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Leading off the weekend will be a gala evening.  This year's Gala will be held at the Clubhouse of East Lake Golf Club in the East Lake Neighborhood.  The clubhouse is a marvelous example of architects  Philip Shutze's  and Neil Reid's work and New South era architecture in Atlanta. The Gala Dinner will feature food, libations, and live music on Saturday evening July 12th.

By July 22nd 1864, Decatur had fallen to Union Troops and as the day progressed, Confederate Cavalry found itself charging up the Fayetteville Road from East Atlanta to attempt to rout the Union forces from Decatur and capture their supplies. Present day 2nd Avenue in East Lake approximates the route that they took past Colonel Alstonís plantation that today forms a major part of East Lake Golf Club. Champions from todayís professional golferís tour come to the course each year seeking the Tour Championship and The FedEx Cup in an event followed by golf fans worldwide. The golfers and the fans are mostly oblivious to the history that took place here before and immediately after that fateful day in 1864. This year B*ATL organizers have arranged a special treat for history buffs and golf fans alike with their Gala to be held this year at the historic East Lake Golf Club

East Lake Golf Club was originally a part of the Atlanta Athletic Club founded in 1898.  The land which had served as a suburban amusement park was purchased and developed into Atlanta's first country club.  By 1906 an 18 hole course had been designed and  a young, soon to be world famous golfer by the name of Bobby Jones would take in his first rounds there.  After fires destroyed two previous clubhouses, the club hired Philip Schutze of Hertz, Reid and Adler to design the current clubhouse.  In 1928 the club created a second course where the Charlie Yates course is currently.

The Club has seen many changes in its 100yr plus history, both on its own grounds and in the surrounding community.  In 1993 Tom Cousins bought the club and began what would become the East Lake Community Foundation.  The Club was renamed East Lake Golf Club from East Lake Country Club. The clubhouse and course itself were then renovated to bring back  their original luster.  Profits from the club and donations from its corporate members are funneled into the coffers of the East Lake Community Foundation which has helped spearhead many recent positive developments within the community.  These developments range from the redevelopment of East Lake Meadows housing project into the Villages at East Lake (a mixed income community)  to scholarships for unprivileged youth, to helping establish the Drew Charter School and the East Lake YMCA.  The course has again risen to the national spotlight, hosting many professional golf competitions over the past decade. Today the course is home to the TOUR Championship which also serves as the playoff finale for the FedEx Cup (a playoff points competition that awards the PGA Tour's best golfer for that year.)
 
Join other history lovers in a rare treat as East Lake Golf Club opens its doors for an evening of history, celebration, entertainment. Music will be provided by Tom Manrell's jazz band. He will also accompany Sam Hagan, renowned tenor, as Sam sings a selection of his favorites and the American trilogy made famous by Elvis.  Attendees of the Gala should be mindful that East Lake Golf Club has a strict dress code policy.  Men must wear collared shirts, no denim or athletic clothes are allowed.  For women no denim or athletic clothes are allowed.  The gala, beginning at 7:00 pm, is just one of the weekend’s events to commemorate the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta. For information call Sylvia Harrison at 404-556-1942 or Marti Hagan at 404-377-5824.
 

Tickets are available in our online General Store! Individual tickets are $65 and a table for 10 can be purchased for $500.

Menu for the 2014 BATL Gala*

Fried Chicken
Turnips
Mashed Potatoes
Black-eyed Peas
Salad
Biscuits
Peach Cobbler
Brownies
Cash Bar

B*ATL is raising money to restore our battlefield monuments, proceeds of this event help to benefit our educational mission and restore the portions of history that remain.


 

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