Tanner Medical Foundation’s annual Magnolia Ball originated in 1991 to benefit Tanner Health System’s non-profit regional healthcare system. Since then, each black-tie ball has had a unique theme and consisted of an elegant catered dinner, live music, dancing, a live and silent auction and more.
The 2014 Magnolia Ball
The rich history and timeless tradition of the first jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown is the inspiration for the 2014 Magnolia Ball "Kentucky Derby." The 24th annual Magnolia Ball will be held Saturday, April 26 on the grounds of the Richards’ family estate and will feature an auction, dinner and dancing.
Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit a 30-bed expansion of the child and adolescent unit at Willowbrooke at Tanner. The facility’s current 12-bed unit often operates at capacity, and it is the only inpatient pediatric behavioral health and substance abuse program in 19 counties authorized and willing to accept pediatric patients covered by traditional Medicaid.
Mrs. Jackie Carden is the honorary chair of the 2014 Magnolia Ball, with Mrs. Annette Jones and Mrs. Nichole Pezold serving as the 2014 Magnolia Ball Co-Chairs. The Executive Committee also includes Mr. Jim Gill as Sponsorship Vice-Chair, Auction Vice-Chairs Leanna Schulenburg and Erica Tisinger, and Decorations Vice-Chairs Susan Martin and Tina Reid.
- More than 650 guests regularly attend this annual fundraising gala, which has become a celebrated tradition in west Georgia.
- More than 200 volunteers work together to present the annual Magnolia Ball, assisting with every detail from invitations to auction preparations and decorations.
- More than 350 individuals and organizations support the ball through sponsorships, cash donations, donated auction items and in-kind services.
Proceeds from that first Magnolia Ball in 1991 assisted with the purchase of equipment for Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton’s cardiac catheterization lab. Since then, each Magnolia Ball has raised important and much-needed funds that have been used to upgrade or expand many of Tanner’s services and to purchase important high-tech equipment. The 2013 Magnolia Ball raised almost $500,000 to help fund a new comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation unit at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton. The new rehabilitation unit will guide patients on their journey back from stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries, cardiac complications, multiple sclerosis and other conditions requiring them to re-learn how to perform everyday tasks.
The 2012 Magnolia Ball "Moonlight at Tiffany's" marked the third consecutive year of raising funds for the construction of an emergency department and surgical services expansion at Tanner Medical
Center/Carrollton. Learn more about Previous Magnolia Balls.
For information regarding sponsorship, ticket availability or auction item donations for the 2014 Magnolia Ball, please call Tanner Medical Foundation at 770.812.GIFT (770-812-4438).
Read the latest about the 2014 Magnolia Ball in the 2014 Maggie Bee - Issue 2.