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Rick Baker hosts an evening to remember benefiting Youth Villages Georgia

June 24, 2014

Youth Villages held its first-ever Happy Hopeful Proud cocktail soiree on Saturday, April 26, at the home of Rick Baker and Lina Lopez. Youth Villages, a national nonprofit with offices in Atlanta, helps troubled children and their families live successfully through a variety of programs. Youth Villages also serves children on its Inner Harbour residential campus in Douglasville, Ga.

The event, chaired by Baker, featured musical performances by Hallie Jackson with Jeff Carlisi and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Band, delicious food from Baraonda Ristorante and Publik Draft House and signature cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Four Roses Bourbon. Sean O’Keefe Events managed the festivities.

In addition, guests were able to bid on limited-edition photographs from The Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York. As a special treat, two of the photographers, Neal Preston and Pattie Boyd, were on hand to sign their work and tell the stories behind the photos. Preston, of Los Angeles, has worked with some of the most legendary musical acts in history, including Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson. Boyd, who traveled from London to support Youth Villages at the event, had a front row seat to music history during her marriages to George Harrison of The Beatles and Eric Clapton. A talented photographer, Boyd captured those moments and shares them with fans around the world. Proceeds from the silent auction benefitted Youth Villages programs in Georgia.

In addition to Boyd and Preston, the event was attended by several high profile guests, including professional athlete Bo Jackson, CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield, Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves, local businessman Tommy Dortch, Arby’s President and CEO Paul Brown and CNN Legal Analyst Mark O’Mara. Youth Villages Chief Executive Officer Patrick Lawler and Chief Development Officer Richard Shaw, along with several members of the Youth Villages national and local boards were also in attendance.

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