Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan are teaming up with the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta this week. The guys are giving fans the opportunity to join them for lunch or dinner while helping the cause.
The 13th annual 95.5 FM and AM 750 News/Talk WSB Care-a-Thon benefiting Children’s Healthcare is planned for 5 a.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday. To donate, call 888-750-2772 or see www.choa.org/careathon. Last year’s Care-a-Thon raised more than $1.5 million.
During the Care-a-Thon, Atlanta Morning News host Scott Slade and fellow on-air personality Clark Howard will broadcast live from the Aflac Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. We'll be joining Slade Thursday morning sometime in the 7 a.m. hour to talk about recent celebrity sightings and movies filming in Atlanta. (Can you say "Hooter's" on the radio? Adam Sandler's movie "Blended" filmed a scene at the Lawrenceville Hooter's the other day.)
Anyway, here’s where Huddy and Matty Ice come in.
Ryan will host "Dinner for two with #2" on Sept. 16 at the Maggiano's in Buckhead along with Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez. The first 100 people who donate $1,500 during the Care-a-Thon will receive an invitation for two to attend the dinner, have their photo taken with the players and receive an autographed football. Ryan and his wife Sarah will donate $500 for each donor of $1,500 and NAPA Auto Parts will match the Ryans' donation. So every $1,500 donation becomes $2,500.
“The Aflac Cancer Center means so much to Sarah and me,” Ryan said. “We’ve hosted a golf tournament the last three years and this ‘Dinner for Two with #2’ with Tony Gonzalez will be a fun way to broaden that support.”
Hudson, meanwhile, will host his annual "Huddy's Buddies" luncheon at the Buckhead Maggiano's. Braves second baseman Dan Uggla will join him. The first 100 people to donate $1,000 during the Care-a-Thon will receive an invitation for two to attend the luncheon, have their photo made with the players and receive an autographed baseball. The date will be announced when Hudson's pitching schedule is confirmed.
“This will be our third ‘Huddy’s Buddies’ luncheon,” Hudson said. “We’ve raised over $100,000 with those first two events and with any luck at all, we’re hoping to top that this year!”