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December 14, 2012

Best Cellars Dinner 2012

Kyle MacLachlan, Robin Meade, Kristian Bush, Dr. J, & more supported this stellar music + wine benefit

  • Photos by Kim Link

Stars of music, entertainment and sports came out for the Best Cellars Dinner to benefit Winship Cancer Institute and T.J. Martell Foundation.

The VIPs

Desiree Gruber, Beatriz Perez, Kyle MacLachlan Desiree Gruber, Beatriz Perez, Kyle MacLachlan

The VIPs

Co-Chairs Bill Torres, Don Perry, and Marie-Louise Krichner; Honorary Chair Joel Katz; T. J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly,  American Idol performers Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, special celeb guests including actor Kyle MacLachlan, Headline News’ Robin Meade, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, Julius “Dr. J” Erving


The Venue

The InterContinental Hotel Buckhead


Robin Meade Robin Meade

Party Notes

Over 400 guests enjoyed a champagne reception and multi-course gourmet dinner by Southern Art chef/owner Art Smith and executive chef Anthony Gray, accompanied by an array of grand cru vintages from private cellars. Luxury auction items included signed guitars, rare vintages and other items to fit the night’s theme of wine and music. Guests also enjoyed performances by past American Idol stars Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young. Among the crowd of business, musical and entertainment heavies:  Frank Ski, Alex Hodges (the former agent for bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Police), vocal coach to the stars Jan Smith, Sir Elton John’s American manager Jon Howard, Michele Caplinger, Jack Sawyer, Michael Taormina,



Lead sponsors included Greenberg Traurig, Polay Financial Management, Wilmington Trust, and The Coca-Cola Company


The Cause

The Best Cellars Dinner benefits Atlanta’s own Winship Cancer Institute and the T.J. Martell Foundation for research to cure leukemia, cancer and AIDS. For more info visit:  and


Joel and Kane Katz, Bill Torres and Jack Sawyer Joel and Kane Katz, Bill Torres and Jack Sawyer

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