“I always love the party and the energy it generates,” says ALHI Executive Director Linda Ellis. “Though I’m not a dancer myself, I’m particularly excited about the addition of the ‘dance floor under the stars’ that we’ll add to the Einstein’s patio. It’ll be a wonderful sight.”

The event includes food, drinks, socializing, music from Kristin Hope Justice, a silent auction and a raffle featuring prizes including an iPad and a Wii fitness system.

Last year’s garden party netted just over $30,000 for ALHI, and with a crowd of about 350 expected, organizers hope this year’s event will do the same, Ellis says. Funds will support all ALHI programs, including the Health Fund, which pays for health screenings and medical care for people who are unisured or underinsured.

“As our signature annual event, the Garden Party is our primary source of unrestricted income, so it goes a long way toward keeping the lights on,” Ellis says.

The Garden Party also features the presentation of ALHI’s Healing Angel Award, with this year goes to Dr. Jason Schneider. He is a physician at Grady Hospital, an assistant professor at Emory’s medical school, and past president of the Gay & Lesbian Medial Association. He is a longtime supporter of ALHI, and Ellis says they will be working together to provide LGBT-competency training to area hospitals.

“I’ve always relied on the Health Initiative as the most comprehensive repository for LGBT-friendly providers in Georgia. ALHI provides resources for the everyday health needs of lesbians in a way that is safe and inclusive. And having the Health Fund to connect underinsured and uninsured women with providers and to help them navigate the system is critical,” Schneider says. “I am very excited about the Health Initiative’s interest in serving the entire community.”

Tickets to the Garden Party are $50. Raffle tickets are $20.

ALHI Fall Garden Party
Sunday, Oct. 3, 4-8 p.m.
Einstein’s
1077 Juniper St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
www.thehealthinitiative.org

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