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January 8, 2013

Skyland Trail’s Benefits of Laughter 2012

Charity, political elections and comic relief collide

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Laughter is the best medicine at this sold-out charity event to benefit Skyland Trails

Mary Johnson, Mark Tipton, Hilton Howell Mary Johnson, Mark Tipton, Hilton Howell

The VIPs

Co-chairs Mary Johnson and Robin Howell; Corporate Chair Mark Tipton; Skyland Trail President Beth Finnerty; Georgia West Mental Health Foundation Chairman Mark West; Honorary Chairs Carol and Bill Fox


The Venue

The Astor Ballroom of the St. Regis Atlanta


Party Notes

A sold-out audience of over 650 supporters enjoyed cocktails, dinner and the acclaimed, non-partisan political satire and musical renditions of Capitol Steps, which was very apropos during the presidential campaign season. Among the crowd: Ray and Helen Weeks, Michelle Sullivan, Stan and Melanie Benecki, Mary and Neil Johnson, Diana and Mark Tipton, Robin and Hilton Howell, Carolyn Carr and Michael Gibson, Ashley Preisinger, Mary and John Brock, Beth Inman, Gary and Doni Rhinehart , Sarah Kennedy, Lisa Borders, Caroline and Jeff Tucker, Melissa and Phillip Babb, Chris and Elizabeth Willett.



J. B Fuqa Foundation, The St. Regis Atlanta, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Intercontinental Exchange, Mary and John Brock, Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Duvall and Rex Fuqua, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Georgia Commerce Bank, Harbert Management Corporation, Leigh and Larry Connolly, First Beacon Investments, The Hugh M. Inman Foundation, Piedmont Healthcare.


The Cause

Proceeds from the evening benefitted the metal health facility Skyland Trails. For more info visit




Guests including Stan and Melanie Benecki and Mary and John Brock. Guests including Stan and Melanie Benecki and Mary and John Brock.

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