleagues, one sport that has specifically caught his interest has been CrossFit.

“As a scientist, I stress that my work has to have practical meaning,” he said. “The whole purpose of my research is to find out what makes great athletes, so everything I study must be applicable to the coach and athlete. The challenge is translating what happens in the weight room or during testing with what happens on the field. When you look at CrossFit, you see things that directly apply to the sport itself—running, lifting weights, doing pullups—it’s just exercise. All these things are quantifiable and fit in with what I want to do.”

Department chair of exercise science and sport management Mark Geil also credited Mangine for the practical applications he has found in his work, both for recreational and serious athletes.

“We’re delighted to see a national spotlight shine on Dr. Mangine,” Geil said. “This award is a well-deserved recognition of his tireless efforts in understanding the science behind human fitness and performance. His work has extraordinary impact in a broad scientific and public scope, and we are proud that he’s a part of our team.”

Mangine joined the faculty at KSU in 2015 after earning his doctorate from the University of Central Florida. Mangine earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of New Jersey.

Donors open doors to support KSU vision

August 4, 2020

Barry Hyman is a tireless advocate for the students of Kennesaw State University and KSU Journey Honors College. He has taken the time to understand the financial challenges that KSU students face and has made it his mission to support students and engage the larger Atlanta community in the effort to raise scholarship funds for students. Over the course of the last decade, Hyman has had an enormous impact leading by example.

Sylvia and Barry Hyman
Sylvia and Barry Hyman

Currently in his third term as a trustee of the KSU Foundation, Hyman became a member of the advisory council for KSU Journey Honors College in 2018. Last year, he and his wife, Sylvia donated $100,000 to endow scholarships for Honors students and help provide recognition celebrations for KSU Journey Honors College graduates. Through a matching opportunity founded by Rosemary and John Brown, the Hymans’ $100,000 gift was matched at 100 percent by the Browns and 50 percent by the KSU Foundation, for a total endowment of $250,000.

“As an advisory council member and donor to the college, Barry has created value for Honors students and KSU Journey Honors College in a way that transcends expectations. We are grateful for the Hyman family’s support,” said Dean Rita Bailey.

In addition to the Honors College, Barry and Sylvia Hyman have strategically advocated for the University, which has helped KSU secure several significant gifts, including Fifth Third Bank’s sponsorship of KSU athletics, and Michael and Andrea Leven’s donation to Coles College of Business.

The Hymans also have endowed scholarships in the College of the Arts and have supported KSU’s education-abroad programs in Montepulciano, Italy. The Barry and Sylvia Hyman Endowed International Scholarship has supported student international education programsparticularly through the Honors Great Books cohort, one of the most elite and competitive academic enrichment programs on campus, which provides opportunities for 25 Honors students to study classic literature in Italy.

Brandon Vines, who graduated from KSU in 2018, said that his semester in Montepulciano in the Great Books program would not have been possible without the Hymans’ support. Now a law student at Columbia University in New York, he credits his experiences with the Honors College for his transformation from computer science major to future lawyer.

“The Honors Great Books cohort dramatically altered that course of my life,” Vines said. “My experiences in the Honors College helped me reach goals beyond what I had even imagined. It truly shaped my future.”

Barry Hyman, a native of High Point, North Carolina, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He met Sylvia at their synagogue in High Point, where she studied elementary education at High Point University. After college, he accepted a position with Arthur Andersen in Atlanta and has remained in the area for nearly 50 years. While working as a CPA at Arthur Andersen by day, Hyman earned a law degree at Emory University at night. He later transitioned into insurance and financial services by opening his own company, Veracor, LLC.

With his company thriving and his steadfast desire to lend a hand, Hyman remains extremely active in the Atlanta community and with the University. He said he is happy to make the necessary connections and introductions to help KSU achieve success as well.

“I view it as an opportunity where I can make a difference on a grand scale,” he said. “Kennesaw State has so much to offer, and this is a chance to continue to help it become an even greater institution.” 

