The Ultimate Dinner Party

Jill and Bobby Marsden, residents of Historic Brookhaven for 29 years, are faithful supporters of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC).

“Several years ago, my nephew spent several months at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Amongst conversations, we met families utilizing the local House. They spoke about how having a place to stay close to the hospital helped relieve some of the pressures they felt as they suffered through their child’s illness or injury. It was then when we decided to begin supporting the charity,” Jill said. “The impact was substantial and we couldn’t miss the chance to get involved.”

The mission of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is to nurture the health and well-being of children and families. 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 Houses 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.

As residents of Historic Brookhaven, the Marsdens have served for several years on the committee for the famed neighborhood fundraiser, Historic Brookhaven Dines In, benefiting the charity.

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

“The Historic Brookhaven Dines In events are a wonderful marriage of entertainment and fundraising,” Jill said. “My husband and I look forward to hosting this wonderful dinner prepared by the creative and talented Chris Hall. Our friends will be beating down the door to attend!”

The Marsdens will host a private dinner party in their beautiful Brookhaven home to benefit ARMHC this September. The dinner party will feature Local Three Chef, Chris Hall.

Chris Hall is a long-standing supporter of the Dines In Series. He holds a special place in the heart of the ARMHC as a current Executive Board Member and Hearts and Hands Gala donor. His restaurant, Local Three, is known for their “real, honest food served by people who care – at a fair price in a comfortable atmosphere.”

Hall will bring his culinary magic to the “Texas French” atmosphere of the Marsden’s dining areas. Their home will serve to be a comfortable, elegant setting for a delicious meal enjoyed between friends.

“We absolutely love hosting friends and family in our home,” Jill said. “I especially love all that goes into preparing for an intimate dinner party like this. From the guest list and meal planning to setting the table and arranging flowers into centerpieces- it’s a special experience, in the comfort of our own home.”

ARMHC is proud to have supporters and friends among the Historic Brookhaven community. To get involved with The Dines In Series, contact or visit  to learn more. BuckHaven Lifestyle is the proud media sponsor of the event, joining presenting sponsor, Ruth Skogstad and Beacham & Co.; builder sponsor: Canonbury Homes; luncheon sponsor Neil Morrisroe of McLain & Merritt, P.C.; and wine sponsor: Cathy Boston of Harry Norman Realtors.