Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Top Hollywood Celebrities to Attend and Perform at Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities Second Hearts and Hands Gala November 6th

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) announces its Hearts and Hands Gala at 7pm on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Georgia Aquarium. Atlanta’s own Ryan Seacrest will serve as emcee of the black tie dinner, which will feature live and silent auctions and a performance by platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw. The Coca-Cola Company is the event’s presenting sponsor. The Event Chair is Javier Goizueta, Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company and President of the McDonald’s Division Worldwide. Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company is Honorary Chair.

Last year’s inaugural Hearts and Hands Gala was sold out, and while it is also expected that this year’s event will sell out, a few seats remain.

“The Coca-Cola Company has been a long-standing supporter of ARMHC, and we were delighted by the positive response we received from Atlanta’s corporate and philanthropic communities for this event in its inaugural year,” said Javier Goizueta. “We expect this year’s event to be even more successful in raising funds to support local families in need.”

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,” said Linda M. Morris, President/CEO of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Increased demand led to the expansion of the local Ronald McDonald House programs. In 2008, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities opened a new state-of-the-art 50-bedroom $15.7 million Ronald McDonald House near Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to meet the growing need. An 11-bedroom Ronald McDonald House on Peachtree Dunwoody Road continues to operate at full capacity to serve families of children receiving medical treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Combined, the two local Houses serve more than 2,000 families a year.

Seacrest is returning to his hometown for the weekend of November 5 - 6 in support of two prominent children’s causes --- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities and to raise awareness for his newly launched Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF).

Seacrest created the non-profit to bring unique and interactive programs to help enlighten, entertain and educate children through the creative realms of radio and television during their 2 hospital stay. The first initiative of RSF is a broadcast media center, THE VOICEsm, which will be located in the lobby of Children’s at Egleston and will also be linked to Children’s at Hughes Spalding and Children’s at Scottish Rite.

For more information on the Hearts and Hands Gala ticket availability, please contact Shannon Courtney at (678) 704-8086.

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