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WellStar Foundation to Host Starlight Grand Slam Gala at The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre

February 17, 2017

The WellStar Foundation will be the first to host a private fundraising event at The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre adjacent to SunTrust Park on April 23, at 6:00 p.m., benefiting WellStar trauma services.

This year’s event has been dubbed the WellStar Foundation Starlight Grand “Slam” Gala in honor of the ballpark surroundings. It will feature special SunTrust Park experiences and baseball themed entertainment, including an appearance by honorary co-chair Ryan Klesko, Atlanta Braves first baseman and 1995 World Series champion.

Klesko says, “As a Georgia resident and former Atlanta Brave, I am proud to be teaming up with WellStar, the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia. It’s exciting to be in SunTrust Park as the community rallies to improve trauma services for those suffering from life-threatening injuries.”

“We are very excited to partner with the Atlanta Braves offering our guests the opportunity to be among the first to experience the new ballpark,” said Penny Morrison-Ross, WellStar Foundation Executive Director. “The Gala is our biggest annual fundraising event and this year’s proceeds will go toward one of the most vital and immediate service areas – trauma. Our goal is to improve access to critical care for every member of our community when time matters most.”

WellStar hospitals serve more emergency patients than any other health system in the state of Georgia and provide trauma services at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and WellStar North Fulton Hospital. Additionally, Kennestone Hospital has the busiest emergency department in Georgia. Atlanta Medical Center and WellStar Cobb Hospital rank third and fourth respectively for highest volume emergency departments in Georgia.

Along with raising funds for WellStar trauma services, the Gala also honors the philanthropists, volunteers, physicians and clinicians who support WellStar’s mission of delivering world-class healthcare close to home.

Contact Kelli Moore for information on available sponsorship opportunities at 470-956-6673 or Additional event details can be found at

About the WellStar Foundation

For more than 30 years, the WellStar Foundation has been at the forefront of securing life-saving resources for the WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia. As a not-for profit, donations from individuals, businesses and community organizations are critical for WellStar to achieve 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 or call 770-956-GIVE (4483).

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