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20 Years of Impact: A recap of Frank Ski’s 20th Anniversary Star-Studded Wine Tasting Extravaganza


20 Years of Impact: A recap of Frank Ski’s 20th Anniversary Star-Studded Wine Tasting Extravaganza

Atlanta’s icon, Frank Ski, hosted an afternoon to remember in Atlanta on Sunday, May 5th, 2024! The 20th Annual Frank Ski Celebrity Wine Tasting and Live Auction lives up to its reputation every year as one of Atlanta’s premier fundraising events, offering guests an evening of entertainment, live and silent auctions, philanthropy, and exclusive tasting of rare wines! Every moment is infused with a spirit of generosity and camaraderie benefiting a great cause, The Frank Ski Kids Foundation!

For Frank Ski, the annual fundraising event represents more than just a glamorous soirée; it symbolizes a legacy of giving back. Over the past twenty years, The Frank Ski Kids Foundation has provided life-changing opportunities for youth worldwide, from art classes in Italy to environmental studies in the Amazon Rainforest and The Galápagos Islands. 

Thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors, in 2024, the students will embark on a nine-day unforgettable journey (from June 17-26th) to explore the effects of climate change on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, equipping them with firsthand knowledge and inspiration to become stewards of our planet.

Every year, The Frank Ski Kids Foundation sends ten deserving young scientists on an enlightening study expedition to remote locations around the globe. The annual fundraiser is an opportunity to mingle with celebs, enjoy exquisite wines, and delectable bites while supporting The Frank Ski Kids Foundation’s mission to empower young minds through transformative experiences. 

Speaking of transformative experiences, as you walked the green carpet, entering Factory Atlanta, each of the 30-foot white walls of the ballroom screened video imagery from the previous Planet Green Science Expeditions, immersing and transporting guests to exotic yet compromised locations around the world traveled by The Frank Ski Kids Foundation.

With the music from Frank Ski’s latest musical release Climate Changeplaying softly in the background, glasses, and auction paddles raised high, attendees –Jay “Jeezy” Jenkins, Former City of Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock – and over two hundred friends of Frank, supporters of The Frank Ski Kids Foundation, and corporate sponsors, came together to celebrate two decades of the foundation making a difference.

Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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