AVLF Serves Up Fab Fare, Signature Wines and Goodwill


Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation hosts its 27th Annual Winetasting

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s annual Winetasting serves as a celebration of giving, to honor the 1000+ friends of AVLF for their commitment to pro bono legal service. Now in its 27th year, the event is one of the biggest nights of the year for Atlanta’s legal community and kick-off to the holiday season.

On the Sunday before the event, top supporters gathered at the home of John Chandler and Beth Tanis for AVLF’s Presidents Dinner. This annual occasion, recognizes all former AVLF Board Presidents and top donors to the Annual Campaign. Guests heard from three former Presidents who reminisced about their service to AVLF. Debby Ebel remarked on the beginnings of the Guardian ad Litem program. Mark VanderBroek (Nelson Mullins) shared a brochure highlighting the growth of AVLF and his appreciation that Rita Sheffey followed him as President. Jeff Cashdan (King & Spalding) shared a letter from a client in 2003 lauding the work of his partner, David Tetrick.

On Thursday, November 1st, the much anticipated Winetasting commenced at the Biltmore Ballrooms in downtown Atlanta. Not even the intermittent rain showers were enough to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm for the cause!

The 1100 attendees tasted over 12 signature wines and spirits, that perfectly complemented the mouth-watering selections from Atlanta’s top restaurants – La Tavola, Ecco, and South City Kitchen – courtesy of Bold American Catering and Design. Gregg Gibbs of United Distributors described the wines as chosen from the Old World (think Tuscany and the Italian Countryside) and the New World (think California). Guests also participated in drawings for select wine give-a-ways from the private cellars of a few generous collectors. Each guest left with a complimentary, AVLF-branded wine glass to memorialize the evening and toast to another successful year.

We would like to give a special thank you to everyone in attendance at the 27th annual Winetasting, and to everyone who has contributed to AVLF’s very first Annual Campaign. We are especially grateful to John Chandler and Beth Tanis who have served as the inaugural chairs of the AVLF Annual Campaign, and have led the organization in a record-breaking fundraising year. It is because of the support of the Atlanta community that AVLF is able to provide access to justice.

Mark your calendars for November 7, 2019, as we host our 28th Annual Winestasting. See you soon!

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