By Sonia Winfield, senior associate, Carter
ATLANTA (May 31, 2011) – Last week, a group of women working in the commercial real estate industry got together to raise money for the Dana G. Smith Cancer Assistance Fund. Dana, a former Carter employee, lost her battle to cancer in 2006. She was a close friend to many of us and nearly five years later, we continue to raise money for the fund Dana initiated as a means to assist those fighting cancer.
The Atlantic, located in Atlantic Station, hosted the site for the fundraiser entitled, “Bunco with a View.” All of the event proceeds benefited the fund. Held on the fifth floor club level, attendees enjoyed a spectacular view of the Atlanta skyline. Those of us who knew Dana agreed that she would have truly enjoyed the evening. Some of the attendees posing below include representatives from CoStar, Cushman & Wakefield, Jackson Oats Shaw, Jones Lang LaSalle, NAIOP, PartnersAtlanta, Pope & Land and Regent Partners.
Our small group is currently selling notecards and t-shirts to benefit the fund and has also organized other fundraising events, including last year’s Wine and Whiskey at Sovereign. The fund continues to receive tremendous support from the community and, in 2010 alone, raised $64,000 to help those who are struggling to pay their day-to-day bills due to their ongoing fight against cancer.
About the Dana G. Smith Fund
The Dana G. Smith Fund was created in March 2006 to assist those in their fight against cancer. Oftentimes, because of poor insurance coverage, missed work, multiple co-pays, doctor visits and travel, those battling cancer find themselves unable to pay basic bills such as rent and utilities. To date, the DGS fund, operating under the auspice of the Piedmont Hospital Foundation, has been diverse in its ability to assist those in need. It has helped with mortgage payments, rent and utilities. It has repaired vehicles for patients enabling them to transport themselves to treatment, paid COBRA insurance premiums and dental care required needed because of side effects of chemotherapy. With help from those touched by Dana, her story and her cause, the fund has lifted weight off shoulders, elevated spirits and lengthened lives. You can donate to the cause by visiting the fund’s website at http://www.danagsmithfund.org