Joselyn Baker, president of the Grady Health Foundation, said management felt it was too risky to hold a traditional in-person gala in 2021 given the shifting dynamics of the pandemic so they came up with this alternative idea. “The concept of music being something so healing and how Grady as an institution heals so many people felt like a great fit and a perfect partnership,” she said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Baker said she was heartened by all the volunteer participation by so many big Atlanta artists. “It’s really a testament to the role Grady plays in the community,” Baker said. “It’s also a tribute to the men and women at Grady who have had the hardest 18-19 months of their lives.”