Monthly Archives: October 2014

Cox Bikes for MS

Last month we happily packed up our gear and headed for scenic Pine Mountain for our 7th year covering the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride. Donations raised through the 2-day ride support the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, whose programs, services and research make a huge difference to those fighting the devastating effects of MS.

This year’s event returned to the beautiful Callaway Gardens. Riders got to choose from three different scenic routes covering 30, 60 or 100 miles of scenic South Georgia roads.

Once the kick stands were down for the night, cyclists enjoyed great food, music, games and a massage tent. Entertainment was provided by indie rock band Iambic Underground and Grose, Worrell & Callahan.

None of this would be possible without generous corporate partners. Cox Enterprises showed their ongoing support by serving as the event’s Title sponsor. Sponsors KPMG, Coca-Cola, UPS, MS One to One, Genzyme, Callaway Blue Spring Water and Lockheed Martin were all instrumental in making this year’s ride possible as well.

We’re always honored to photograph the many amazing riders and volunteers who dedicate time and money to achieving the The National Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s vision: a world free of MS. Thank you, Tyrene Hodge, for including us again!

CHOA Circle of Care

Last month we had the pleasure of covering the 2014 Circle of Care Celebration held by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The event honored the contributions of nearly 450 donors.

Tommy Holder, Chairman of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, and his wife, Beth, graciously opened their beautiful Atlanta home to CHOA guests.

Foundation donors fund programs that take care of kids in many nontraditional ways. Music and art therapy, and even therapy dogs, make a stressful hospital experience a bit less frightening. Insurance doesn’t typically pay for these sources of comfort, so the personal donations of Circle of Care members are critical to keeping the programs alive.

We helped welcome two of Children’s own music therapists, Beth Collier and Cori Snyder, as well as patients Drew Kelly and Jacob Moore for a wonderful performance of The Beatles’ classic song “Here Comes the Sun.”

Jonathan Goldman, Chairman of the CHOA Board of Trustees, and Donna Hyland, Children’s President and CEO, reported on the remarkable growth of the Circle of Care and the many initiatives donations have helped support. They asked guests to connect with potential new members and help widen the Circle of Care even further.

We are proud to call CHOA “our” children’s hospital, which was ranked among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report this year. Many of us on the AEP team have kids, and we’re grateful as parents to know that CHOA is there. We are also grateful for the many guests we photographed who combine joyful spirits with incredible generosity.

Kudos to event designer and caterer, Legendary Events, on a gorgeous and delicious outcome!


B King’s Audio Visual Services also ensured professional quality presentations. Thank you to Katie Hammett at Children’s for including us in a beautifully coordinated event that we hope will quickly expand the Circle of Care.

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