By Sarah Ellis, Owner & Managing Principal of American Sun Control – Commercial Division
As the parents of two small children, my husband and I were excited for the opportunity to have an evening out. Our story started five years ago when we met, volunteering for another gala at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead. The rest is history and so, when we decided to attend the 35th anniversary CREW Atlanta Gala to benefit the Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) and the new CREW Atlanta scholarship, it was a no-brainer as to where we would stay.
Our evening started at the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead, where we were able to take our time primping for the evening ahead that was complete with a cup of coffee, soaking in the Japanese-style tub in our room, and a quick nap (you sleep whenever you can in this season of life). We enjoyed a short Uber ride to Flourish and were greeted by two stunning ladies in flapper dresses. Once we posed for a quick picture, we were off to find my other CREW leadership sisters for some drinks and laughs.
During the pre-dinner reception, we enjoyed butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and an open bar with just about anything your heart could desire. We were surrounded by beautiful décor and rows of generous donations to the silent auction, which made CREW history with its $36,009 raised! And we gave 75% to the AWF, with the balance going toward the CREW Atlanta/Diane Cox Scholarship Fund.
Then came the grand reveal to the dining room for the program and dinner. Each table had been decorated with huge centerpieces. We loved hearing the stories about all the women who had been lifted up and supported by CREW and the AWF. Dinner was delicious, with a delicate salad & chicken entrée. But the real show-stopper was the dessert! It was divine, and they were so kind to bring another serving to anyone who asked for it.
The band that played music after dinner was really great and everyone seemed to be having as wonderful a time as we were. When the night was over, we fell into bed with smiles on our faces from a wonderful evening spent with people we both love and respect.
One request for the future is that more of our friends and CREW Members join us next year, so you can enjoy the Gala yourselves as we were so fortunate to do.
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