Without hardworking volunteers, generous patrons and dedicated leadership, this wonderful evening would not have been possible: a night of networking highlighted by the latest technology, beautiful works of art and delicious food, all for a worthy cause.
About 140 Council members and guests attended the December 3 event at the spectacular home of Mike Kohlsdorf and Shelly Justice to learn about Junior Achievement, participate in an exclusive silent auction and enjoy dinner and cocktails with Atlanta’s business leaders.
While a few lucky guests walked away with original artwork by Steve Penley, a weekend lease on a Ferrari and a night at the Ritz, everyone present gained a better understanding of the important work being done by Junior Achievement. Their programs teach students the importance of financial literacy, leadership, and basic business skills, explained Jack Harris, president of JA.
A former participant in JA, Kent Kelley, talked about being a student in the program: “As a CFO now, I can look back at Junior Achievement and point to that experience as my first exposure to business leadership.”
By evening’s end, the Atlanta CEO Council raised more than $30,000 for Junior Achievement and its new BizTown/Finance Park project and created invaluable relationships between the JA organization and top Atlanta technology executives.
Council member Mike Kohlsdorf took a few minutes to explain his motivation for hosting the event. “The Atlanta CEO Council is a great organization that really contributes to the business and entrepreneurial environment in Atlanta, which is why I choose to participate in and support the organization.”