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Foundation Features Digest

Upcoming Events


Shepherd Center Society (SCS) is gearing up for another event-filled year.

The fifth annual Big Game Bash starts off the year on Sunday, Feb. 3. Always a big hit for SCS members, Big Game Bash serves as a membership drive, and friends are welcome to attend and find out more about the group. The party at the Bobby Jones Golf Clubhouse will include tailgate food, plenty of drinks and, of course, the Super Bowl game on a giant TV screen.

As SCS plans for 2013, it’s important to note the success of the 2012 events. The SCS Executive Committee worked hard to raise funds for Shepherd Center and to increase awareness for the hospital. Membership increased dramatically with SCS having more than 250 members in 2012.

Big Game Bash 2012 was enjoyed by more than 200 people and had 11 local restaurants contributing food for the event.

More than 500 guests enjoyed spectacular food and wine at Summer in the City 2012, the group’s marquee event.

The Tailgate was attended by 1,000 football fans and raised awareness for Shepherd Center.

Everyone enjoyed themselves at the Happy Hours that took place in local bars and restaurants every other month. The Happy Hours provided a great way to get to know about SCS. The socials increased membership and provided a good way for members to network and get to know each other.

Overall in 2012, Shepherd Center Society raised more than $50,000, which helps fund Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative. SHARE provides a continuum of rehabilitation care for soldiers who have sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving the United States on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. Funds for
SHARE are raised through SCS membership, donations, sponsorships, auction items and event ticket sales.

As 2013 begins, SCS is emerging as one of Atlanta’s top professional groups focusing on engagement, fundraising and having a good time for a great cause.

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Event Reports

2012 Legendary Party: “American Splendor” Celebrates Patriotism and Raises Funds for SHARE Military Initiative.

Another gorgeous Legendary Party evening proved successful! The “American Splendor”-themed ball, held on Nov. 3 at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, was attended by more than 550 guests dressed in their finest formal attire. The theme, chosen by Chairman Kay Quigley, celebrated the triumphs of our country, while appreciating our history and saluting the service and sacrifice of our military personnel.

The Legendary Party, Shepherd Center’s largest annual fundraising event, was founded in 1989 by Sally Tomlinson and has provided 24 years of dazzling evenings and exceptional fundraising efforts.

This past November, the patriotic evening started with cocktails amidst American flag artwork and elegant drapery provided by Tony Conway’s A Legendary Event. Walking into the ballroom was reminiscent of walking into a splendid state dinner at The White House. Tall silver candlesticks lit the room, and vases were filled with blue and white hydrangeas, all elegantly set against a gorgeous curtained backdrop.

And what can be more American than a jazz bar?

The Ritz-Carlton’s plaza ballroom was turned into a classic American nightclub where guests enjoyed Manhattans and cordials and danced to caberet and jazz music by Robert Ray.

A special surprise performance livened the evening as bugler U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Neverve and the Marietta Recruiting Company Color Guard led everyone into the ballroom with traditional military marches. As guests were seated, the voices of the Sons of Lafayette Male Choir filled the room. Everyone was awestruck as the choir sang “Amazing Grace” and the hymns of each branch of the U. S. military.

Guests dined in style on warm Maine lobster salad with beurre blanc and raspberry vinaigrette, caramelized veal with truffle celeriac mousseline, asparagus, and osso bucco sauce with gremolata. Dessert was a chocolate praline Napoleon with dark and white chocolate cream and raspberry sauce.

Shepherd Center President and CEO Gary Ulicny, Ph.D., thanked Kay for the outstanding vision and effort she put into planning this event and thanked Honorary Chairmen Lewis and Faye Manderson and Donald Peck Leslie, M.D., Shepherd Center’s medical director, for their faithful support of the hospital. Kay also thanked the Honorees for their commitment and, the Legendary Party Committee, as well as The Legendary Party’s Patrons and Sponsors, whose support raised money for Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative. After dinner, guests enjoyed dancing to the band Right On and playing popular casino games.

The Legendary Party 2012 raised more than $840,000 for Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative. Planning is already under way for The Legendary Party 2013. For information or to join the committee, contact Florina Newcomb at or 404-350-7302.

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Patron Party 2012 Guests Celebrate Southern Style

With Patron Party Chairman Sally Dorsey planning the entire affair, the 2012 Patron Party was nothing short of spectacular!

“Splendor in the Garden, Southern Style” reflected on the “American Splendor”-themed Legendary Party 2012 and gave guests a sneak peak at what the ball held in store. The beautiful home of John and Elaine Carlos was transformed into a gorgeous garden party.

More than 200 Patrons and Sponsors of The Legendary Party were greeted upon arrival by butlers in white serving jackets and were handed signature “Mint Julep” and “Sally’s Hard Lemonade” drinks.

Tony Conway of A Legendary Event made sure guests were treated to a true Southern feast. Linen hemstitch napkins were placed beside silver platters of Southern favorites, including chicken salad and pimento cheese sandwiches, maple-glazed ham biscuits with orange marmalade and pickled pepper shrimp with okra. As guests made their way to the garden, they sampled Southern fried chicken with cayenne-spiced honey with green beans and creamy macaroni and cheese, herb-marinated butcher’s tenderloin with blackberry wild rice, and bourbon-braised pork loin with apple horseradish cream and jalapeño corn bread. Of course, the dessert had to be as fantastic as the meal. Gourmet smores, peach cobbler shots, and red velvet cupcakes finished off a truly delicious meal.

Legendary Party Chairman Kay Quigley thanked the guests and introduced a surprise performance. Robert Ray and friends put on a fantastic Southern show, singing favorites like “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Eye on the Sparrow.”

Golf Tournament and Tee-off Party Raise Funds for Shepherd Center Patients

October’s Shepherd Center Cup and Tee-Off Party were a great success and raised more than $225,000 for the Shepherd Center Foundation’s Annual Fund. This event is a fall favorite, offering a cocktail party and auction, as well as a great tournament for serious and recreational golfers.

The Tee-Off Party was hosted by Buckhead residents Linda and Tom Morris in their lovely home. The Oct. 7 party was on a beautiful and cool Sunday evening, and guests were able to enjoy the party as they dined on Avenue Catering’s delicious crab and fried green tomato sliders and pulled pork wraps, while bidding on exciting live and silent auction items. Highlights of the auction were a turkey hunt in south Georgia, an all-inclusive trip to Tasmania, and an original painting of Lady Liberty by Steve Penley.

The tournament was held on Oct. 8 at Cherokee Country Club. Golfers enjoyed a delicious grilled lunch as they warmed up.

Before the shotgun start, golfers were treated to a special event hosted by Matt Kinney and Milton Williams of Critical Care MedFlight. PGA golfer Chris Kirk and PGA Coach of the Year Todd Anderson put on a swing clinic for the golfers. Critical Care MedFlight and Crown Sports Management work together as sponsors for Chris Kirk, as well as current Tour champion Brandt Snedeker. Todd Anderson is Brandt Snedeker’s coach and teacher, and Todd serves as the head teaching pro at Sea Island, Ga.

After Todd’s son, Tucker, sustained a brain injury in a car accident in September 2012, Critical Care MedFlight and Crown Sports Management worked together to bring Chris and Todd as part of a special experience at the tournament to help raise awareness for Shepherd Center and the rehabilitation expertise it provides.

All of the golfers enjoyed this special addition to the tournament, followed by a highly competitive round of golf. For this year’s Tee Gift, golfers had a choice between a new pair of Foot Joy shoes, Titleist Duffle bag or Foot Joy rain jacket. All enjoyed great round of golf for a great cause.

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.