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Atlanta's Own Jeff Foxworthy to Perform at 4th Annual Hearts and Hands Gala on October 6

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Atlanta's Own Jeff Foxworthy to Perform at 4th Annual Hearts and Hands Gala on October 611:43 EDT Thursday, August 02, 2012 ATLANTA (Business Wire) -- Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities' (ARMHC) 4th annual Hearts and Hands Gala will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 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 comedian Jeff Foxworthy.ATLANTA, Aug. 2, 2012 -- Members of the committee for the 4th Annual Hearts and Hands Gala gathered at The Coca-Cola Company headquarters: Pictured from Back Left: Jeff and Jacquie Wansley, Patron Co-Chairs; Elizabeth and Bart Gobeil, Patron Co-Chairs; David Chandley, Event Host and WSB-TV Meteorologist; Javier Goizueta, Event Chair and Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company and President of The McDonald's Division Worldwide and Melissa Murphy, Auction Chair. Photo Credit: Spark St. Jude 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. “No child should ever have to fight a life-threatening illness without the love and support of their family nearby. The Ronald McDonald House is all about keeping families together and it's a cause that's very dear to us at The Coca-Cola Company,” says Javier Goizueta. Proceeds from the Hearts and Hands Gala will support the operations of Atlanta's two Ronald McDonald Houses. "With so many families facing financial hardships – especially those also dealing with the uncertainty of a child's illness – the safe haven provided by the Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses is more important than ever,” says Linda M. Morris, President/CEO of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. This year, Atlanta's two Ronald McDonald Houses will provide temporary housing and support service to more than 2,000 families of critically ill and injured children. In 33 years, the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities have served more than 40,000 families. For more information about the event, please visit http://www.armhc.org/gala.html. About Jeff Foxworthy Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. He is the largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee and best selling author of more than 26 books. Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain's. Foxworthy will be hosting “The American Bible Challenge” for GSN, a studio-based game show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. The show is set to premiere this August. 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 four Southeast Emmy Awards and 15 nominations. David has also received the Associated Press Best Weather Reporting Award 11 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 15 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 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 700,000 system employees. For more information, please visit www.thecoca-colacompany.com or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo. About Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (ARMHC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization ARMHC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to serving the needs of children by providing temporary housing and support services to families of critically ill and injured children being treated at local children's hospitals. The two Atlanta Houses have provided a home away from home to more than 40,000 families of ill and injured children since the first Atlanta House opened in 1979. 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. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50365079&lang=en Atlanta Ronald McDonald House CharitiesCarrie A. Bowden, 01.678.704.8085carrie.bowden@armhc.org