Summer in the City

"Summer in the City" event generates over $54,000. Thank you supporters of Shepherd!

This year’s "Summer in the City" event generated over $54,000. Thank you supporters of Shepherd!

When you combine star-studded chefs, finely aged wines, dynamic people and a great cause, you experience an evening you’ll never forget. In its third year the event drew over 500 people at an entrance fee of $80 per ticket.

The original Summer in the City event built SCS membership and provided a casual wine and cheese party for Shepherd Center Society (SCS) members and non-members. While the event was a success, SCS, with help from its fundraising partner, National Distributing Company, decided to explore ways to enhance the experience for both attendees and Shepherd Center. In its second year, Summer in the City moved to the Greystone building in historic Piedmont Park in the form of a wine and food tasting event.

Co-chaired by SCS members Kelly Anne Smaha and Sai Reddy, the third year for Summer in the City event was an impressive event. Once again, held at Greystone in Piedmont Park, this year’s affair featured live music and paired a sophisticated selection of single-taste entrees – prepared by some of Atlanta’s most prestigious chefs – with complementary wines from event sponsor National Distributing Company and two craft spirit bars. A combination auction and drawing gave the evening an added twist. Many auction items related to the event’s fine food and wine theme.

The enhanced “Summer in the City” was a win-win for everyone, organizers said. Not only did attendees enjoy a wonderful evening filled with delicious food and wine, memorable auction items and new friends, but Shepherd Center increased its awareness among a wider audience, engaged potential volunteers and benefits from the opportunity to raise funds for its life-changing work.

Funds raised will go to the hospital’s SHARE Military Initiative, a program that provides a continuum of rehabilitation care for military personnel who have sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving the U.S. on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Companies and individuals sponsored the event at levels ranging from $500 to $25,000, with those at the top sponsorship levels given exclusive access to a special, pre-event VIP reception.

With the delectable food and wine pairings, the combined auction/drawing and the meaningful cause, this year’s Summer in the City event is on its way to becoming a popular annual event. “I think people will miss out on an extraordinary event if they don’t come each year, especially since we’ve partnered with such an exciting business like National Distributing Company, which can do so much to make the event successful,” says event Co-Chairman Kelley Anne Smaha.

For more information about sponsorships or tickets for the 2013 Summer in the City event scheduled for July 17th, visit www.scs-atl.com or contact Florina Newcomb at 404-350-7302 or at Florina_Newcomb@Shepherd.org is on its way to becoming a popular annual event. “I think people will miss out on an extraordinary event if they don’t come each year, especially since we’ve partnered with such an exciting business like National Distributing Company, which can do so much to make the event successful,” says event co-chairman Alden Potts.