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Celebrity Luncheon and Silent Auction

Saturday, March 18, 2023



Register & Bid: Online Silent Auction 

Register here for the online auction, and begin browsing through our selection of items here.

Bidding will end at 2:30 PM EDT on March 18th. New items will be added up until the day of the event, so be sure to check back often!

About the Celebrity Luncheon – Sold Out

Andrew Young, Jr., former ambassador to the United Nations, former congressman, past mayor of Atlanta and civil rights icon, will be the keynote speaker at the Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s annual Celebrity Luncheon fundraiser. The event will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2023, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Marietta Country Club and is open to the public.

Ambassador Young will be joined by a diverse and entertaining group of talented local artists, authors, musicians and business leaders. Proceeds from the event will benefit the GSO’s musical performance, youth education and outreach programs.

Not only are guests certain to be inspired by Ambassador Young, but they also will select to be seated at a table with one of a carefully curated collection of influential and creative area personalities to learn more about them. A specially created three-course menu will be prepared by Gary Sanderson, Marietta Country Club executive chef, and his team.

The event also will provide a fantastic opportunity for guests to indulge themselves from an array of silent and live auction goodies, such as rare trinkets and tidbits, stunning fine art and everyday splurges.

2023 Celebrities

Keynote: Ambassador Andrew J. Young—Civil rights pioneer; served as member of Congress, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Mayor of Atlanta, ordained minister and living legend!

Emily Carpenter—Actress and best-selling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

Claire Dunaway Cyr—Artist represented by dk Gallery

Matt DeBusschere—Owner of Marietta Melt Yard and food columnist for the Marietta Daily Journal

Courtenay Eckardt—Cast member of original Broadway production of The Prom

A.J. Gnuse—Best-selling author of inaugural novel, Girl in the Walls

Kim Gresh—Owner and president of S.A. White Oil Company, Inc.

Karla Harris—Internationally-recognized and local favorite GSO Jazz! vocalist

Okorie “OkCello” Johnson—Nationally-acclaimed cellist, songwriter, and storyteller

Missy Owen—Founder of The Zone and Davis Direction Foundation

Topher Payne—Playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, and has scripted five films for The Hallmark Channel

Chris Savas—Photographer of business, music, political and sports icons

Bobby Thomas—Co-founder of Red Hare Brewery and Distillery

Tanya Twaddell—First female Deputy Chief of the Marietta Police Department

Bill Waldrop—Day lily expert and nationally recognized hybridizer

Lori Wilson—WSB-TV news anchor

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  • Type: Special Event
  • Time: March 18, 2023 - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Venue:Marietta Country Club