Georgia Grinders believe that it is important to give back to the community and has chosen to support 3 very different organizations, all of which benefit causes of great importance to our family, friends and community.
MDA Night of Hope: A Benefit for ALS Research at Emory University
Jaime's mother was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in 2011 and her symptoms rapidly progressed, robbing her of her independence and ability to live her life as she envisioned. Unfortunately she passed in April 2017, though her story has greatly impacted Jaime's life, opening her eyes to just how fragile life can be. Watching the quality of her life rapidly decline also acted as a catalyst for leaving Corporate America to follow her dreams of launching her own business. Jaime loves to say, "There is no guarantee that the sun will shine tomorrow and life is way too short to live complacently. I do not want to ever use the words 'What If' to express any regrets and view my Mother as a symbol of HOPE!".
The Night of Hope Gala is an evening to celebrate and support ALS research, while providing HOPE and resources to family and friends affected by ALS. An annual event taking place in Atlanta, GA every October and inspired by Holly and Palmer Proctor in 2006, The Night of Hope Gala is the premier event in the Southeast to raise funds for ALS research. Over the past 11 years, the Night of Hope Gala has raised over $7.3 million dollars to fund critical research for ALS. Each year, the gala committee enlists the help of corporate sponsors and individual donors to assist in the major undertaking of bringing awareness to this tragic illness and to fund various research initiatives.
The funds raised at the event are earmarked by the ALS Division of MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association), which leads the worldwide search for treatments and a cure for ALS. MDA maintains 37 MDA/ALS Centers across the country, including the ALS Center at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. In 2008 Emory University was named one of five MDA National Clinical Research Centers.
The Giving Kitchen
Passionate about food, people and the memories created over a delicious meal, Georgia Grinders is grateful for all of those hardworking individuals in the restaurant/food industry who facilitate these experiences!
Through charitable donations to The Giving Kitchen (TGK) and profits from the Staplehouse Restaurant, The Giving Kitchen’s mission is “to provide crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship.” TGK was inspired by the outpouring of support generated when Atlanta chef and our friend Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with late stage cancer in December of 2012. Industry workers and others know Ryan through his restaurant work history including Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Muss & Turner’s, and the Staplehouse supper club.
While we were deeply saddened by the loss of Ryan in January 2014, we are proud to support his dream and his legacy through both the Giving Kitchen and the Staplehouse.
DeKalb County School System’s Special Education Department
Georgia Grinders is proud to partner with DeKalb County School System’s Special Education Department! We participate in a community-based vocational training program to provide students with intellectual disabilities, ranging from ages 17-21, the opportunity to experience instruction in natural job environments.
Georgia Grinders offers students the opportunity to learn vocational skills needed in a realistic setting, skills which can’t be fully taught in the classroom. It is an honor to have these students join our team! Each year, we look forward to seeing them grow and develop into outstanding employees exhibiting a high level of care and work ethic. In return, the lessons that they ultimately teach us are truly invaluable! The students are amazing, hard-working and inspirational young adults.