6th Annual Hearts and Hands Gala to Feature NEEDTOBREATHE

6th Annual Hearts and Hands Gala to Feature NEEDTOBREATHE

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities' (ARMHC) 6th annual Hearts and Hands Gala will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 25 at Intercontinental Hotel-Buckhead. The event, hosted by David Chandley, will feature live and silent auctions and a performance by rock band, NEEDTOBREATHE.

The Coca-Cola Company is the event's presenting sponsor with Javier C. Goizueta, Event Chair, Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company and President of the McDonald's Division Worldwide. Muhtar Kent, serving as Honorary Chair, is Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.

"The Coca-Cola Company has been a proud leading partner in the ARMHC Hearts and Hands Gala since its inception six years ago because we firmly believe in the importance of this Charity in Atlanta, as well the 300 Houses all around the world," said Goizueta.

Atlanta's two Ronald McDonald Houses will provide temporary housing and support service to nearly 2,000 families of ill and injured children this year. The two Atlanta Houses have provided a home away from home to more than 43,000 families of ill and injured children since the first Atlanta House opened in 1979.

"The two ARMHC Houses help thousands of families each year when their children are treated for critical injuries or illnesses at nearby Atlanta hospitals," said Goizueta. "The funds raised through the ARMHC Hearts and Hands Gala are critical in ensuring that the increasing need for family care and support provided by the Houses is continually met."


NEEDTOBREATHE, an American alternative rock band from South Carolina, is composed of Bo Reinhart, Bear Reinhart, and Seth Bolt. Brothers Bo and Bear first began performing at local coffee shops around Furman University, where Bear was playing football. Soon after, they began recording with Seth, who had studied recording engineering at Full Sail University, in his Plantation Studios. The band was signed by Atlantic/Lava Records in 2005, and released their debut full-length album, Daylight, just one year later. Within the same year, the band was touring with Train, Collective Soul and Will Hoge, and finished up the year back in the studio working on their follow-up album, The Heat. Atlantic Records and Word Entertainment released The Heat in August of 2007.

NEEDTOBREATHE began to reap the rewards of their music in 2008 when they were nominated for two Dove Awards in 2007, and won the Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year in 2009 for their song "Washed by the Water". The band followed up The Heat with their third album, The Outsiders. Numerous songs from the album climbed to the tops of the charts, including the title song, "The Outsiders", which reached Number 11 on the Triple A chart. The band received three Dove Awards in 2010: Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for "Lay 'Em Down", Rock/Contemporary Album of the year for The Outsiders, and Group of the Year. The success of The Outsiders did not stop there, however.

The album produced another two wins at the Dove Awards in 2011: Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for "Something Beautiful", and Group of the Year. Following the success of The Outsiders, the band took a break from recording music to spend time on the road playing across the country, and opening for Taylor Swift on a series of her North American stadium shows. While they were touring, the band was still writing music, which they would record for their fourth album The Reckoning. This album would win the band three Dove Awards in 2012: Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year for "Slumber", Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year for The Reckoning, and, for the third year in a row, Group of the Year. The album produced another Dove Award in 2013 for Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year for "Keep Your Eyes Open". This past April, the band released their fifth album, Rivers in the Wasteland, which is still climbing the charts.

About David Chandley

David Chandley is an AMS certified meteorologist who spent more than 25 years reporting the weather for WSB-TV in Atlanta.

A graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in broadcast journalism, he also completed the broadcast meteorology program at Mississippi State University. David holds the CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) designation from the American Meteorological Society. This is the highest mark of distinction and recognition available in broadcast meteorology.

David's broadcast career has been all over Georgia, with stops in Albany, Macon and Columbus. He has been honored with numerous awards, including 7 Southeast Emmy Awards and 21 nominations. David has also received the Associated Press Best Weather Reporting Award 13 times, most recently in 2013.

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 17 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.

About Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (ARMHC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization ARMHC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to serving the needs of children by providing temporary housing and support services to families of ill and injured children being treated at local children's hospitals.

At the Ronald McDonald House, families can enjoy many of the comforts of home, receive nutritious meals prepared and served by volunteers and obtain emotional support through contact with other families experiencing similar situations. No family is turned away if they cannot afford the small $20 requested contribution and many of these families stay at the Ronald McDonald House for weeks, and sometimes months, while their children receive medical treatment.

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