MeetingAdvice Launches Virtual Event Studio

August 4, 2020

As meetings took on a virtual personality with many challenges, Steve
Goodman, managing director of MeetingAdvice, adjusted his offerings to create enhanced virtual meetings with the company’s new Studio. After the COVID-19 pandemic materialized, people stopped gathering in person, and live meetings and the convention industry came to a complete halt. MeetingAdvice saw the need to pivot.

Goodman devised the studio concept as a solution for clients who conveyed how difficult it was to conduct virtual meetings from their homes with no support, faulty bandwidth and other nuances resulting from work-from-home arrangements. At the studio, clients enter a full control room that is
wired for production. The staging room is preset for lighting, and clients can choose to broadcast live directly from the studio or record the session for a later presentation. The show director works in harmony with the technical director, camera engineer and playback engineer to produce extraordinary events, and the team also can incorporate video, PowerPoint assets and Q&A into presentations and integrate presentations into Zoom calls.

A private area also has been created for clients to rehearse in a
safe, relaxed environment. MeetingAdvice Studio allows clients to record speeches, messages as well a broadcast events via live streaming or pre-record for later use. The studio is complete with three production cameras and a full 24-foot stage that can be custom configured to a variety of settings. Unlike other production studios, clients have the ability to leave with a finished product.

“Our production studio is the equivalent of walking into a television studio and seeing much of the same equipment,” said Goodman. “All of our services are performed in a safe, friendly environment where our clients receive the most professional results.”

MeetingAdvice also offers coaching services where staff members will assist with pre-studio remote presentation preparation, agenda planning, storyboarding and scripting and presentation coaching, educating clients on the best positions for the camera, the right sound and how to keep audience members engaged while listening from home.

“With MeetingAdvice Studio, guests walk out with an edited version of their presentation, created with real-time editing,” says Goodman. “No one else in the city is doing this.”

“Since March 8 our event company has experienced the loss of hundreds of meetings scheduled for 2020,” says Goodman. “Instead of going home, we pivoted and created a virtual meetings platform with our own studio.”
Staff at MeetingAdvice Studio follow strict health and safety procedures. All production studio team members wear masks, surfaces are frequently sanitized, hand sanitizing stations are available, and the team has implemented special covers for microphones.

When live meetings start happening again, Goodman’s team is ready. “Best case scenario, there will be a hybrid of both live and virtual meetings, and we’re prepared for both,” he explains. “The studio will be able to continually help our clients offer these hybrid meetings.”

Goodman adds, “We know this is a difficult time for everyone, not just the hospitality industry. If we can help create a path for those companies having difficulty, we can support each other as we move through this together.”

MeetingAdvice Studio is located in Cobb Galleria Centre at 100 Galleria Pkwy. Suite 1320, Atlanta, Georgia 30339. For more information about MeetingAdvice Studio, visit http://www.meetingadvice.com.

About MeetingAdvice
MeetingAdvice is a full-service meeting and event planning company, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices in Boca Raton, Florida, and London, England. Founded in 1989 and first known as the Jackson Marketing Group, MeetingAdvice’s client list spans the Fortune 500® list of companies. With more than 100 years of combined experience, the MeetingAdvice team of specialists share an expectation for perfection for every client and seamless execution of every meeting and event. MeetingAdvice is lauded for having some of the most innovative and memorable events in the industry—supporting meetings of all types and sizes from executive board meetings to large scale conferences and trade shows, managing every element from event logistics to sourcing solutions and virtual production services.

Chamber member UPS store gets SBDC help securing a loan

August 4, 2020

Originally posted in UGA TODAY: TODAY’S TOP NEWS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Joseph Malbrough’s UPS store in Cobb County was considered an essential business when most others were forced to close during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But with most people sheltering in place, the daily traffic through the store dropped significantly.

“We had to cut our hours because business had fallen off,” Malbrough said.

He applied for loans available to businesses through the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, but after almost a month hadn’t heard back.

That’s when he called the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center consultant Antonio Barrios.

“He was able to help me walk through the process and reach out to the SBA (federal Small Business Administration) to get an update as to whether or not they had my loan package, where it was in the process and what to expect,” Malbrough said. “The funds helped me stabilize and I was able to work with my landlord to get a deferment during that time as well.”

