Owners of Atlanta area Melting Pot restaurants, Mark and Layla Gunn, hosted the sixth annual Paint the Town auction to benefit  Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Pure Imagination charity. In lieu of a fundraising event, this year’s online auction raised $20,000, bringing the total donations to well over half a million dollars.

The weeklong online action in October included a beautiful selection of artwork from Vinings Gallery and a wide variety of auction items ranging from Bob Steele Salon and Spa Sydell certificates to exclusive VIP experiences, and a one-in-a-lifetime trip to Napa – a total of 26 items were auctioned for the event.

“We launched Pure Imagination as a way to encourage generosity in children, which is a value that we’ve instilled in our son, Lathan,” said Layla Gunn. “We were blessed with the arrival of our second child earlier this fall, and although we weren’t able to host a full-fledged, in-person fundraising event, we were delighted by the support of our close friends and contacts that made this year’s online auction so successful.”

Mark Gunn added, “We are humbled by our guest’s continued support for Paint the Town and Pure Imagination.  We are grateful to be able to help make a difference in the lives of children throughout Atlanta, and we look forward to bringing the Paint the Town event back to Atlanta for years to come.”

The fundraising event, which is held approximately every 18 months, is expected to return in November 2016.

To learn more about Paint the Town, please visit www.paintthetownatlanta.org. For more information on Pure Imagination, please visit www.pure-imagination.org.


About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 20 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.

About Pure Imagination

Pure Imagination, which launched Spring 2010 from the inspiration of Mark and Layla Gunn is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The vision of the group is built around three core values. Pure Imagination encourages GENEROUS CHILDREN to form lifelong friendships with other children that are chronically or terminally ill by SHARING EXPERIENCES allowing these children to escape hospitals, protocols, intense scheduling and difficult daily challenges and EMBRACE HOPE by creating lasting memories beyond their imagination. Pure Imagination is now accepting nominations for qualified children. For more information on nominating a child, making a donation or scheduling a fundraiser, please visit us online at www.pure-imagination.org.

About The Melting Pot

At The Melting Pot, fondue becomes a memorable, four-course dining experience where patrons can dip into something different. Guests enjoy a choice of four flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées combined with special dipping sauces. The menu also includes creamy cheese fondues, lively salads, fine wines and mouthwatering chocolate fondue desserts. The Melting Pot’s four locations in the Atlanta area include The Melting Pot in Roswell, located at 1055 Mansell Road, Roswell, Ga. 30076, 770.518.4100; The Melting Pot in Duluth, located at 3610 Satellite Blvd NW, Duluth, Ga. 30095, 770.623.1290; The Melting Pot in Kennesaw, located at 2500 Cobb Place Lane, Suite 800, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144, 770.425.1411 and most recently The Melting Pot in Midtown, located at 754 Peachtree Street NE between 4th and 5th streets, Atlanta, Ga. 30308, 404.389.0099.  For additional information or to make reservations at The Melting Pot, please visit the company’s website at www.themeltingpot.com.



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