Some give to keep the memory of a friend or pet alive. Some give because they have received so much. Some give because they want to help find solutions. Regardless of their motivation, the men and women in our community who volunteer regularly are our inspiration to be more, do more and give more.

In this June men’s issue, meet our 2015 Men of the Year who make giving a priority. We hope their dedication will be the spark that lights your fire to find your passion for giving.

David York

Giving: Adopt a Golden, Atlanta Pet Rescue, Atlanta Humane Society, Atlanta Ballet, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Meals on Wheels and the Forward Arts Foundation

Day job: Owner, Barking Hound Village, Atlanta’s first and largest, locally-owned dog daycare, boarding and grooming company with two Buckhead locations, one being the city’s first boutique hotel for dogs.

Motivation: He has a soft spot for animal rescue nonprofits. Additionally, he is an extremely social Atlantan with friends who support all types of charities. He is a great backer of them, bringing his contagiously charming personality to every event he attends.

Support team: York grew up on his family’s cotton farm, north of Memphis. He has always had a love for dogs, horses and the other animals he had on the farm. After college in Mississippi, he moved to New York and began his career with Macy’s developing private label merchandise. He lives in Buckhead.

David Abes

Giving: Atlanta Community Food Bank (chairing The Legends of Atlanta Roast), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (chairs the One Party, an annual fundraiser for the Georgia chapter)

Day job: 23 year veteran of Atlanta’s culinary industry as Director, LDV Hospitality (Corso Coffee open in Buckhead Atlanta now; Dolce Italian and American Cut opening there this fall) and previously in leadership with Here to Serve, Horseradish Grill and Atlanta Fish Market

Motivation: David’s son Mitchell (15) was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 2 years old.

Support team: David grew up in Dunwoody, then moved to Sandy Springs, where he, his wife and two children live now.  He is a graduate of Arizona State University.

Steve Eaton

Giving: Southeast Board for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Project Open Hand. Steve also supports numerous healthcare related Atlanta not for profit organizations each year.

Day job: Co-founder and managing director EDG Partners. Steve has served as board chair of St. Joseph’s Health System, Emory Saint Joseph, Inc, Mercy Care Services, and is currently a member of the board of Emory Healthcare and Greater Atlanta Christian School.  Prior to EDG, Eaton was a successful investor, CEO and entrepreneur in various healthcare companies.

Motivation: Enjoys supporting organizations that make a difference in the health and well being of underserved individuals and communities.

Support team: Steve is married to Margaret Eaton and they have four children and ten grandchildren. They live in Sandy Springs.

Robby Kukler

Giving: Atlanta Community Food Bank, Childrens’ Healthcare of Atlanta, No Kid Hungry, Southern Foodways Alliance, Piedmont Park Conservancy, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Day job: Partner, Fifth Group Restaurants (South City Kitchen, La Tavola, Ecco, El Taco, Alma, Lure)

Motivation: Robby has had a passion for food his entire life. He feels it is inexcusable that anyone in this country goes hungry, let alone anyone in our own communities and believes it’s our passion and responsibility to do what we can to help end hunger.

Support team:

Robby has been married to his high school sweetheart for 18 years, and lives in Dunwoody with two sons, Sam (15) and Will (11).  One son was very recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes so the family will all be continuing their work for JDRF.

Philip Munguia

Giving: Canine Cellmates, Two Tailz K9 Rescue and Atlant Wild Anial Rescue Effort (AWARE)

Day job: Equifax, information security department

Motivation: In high school, he volunteered with Society for Improved Conditions of Stray Animals, in Dayton Ohio and discovered both the despair and hope helping animals in need. Animals are pure love, he says. They don’t judge  us for growing older or fatter and are loyal without question.

Support team: Philip and his partner, Mark Thomas Bates, live in Buckhead with their nine fur babies. His parents, Fred and Susana Munguia are huge supporters of his work and philanthropy.