Kathy Stevens remembers how her brother and mother were enveloped in warmth, compassion and convenience when they stayed in a Ronald McDonald House nearly 30 years ago during a trying time for the family. This year, she and her husband will support the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities by opening their home for the annual Brookhaven Dines In fundraiser, giving back to the charity that meant so much to her as a girl. Brookhaven Dines In is a series of exclusive dinner parties hosted in some of Historic Brookhaven’s most beautiful homes. Atlanta-based chefs prepare the meal and homeowners invite friends to join them for a night of food and fellowship to support ARMHC. The mission of ARMHC is to nurture the health and wellbeing of children and families. “My brother and my mother stayed in the Ronald McDonald House in Boston years ago. My other family members and I were at home far away in Florida,” Kathy says. “When you are going through a trying time like that it is such a blessing to have a place like the Ronald McDonald House and my family has experienced it firsthand.”
The Dines In Series events will take place during the month of September. A typical dinner party includes 12-26 guests and tickets range from $150-$300, based on the homeowner’s and chef’s requests. Meet a few of the homeowners who have opened their gorgeous Brookhaven homes for the unique event.
The Stevens Home
The Stevens’ home was designed by TS Adams, built by Canonbury Homes and decorated by Meridy King Interiors. The kitchen and dining room areas were built with functionality and entertainment in mind as they feature a double island in the kitchen, an open foyer that opens up the dining room, and a spacious kitchen design that is inviting to guests that tend to congregate there during social events.
The Strickland Home
The Strickland home was designed by Frank Neely of Neely Design Associates, built by Neil Johnson of Canonbury Homes, with interior design by Elizabeth Fowler Smith Interiors and cabinetry features work by Cameron Thurman and Phoenix Millworks. The residents have been patrons of the Brookhaven Dines In events, yet this year is their inaugural hosting experience of a Dines In dinner party.
“The Ronald McDonald House is such a fantastic place. I can only imagine having a child in the hospital and being in a strange city – what the House means to those families is beyond words,” Katherine Strickland says. “I am proud to support such a facility and to host a dinner and know that everything from the chef’s time, to my guests donation to attend and the donated food we are enjoying are all raising money for such a great mission is heartwarming.”
When designing the home, the family wanted a space that was ideal for entertaining guests of all ages with ample play, dining and storage space. The Strickland’s favorite feature of their dining area is the butler’s pantry which makes the space ideal for serving guests.
The Eden Home
The Eden’s home was designed by a group of local architects and the result was the collaborative effort between Neil Johnson of Canonbury Homes and Meridy King, the interior designer. Their kitchen and dining areas feature design elements that incorporate simple, clean lines and showcase the oversized, wooden island as the focal point. The Eden’s love to fill their home with family and friends.
“We strongly believe in supporting Brookhaven Dines In as we have seen firsthand the level of commitment and dedication put forth by this dynamic group,” Terri Eden says. “The Brookhaven Dines In events provide for a greater sense of community while supporting one of our community’s most treasured assets.”
Whether you are a homeowner hoping to get involved, or a local chef hoping to donate your time and talents, write firstname.lastname@example.org , call 678.704.8099. or visit ARMCH.org.