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Art and Soul fundraiser raises $65,000

Proceeds benefit Georgia Transplant Foundation

Event organizer Manuela Myrich, left, and Georgia Transplant Executive Director Pat Rotchford, right, at the fundraising event. CAITLIN WAGENSEIL/Staff. (click for larger version)
November 19, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. – The sixth annual Art and Soul event benefiting the Georgia Transplant Foundation was held on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Gardens at Great Oaks in Roswell.

The fundraiser, complete with a live auction and raffle, featured more than 50 pieces of original artwork up for auction and raised about $65,000 that will all go toward the foundation.

Guests had the opportunity to meet with local artists while they perused through a ballroom lined with unique paintings, jewelry and sculptures.

"It's events like this that keep the foundation's doors open," said Pat Rotchford, executive director of the Georgia Transplant Foundation. "It helps so many people."

Transplant recipients who were helped by the foundation spoke to all those in attendance.

One of those recipients, Linda Couch, lost both her mother and sister to heart disease. Couch had heart failure while giving birth and now has a healthy heart after receiving a lifesaving transplant 14 years ago. She told her story and thanked the foundation for all it has done for her.

"I feel very fortunate to have my heart," Couch said. "The foundation does a great job, and the people there are such great individuals. They really are there to help all of us that have been through a transplant – before, during and after."

The Georgia Transplant Foundation provides financial, educational and emotional support for organ transplant candidates and recipients that reside in the state of Georgia.

For more information on the foundation and its services, visit www.gatransplant.org.

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