Brookhaven's Champion 1

Ruth Skogstad is Brookhaven’s number one fan. She and her husband John have lived in Historic Brookhaven for 22 years. Their dog, Diego, is a well-known celebrity in their neighborhood, where Ruth walks with him regularly. She joins the cheery band of walkers, runners and bikers around Capital City Golf Course. “I’m delighted to see everyone out, kids looking for playmates and there’s always someone to say hello to!”

It’s for these reasons Ruth believes in Brookhaven and champions its growth. She supports the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association by serving on its board. A graduate of Rivers, Northside High School and UGA, she is a member of the Capital City Club and the Planters Garden Club and supports CHOA with the Brookhaven Friends Group. This year, she celebrates her 50th anniversary as a realtor in the Buckhead and Brookhaven community with the Skogstad-Sodemann Team and Beacham & Co., Realtors. Ruth and her team have renewed their long-standing support as the Presenting Sponsors for Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities Historic Brookhaven Dines In Series coming up this September.

She has been an avid supporter of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) for the past 20 years. “My personal home and garden were featured on the Charities’ first Historic Brookhaven Home Tour which had maybe 50 people in attendance. Through the years, I have formed many friendships with the staff and volunteers in the neighborhood who have helped to grow this wonderful neighborhood event that supports Atlanta’s two Houses and now has upwards of 500 participants.”

Since 1979, ARMHC has been a “home away from home” to more than 46,000 families with ill and injured children receiving medical care nearby. The House near Egleston and the new 31-bedroom House near Scottish Rite are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. Beth Howell is the President & CEO of ARMHC and says that they believe when a child is hospitalized, the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed. Beth and the Historic Brookhaven Dines In Series Committee are thrilled to have the Skogstad-Sodemann Team on board for this year’s event.

Brookhaven Dines In is a series of exclusive dinner parties hosted in some of Historic Brookhaven’s most beautiful homes. Dinner is prepared by Atlanta-based chefs and homeowners invite friends to join them for an intimate dining experience.

Ruth and her business partner, daughter Kristen Sodemann, say they have enjoyed great success over the years, and owe a great deal of their success to the community that has been so supportive of their business.  “We always love selling homes in The Brookhaven area, since that is where we live, play and work,” says Kristen, who lives in Brookhaven with her husband Chris Sodemann and their three children, who attend Woodward Academy and Trinity School. She is an alum of Holy Innocents and Riverview High School and is also a member of Brookhaven Friends Group supporting CHOA, and contributes to Northside Youth Organization and of course, ARMHC.  She plays tennis with ALTA and is a member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

“We are all honored to be a part of this wonderful charity that benefits so many families while their children are being treated at one of our great hospitals.” says Ruth. “And, as an Atlanta native, I can tell you that Historic Brookhaven is the one of the best neighborhoods in the city.” You’ll see Ruth and Kristen’s team’s handiwork on July 4. They place flags at 1,000 homes to celebrate Independence Day in their neighborhood.