Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Hearts and Hands Gala October 19

The 11th Annual Gala Will Honor Atlanta Philanthropists Helen and Jimmy Carlos

Helen and Jimmy Carlos, 2019 honorees of the Hearts and Hands Gala to benefit Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. (Photo: Business Wire)

ATLANTA--()--The 11th annual Hearts and Hands Gala benefiting Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities will take place at 6:30 p.m. on October 19, 2019, at Flourish Atlanta in Buckhead. Helen and Jimmy Carlos, Atlanta philanthropists and longtime supporters of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities will be honored at this year’s Gala in celebration of the Charity’s 40th anniversary.

“We are so privileged to celebrate 40 years of keeping families close. The Hearts and Hands Gala is our opportunity to recognize the devotion of some of the generous individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on our mission,” said Beth Howell, President and CEO, Atlanta RMHC. “Helen and Jimmy Carlos exemplify the kindness and compassion at the heart of our mission. We are deeply grateful for their tremendous leadership and longstanding generosity in building our capacity to nurture the health and well-being of a growing number of children and families.”

The Hearts and Hands Gala, presented by The Coca-Cola Company, is the organization’s signature black-tie, seated dinner event featuring silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event will benefit more than 3,200 families of sick and injured children served by Atlanta RMHC each year.

The Gala has raised more than $4 million since its inception, including $800,000 in 2018, to support the operations of Atlanta’s two Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile – all of which help keep families with sick children close to each other and the care and resources they need during a difficult time.

“Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities has always held a special place in my heart,” said Helen Carlos, who will accept the award in-person with her husband, Jimmy, the evening of October 19. “It means so much to me to see the impact that this Charity has on families experiencing the most trying times of their lives. We are glad we can help bring care and comfort to families of sick children when they need it most.”

The event will feature dancing and a performance by Bogey and The Viceroy. Individual tickets are available from $400 each/$800 per couple at Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available.

“Atlanta RMHC’s programs provide the support that families with sick children need so they can focus on their child’s health,” said Gilles Leclerc, event chair of the Hearts and Hands Gala and President of The McDonald’s Division at The Coca-Cola Company. “The Coca-Cola Company is proud to partner with Atlanta RMHC, an organization which has made a difference in the lives of more than 56,000 families of sick and injured children over the past 40 years.”

About Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to nurturing the health and well-being of children and families. For 40 years, Atlanta RMHC has kept families with sick children close to each other and the medical care their child needs. Through its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, Atlanta RMHC has served more than 56,000 families since 1979.

Atlanta RMHC’s programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care, ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care. For more information, visit or call (404) 315-1133. Follow Atlanta RMHC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Bogey and The Viceroy

Founded in 2012, Bogey and The Viceroy are an Atlanta dance band specializing in Retro R&B and Soul, Disco and Funk, Classic Rock and Pop, and today's dance party hits. Led by New Orleans native Bogey Thornton and backed by Atlanta music scene veterans, Bogey and The Viceroy provide an unforgettable and interactive entertainment experience for guests of all ages and keep the dance floor packed all night.

Born and raised only blocks away from the legendary Fats Domino, bandleader Bogey Thornton has been entertaining audiences all over the map for the past 20 years with his signature brand of swanky soul. Bogey's sweet voice embodies the ease and sophistication of iconic 60's crooners like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye, as well as modern popular artists like Prince and Bruno Mars.

Backing Bogey are The Viceroy, a group of seasoned professional musicians and vocalists who love to play together and entertain. Comprised of a tight rhythm section, a dynamic horn section and powerhouse female vocalist Glynis LeFlore, when they get together with Bogey get ready for an explosive non-stop dance party!

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brand, our portfolio includes AdeS, Ayataka, Costa, Dasani, Del Valle, Fanta, Georgia, Gold Peak, Honest, innocent, Minute Maid, Powerade, Simply, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.


Carrie Bowden
Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities


Carrie Bowden
Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities