Nearly 300 people helped make the 14th Annual Fall Garden Party on Sunday a success, enjoying an evening of dancing, food, a silent auction and raffle to raise funds for the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative.
The signature event raised an estimated $30,000 for ALHI, a non-profit focused on improving the health and well-being of lesbians. The funds will help support programs including the Lesbian Health Fund, which provides health screenings for women without insurance.
During the event at Einstein’s in Midtown, the Decatur Women’s Sports League and its founder Anne Barr presented Ellis and ALHI with a $7,000 donation raised through registration fees for the league. Since the league’s inception in March 2007, it’s raised $33,000 for ALHI.
ALHI also presented its Dennie Doucher Healing Angel Award to the Center for Black Women’s Wellness. The group provides free and low-cost health services to black women. Last year, Barr received the award.
ALHI, founded in 1996, is the only non-profit in the Southeast focusing solely on the health of lesbians, their partners and families.
Up next for the organization: Health Fair to Go 2 on Oct. 24. It’s ALHI’s second event providing free health screenings to gay men and lesbians.
The first health fair, held in July, conducted 75 health screenings, 18 clinical breast exams and 27 HIV tests with assistance from Piedmont Hospital, the DeKalb County Board of Health and other ALHI partners.
View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the Garden Party.