JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The second annual Falls of Autrey Mill Tennis Pro-Am and Casino Night Oct. 20-22 raised more than $30,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The donations will help free children and adults from the scourge of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility.
The hard work and dedication from co-chairs Beth Seiden and Diana Burger, Property Manager Wendy Green and their volunteers paid off as they surpassed their total by $5,000 from last year.
More than 150 residents, business people, community and civic leaders as well as local MDA family members attended the event hosted by The Falls of Autry Mill community.
Guests enjoyed a Great Gatsby-themed night complete with casino games, silent auctions, great food and entertainment.
These events raise critical funds as well as creating awareness to find needed treatments and cures for families in the Greater Atlanta area with muscle-debilitating diseases.
“We want to thank our title sponsor, AT&T, and all of our generous local sponsors,” said MDA fundraising coordinator Nikki Knight.
These included Bentley Atlanta, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Dr. Roof, Marine Max among others.
“Our Circle of Strength Patron Michael Eaton deserves special thanks for his incredible generosity. And this event wouldn’t have been as successful without the community’s willingness to get involved and help local kids and adults live longer and grow stronger,” said Knight.
Kyle Eggleston, who has been diagnosed with Duchene muscular dystrophy, a genetic form of MD, was the guest of honor for the second year in a row.
Kyle, along with his family, put a face to the MDA Mission and won the hearts of every attendee, Knight said.
During his speech Kyle expressed his thanks and gratitude at the outpouring of support from the local community and conveyed how important their support is to them and other families like them.
Kyle also described some of his favorite things, including football and MDA Summer Camp.
The $30,000 donation will go to support more than 2,000 individuals and families throughout the Greater Atlanta Area.
That support includes life-enhancing resources and services that open new possibilities for independence so they can experience the world without limits.
Contributions also help MDA’s efforts to fund research and programs, support groups and more than 150 MDA Care Centers across the country, such as the MDA Care Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory.
They also help send more than 100 local children to MDA’s summer camp for “the best week of the year” at no cost to the families at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Ga.
For information about MDA’s services, contact the Atlanta MDA office at 770-621-9800.