Atlanta Field Day doles out record charity cash

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A crowd of hundreds of gay jocks, couch potatoes and weekend warriors tossing eggs, working hula hoops, squeezing sponges and eating pie can make an $85,000 difference. How’s that for an Atlanta Field Day with a purpose?

AFD Founder Davis Kirby (photo center) announced on Monday that the annual event dished out the record $85,000 it raised leading up to the Sept. 15 event to seven Atlanta-area non-profits. (View photos from Atlanta Field Day.) The biggest checks–$40,000 each–were delivered to Camp Twin Lakes and Jerusalem House. Atlanta Field Day also donated $1,000 each to SAGE Atlanta, Pets Are Loving Support, Women’s Empowerment, Lost N Found Youth and Positive Impact’s MISTER program.

Reaching the $85,000 mark also meant that Kirby lost his hair. He promised supporters that if they hit that total, he’d shave his head. Or more accurately – and hotly – have rugby stud and cuddle bear Ben Cohen do it. So he did at a fundraiser after Atlanta Field Day.

Kirby thanked participants and sponsors on Monday after delivering the checks to two non-profits.

“Thank you so very much for being a part of Atlanta Field Day. You have made a difference in someone’s life, you have changed the community, and, in our own way, you have changed the world,” Davis says.

Atlanta Field Day has grown into a popular fundraising event each fall. It opened in 2010 with 100 competitors who raised $13,000. Last year, some 400 participants raised $72,414.

Photo via @atlantafieldday

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