Dining for a Difference

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An individual ticket includes access to the cocktail reception and a seat for our exciting dinner program, with the opportunity to bid on the live auction at the event!

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Honorary Chairs

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Derek Bottoms will serve as the Honorary Chairs of the 21st annual Dining for a Difference. Mayor Bottoms and her husband are strong advocates for adoption and foster care, having adopted all of their children from Families First.

As Atlanta's 60th mayor, Mayor Bottoms leads with an agenda focused on equity and affordable housing and serves as Chair of the Community Development and Housing Committee for the United States Conference of Mayors.

A product of the Atlanta Public School System, Mayor Bottoms graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law.

An active member of the community, Mayor Bottoms is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Jack and Jill of America, The Links, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has also served on the board of Families First.

About Dining for a Difference

Join us on Thursday, April 25, 2019 for our 21st annual Dining for a Difference, presented by Cox Enterprises and Chick-fil-A Foundation. Since its debut, Dining for a Difference has grown into a premier fundraising and awareness event benefiting Families First and attended by metro Atlanta's most influential community leaders. Over the years, this event has raised more than $6 million, with more than 500 guests set to attend this year!

Ocean's Ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St, NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

Host a Table

Interested in hosting a table and sponsoring Dining for a Difference? With your sponsorship and support, Families First will continue to provide life-changing care for the children and youth in our care.

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Can’t attend?

Can’t attend? Make a contribution to Families First!

2019 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors
Chick-fil-A Foundation
Cox Enterprises

Anisa International
The Home Depot Foundation

Genuine Pars Company
Holder Construction
Jim & Ibby Mills
PNC Bank
Publix Super Markets Charities
Rpbym & Frank Sims
Douglas Stockel

Ackerman & Co.
Alston & Bird, LLP
Marybeth & Fred Leamer
UPS Foundation


Since Dining for a Difference debuted in 1999, the event has raised more than $4.5 million, enabling Families First to provide empowering and sustainable solutions through programs and services aimed at setting children and families up for independent and successful futures. Last year, more than 500 guests attended the event, helping us to raise more than $650,000.



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