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Foundation Features Digest

Upcoming Events

Derby Day Set for May 5

Mark your calendars for Shepherd Center’s Derby Day scheduled for May 5, 2012. This year marks a special year for the Junior Committee and Derby Day, which has been an annual tradition for 30 years.

Derby Day has become Atlanta’s largest Kentucky Derby-themed fundraising event. The Shepherd Center Junior Committee is excited to be returning to the sprawling, 1,400-acre Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Ga., which is about 28 miles from downtown Atlanta. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend this year’s event.

For information on how to become a sponsor for Derby Day 2012, or for ticket information, contact Cara Puckett at 404-350-7778 or Or, visit us at

Summer in the City Planned for July 18

Shepherd Center Society’s second annual Summer in the City wine and food-tasting event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 18, 2012 at Greystone, Piedmont Park Conservancy in Atlanta.

Atlanta’s most talented chefs from the city’s finest restaurants will offer their finest fare expertly paired with fine wines from around the world.

For more information, visit

Volunteers to be Honored April 9-13

Shepherd Center will celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week from April 9-13, 2012. This dedicated time gives the hospital an opportunity to say a special “thank you” to the volunteers who give their time to support Shepherd Center’s patients, families and staff. The highlight of the week is the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held on April 12. For more information, contact Alex Seblatnigg in the Volunteer Services Department at 404-350-7316 or

Adventure Skills Workshop to Be Held May 18-20

Registration is open for the Shepherd Center Therapeutic Recreation Department’s annual Adventure Skills Workshop (ASW) scheduled for May 18-20, 2012 at Lake Martin in Jackson’s Gap, Ala.

The three-day, nationally recognized outdoor workshop offers adaptive waterskiing, scuba diving, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, four-wheeling, target shooting, wall climbing and other activities for people with disabilities ages 15 and up.

For more information, call 404-350-7793 or 404-350-7375 or visit

Rotary Roll Set for May 5

The Rotary Roll, which is part of the Chamblee 5K Fun Run in metro Atlanta, is scheduled for 8 a.m. May 5, 2012. The event is a fundraiser for Shepherd Center.

The event allows people in manual and power wheelchairs to participate. Wheelers follow a unique route that starts at the EPPS Hangar at Peachtree DeKalb Airport. They roll up the taxiway and down the main runway.

Register at For more information, call the Chamblee Parks & Recreation Department at 770-986-5016.

Event Reports

Legendary Party Kickoff Luncheon Held Feb. 23

This year’s Legendary Party Kickoff Luncheon – the venue where ball chairmen announce their theme and introduce their vision of the event to the committee – took on a patriotic feel.

Held at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead on Feb. 23, 2012, the Kickoff Luncheon was well attended by The Legendary Party Committee and past Legendary Chairs and Honorees, who were thrilled to hear that this year’s theme will let our country take center stage.

Kay Quigley, Legendary Party 2012 Chairman, announced that “American Splendor” will be the theme to what promises to be a most remarkable Legendary evening on Nov. 3, 2012 at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead.

For information about The Legendary Party, please contact Florina Newcomb at (404) 350-7302 or Or, visit

Bright Lights, Big Hearts Draws a Crowd in Nashville

The recently formed Shepherd Center Society-Nashville (SCS) held its first fundraising event, Bright Lights, Big Hearts, on Dec. 10, 2011 in Nashville. More than 80 people sipped cocktails and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres catered by Chefs Market at the event held at Ocean Way Studios at Belmont University. Performers included Nashville songwriters Trent Jeffcoat and Barry Dean, both of whom have had personal experiences with Shepherd Center.

The event raised awareness for Beyond Therapy®, an aggressive, activity-based therapy program designed to help people with neurological disorders achieve the highest level of function. The program started at Shepherd Center in Atlanta and has expanded to include a satellite facility in Franklin, Tenn., just south of Nashville.

For more information on Shepherd Center Society, see For more information on Beyond Therapy®, see

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.