5th Annual Hearts and Hand Gala October 5

  5th Annual Hearts and Hand Gala October 5

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- August 8, 2013

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities’ (ARMHC) 5^th annual Hearts and Hands
Gala will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Georgia Aquarium. The
event, which will be hosted by WSB-TV’s David Chandley, will feature live and
silent auctions and a performance by triple-threat Broadway star Megan Hilty.

Photo Credit: Andy Brophy, ONENINE Images Pictured left to right back row:
David & Melissa Lerner, H ...

Photo Credit: Andy Brophy, ONENINE Images Pictured left to right back row:
David & Melissa Lerner, Host Co-Chairs, David Chandley, WSB-TV Meteorologist
and Emcee of the Hearts and Hands Gala, Erin & Dan Shmalo, Host Co-Chairs and
Kristen Willimon, Patron Co-Chair. Left to right front row: Jeff Wansley,
Chairman of ARMHC Board of Directors and Javier Goizueta, Vice President, The
Coca-Cola Company President, McDonald's Division Worldwide and Event Chair

The Coca-Cola Company is the event’s presenting sponsor with Javier Goizueta,
Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company and President of the McDonald’s
Division Worldwide, serving as Event Chair and Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO
of The Coca-Cola Company, as Honorary Chair.

“The ARMHC Hearts and Hands Gala has grown to be one of the premiere events in
Atlanta, and is crucial in raising annual operating funds for this great
charity,” said Javier Goizueta. “We at The Coca-Cola Company are proud to be
actively involved in the over 300 global Ronald McDonald Houses through
ongoing support, sponsorship and volunteerism. As the need provided by the two
Houses here in Atlanta continues to grow each year, we know that every bit of
help we give will truly make a difference with the children and families they
serve, and in our local communities.”

"Hundreds of unique stories of hope and healing come through our Ronald
McDonald Houses each year and the proceeds from this annual event are critical
in providing a home-away-from-home for these hurting families,” said Jeff T.
Wansley, Chairman of the of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities Board of
Directors.

A special tribute to honor the life and legacy of Linda Morris, ARMHC’s
President/CEO, will be presented at this year’s Hearts and Hands Gala. Linda
passed away in April due to complications from breast cancer.

Atlanta’s two Ronald McDonald Houses will provide temporary housing and
support service to nearly 2,000 families of ill and injured children this
year. The two Atlanta Houses have provided a home away from home to more than
42,000 families of ill and injured children since the first Atlanta House
opened in 1979.

About Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty starred as the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical
drama “Smash.” She was recently signed to Sony Music in a partnership between
Sony Masterworks and Columbia Records and her new album, “It Happens All The
Time,” was released in March. It includes fresh interpretations of
compositions by contemporary songwriters and producers.

Hilty was previously seen as Lorelei Lee, the diamond-loving blonde made
famous by Carol Channing, in the Encores! production of “Gentlemen Prefer
Blondes,” to which she earned rave reviews. Additionally, her voice was
featured as Rosetta in Disney's “Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings.” She’s
previously recorded vocals in Disney's "The Secret Life of Magic Gourd,"
"Phineas & Ferb," "Glenn Martin DDS," "American Dad," “Tinker Bell and the
Pixie Hollow Games,” “Robot & Monster” as well as singing as Snow White in the
film "Shrek the Third." Hilty recently wrapped production on Summertime
Entertainment's animated film "Dorothy of Oz" with Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy
and Lea Michele, slated for release in 2013. She can also be heard alongside
Placido Domingo on the opera star’s duet album.

A native of Seattle, Hilty moved to New York City after graduating from the
prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, and quickly made her Broadway debut as
Glinda in “Wicked.” She went on to perform the role in both the national tour
and in Los Angeles.

Upcoming she will be starring opposite Sean Hayes on NBC's new half hour
sitcom called "Sean Saves the World.”

About David Chandley

David Chandley, AMS certified meteorologist, appears on Channel 2 Action News
at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is involved in team coverage whenever
severe weather breaks. He joined the Action News team in November 1988.

A graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in broadcast journalism,
he also completed the broadcast meteorology program at Mississippi State
University. David holds the CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist)
designation from the American Meteorological Society. This is the highest mark
of distinction and recognition available in broadcast meteorology.

David's broadcast career has been all over Georgia, with stops in Albany,
Macon and Columbus. He has been honored with numerous awards, including five
Southeast Emmy Awards and 16 nominations. David has also received the
Associated Press Best Weather Reporting Award 12 times, most recently in 2012.

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company,
refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by
Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features
16 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero,
vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally,
we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and
juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution
system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of
more than 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building
sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our
environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe,
inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic
development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling
partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than
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About Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (ARMHC) is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of children by
providing temporary housing and support services to families of ill and
injured children being treated at local children’s hospitals.

At the Ronald McDonald House, families can enjoy many of the comforts of home,
receive nutritious meals prepared and served by volunteers and obtain
emotional support through contact with other families experiencing similar
situations. No family is turned away if they cannot afford the small $20
requested contribution and many of these families stay at the Ronald McDonald
House for weeks, and sometimes months, while their children receive medical
treatment.

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Contact:

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities
Carrie A. Bowden, 678-704-8085
 
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