Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation to Host 32nd Annual Torch Gala, Shining a Light on Mental Healthcare and IBD

On November 5, 2022, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is pleased to host its 32nd Annual Torch Gala at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. The goal: to raise $555,000 through the Gala, with proceeds going toward funding critical research, to better diagnose and ultimately cure, IBD, which include Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis. The Torch Gala is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Foundation’s Georgia Chapter. Neal S. Maziar, Partner & Chief Revenue Officer in Springs Publishing, is the 2022 Torch Gala Chair.

According to the Foundation, living with a chronic, and often painful, illness can take a toll on your mental health and emotional well-being. “You are not alone. We understand how challenging and frustrating it can be to manage not only the physical symptoms of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, but also the stress, worry, depression, and anxiety that you may feel along the way.”

Dr. Bonney Reed, a Psychologist with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and GI Care for Kids, will be honored at the Gala as the Premier Pediatric Healthcare Professional of the Year, for her work with IBD patients. Dr. Aja McCutchen, a Gastroenterologist with United Digestive, will be honored at this year’s Gala as the Premier Adult Healthcare Professional of the Year, for her work with IBD patients. Additionally, that evening, Andrew Goldberg, VP of Corporate Strategy for Cox Communications and a longtime volunteer with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, will be honored at the Gala as the Volunteer of the Year, for his work with raising funds for and awareness of IBD.

Research studies show that approximately 1 in every 100 Americans currently have IBD, and an estimated 100,000 Georgians are affected annually by the disease. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the largest non-profit voluntary health agency dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of those affected.

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Emily Richter
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