Friday, November 5, 2010

JoannaCare Gala - November 4th, 2010

On May 3, 2008 I had the honor of creating the wedding cake for Joanna Reid and Evan Gottschalk. Their wedding and reception was held at Park Tavern's Garden Tent.

Joanna is now a twenty-four year old young woman. She struggles with the effects of several neurological conditions, a connective tissue disorder, and an immune system deficiency. After over forty surgeries and the majority of the past year in the hospital, she struggles daily with the knowledge that at some point her medical bills could bankrupt her family. While Joanna's medical situation is very unique, her struggle with medical insurance and large hospital bills is not.

A group of individuals who love Joanna recognized the urgency of the situation and decided to plan some fundraisers to defray the cost of Joanna’s health care for the time she would be without insurance. However, the more they researched the more they realized that something bigger was needed. Joanna wanted to carry this mission much further than herself, and thus, JoannaCare, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization was created.

I had the distinct privilege of having been asked to create the cake for the JoannaCare Gala which was held Thursday, November 4th at Park Tavern's Garden Tent. I'll post professional pics as soon as I can, but until then my photo will do.

I worked with some of the finest vendors out there .... Shannon Wright of Photography by Shannon (; Ally Haggerty of Unforgettable Soirees (; Carla Duncan of On Occasions of Atlanta ( to name a few. Together I hope we provided Joanna and approximately 200 guests a memorable evening.

If you would like to read more about Joanna, watch her Documentary (which aired last month here in Atlanta), or would like to donate to JoannaCare (and it's tax deductible) ..... visit ! Thank you.

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