Children's Museum of Atlanta Supporters Help Achieve More than $1 Million in Total Donations

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Thursday, May 30th, 2024

Children’s Museum of Atlanta advocates assembled at The Eastern in Reynoldstown on March 23 for its third magical Imagination Ball presented by Georgia Natural Gas. The benefit, born in 2022 as an evolution of the Museum’s 16-year fundraising event A'museum, celebrates the city's only children’s museum while raising funds to support the Museum's mission to transform the world's imagination and learning through the power of play. After three years of this spectacular event, the Museum has reached over $1 million in donations. This year’s evening, chaired by Museum board members Andrew Chang and Dr. DeRetta Rhodes, honored Brenda Reid, Community Relations Manager for Publix Super Markets’ Atlanta division and an alumna of Clark Atlanta University, with the Power of Play Award. 
“We are deeply grateful for the unwavering support and incredible generosity of our dedicated supporters and donors. In three short years since Imagination Ball was introduced, their contributions have been instrumental in raising over $1 million to further the Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s mission and work in the community,” said Edwin Link, Executive Director for the Museum. “This significant funding will continue to empower the Museum’s mission to provide educational opportunities for young, growing minds throughout Atlanta, harnessing the transformative power of play.”
The adults-only wonderland immersed guests in rediscovering the power of imagination, fantasy, storytelling and childhood. Festivities included captivating performances and interactive experiences while guests indulged in hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. This year’s annual charity event also featured a seated dinner and live auction with prizes including a three-night Napa Valley trip for two, two tickets to the 2024 U.S. Open, and a Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience for two, all helping contribute to the more than $1 million raised over the last three years. 
All proceeds raised from Imagination Ball directly support the Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s early childhood educational programming in the museum and through community outreach, which impacts the lives of more than 200,000 children and families annually.