He’s been able to stay open and keep his seven employees on payroll.

They’re a good resource to have and definitely a resource I encourage people to utilize.” — Joseph Malbrough

“Under the uncertainty created by COVID-19, it was important to get that additional working capital to help him stay steady in this economy,” said Barrios, who works out of the UGA SBDC office located at Kennesaw State University. “He was able to remain open, but the ups and downs due to the crisis still affected his business. The federal funding provided additional support for him and his employees.”

Malbrough first met Barrios and became acquainted with the UGA SBDC eight years ago, when he decided to move his UPS store to a location with more traffic. Barrios helped him secure a loan for a new site on the busy Cobb Parkway in Smyrna.

Active in the community, Malbrough had heard about the UGA SBDC during a Cobb County Chamber of Commerce event. Since then, he has arranged for SBDC consultants to speak at events held by the Smyrna Business Association, where he has been a board member for seven years. He was recently recognized as Ambassador of the Year by the Cobb Chamber.

“They’re a good resource to have and definitely a resource I encourage people to utilize,” Malbrough said. “The assistance from the SBDC and the funds from the (CARES Act) were simply a great bridge that helped me in a time of need.”

Wellstar Invites Community to Attend Virtual Gala on Aug. 1

July 31, 2020

Wellstar Health System, one of Georgia’s largest and most integrated healthcare systems, is inviting the community to attend its first-ever Wellstar Foundation virtual gala and interactive online fundraiser on Aug. 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. WSB-TV award-winning anchor Fred Blankenship will serve as the emcee of the Wellstar Starlight Grand Gala and joins celebrities, community members and healthcare heroes in raising vital donations for the Wellstar Foundation’s COVID-19 relief fund. Sponsored by ApolloMD and Bank of America, the benefit will feature performances, a live silent auction and wine wall, and a virtual photo booth.

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PHOTO CAPTION: The community is invited to attend the Wellstar Foundation’s first-ever virtual gala and interactive online fundraiser. The Wellstar Starlight Grand Gala is free, and open to anyone who would like to attend. Register at wellstar.org/gala.

“Our hope is to make the virtual gala just as fun as our annual live event is each year, with the bonus of being able to invite and engage with many more people on the online platform,” said Lisa Mello, Wellstar Foundation director of Strategic Giving. “What a unique opportunity to share how donations to the Wellstar Foundation are helping make Georgia well, now and in the future!”

The initial line-up of performers includes rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer Michelle Malone; Atlanta Braves opera singer Timothy Miller; and country music group Brian Collins Band. Attendees will also enjoy heartfelt messages from celebrities and community members showing appreciation to Wellstar team members for working on the frontlines throughout the pandemic.

The COVID-19 relief fund supports Wellstar’s 11 hospitals, six health parks, pediatric centers, hospice facilities, and other medical offices. The fund also offers supplies and educational materials to members of the community, procures tablets that connect patients with loved ones, and provides aid to Wellstar team members in need due to the pandemic.

There are multiple ways to participate during the virtual event that include wine wall purchases starting at $25, a silent auction featuring exciting experiences, and the opportunity to donate directly to the COVID-19 relief fund. As a not-for-profit, Wellstar relies on community support to fund hospital enhancements, community programs, and resources for individuals in need. Contributions to the Wellstar Foundation support our vision of delivering world-class healthcare to everyone in our service area.

The virtual gala is free and open to anyone who would like to attend. Register now by visiting wellstar.org/gala.   

ABOUT WELLSTAR FOUNDATION

For 30 years, the Wellstar Foundation has been at the forefront of securing life-saving resources for the Wellstar Health System, one of the largest and most integrated health systems in Georgia. As a not-for-profit, donations are critical for Wellstar to achieve its vision of delivering world-class healthcare. The Foundation reinvests 100 percent of every dollar donated toward initiatives that advance the level of healthcare provided to Wellstar communities through improved patient services and assistance for those in need. To learn more, visit wellstar.org/foundation or call 770-956-GIVE (4483).