Countdown to Kickoff 2016 Update

A heartfelt thanks to the Bulldawg Nation for faithfully supporting the Countdown to Kickoff events for 10 years during which time we raised more than $1.5 million to support Georgia’s kids living with life-saving organ transplants.  

In 2016, we look forward to focusing all of our fundraising efforts to the Dawgs for Kids auction party held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. We will no longer host Fan Festival or the Celebrity Golf Tournament. The Dawgs for Kids event provides fans with unique opportunities to meet and mingle with some of their favorite UGA football legends.  All event proceeds will continue to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia Transplant Foundation.  

We look forward to kicking off the 2016 football season at Dawgs for Kids on August 19, 2016.  Please click on the Dawgs for Kids tab for further details.

“It’s going to be another great year. The fans really enjoy being at the Hall of Fame. Ultimately, after the party is over, the point of all of it is to support some very meaningful and worthy charities, and I think it’s proven to be a success in that regard.”

                ~Georgia football great Matt Stinchcomb

"I love supporting the Georgia Transplant Foundation and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta because I know every dollar donated helps a family cope with the financial burden that comes with receiving an organ transplant. Seeing my father receive the gift of a heart transplant, I quickly learned that transplants provide a new lease on life but also bring a list of needs including follow up care and medications. These two organizations are here to ensure this amazing gift of extended life isn’t overshadowed by the collateral costs and commitments."

    ~Georgia football great Jon Stinchcomb

The mission of the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) is to help meet the needs of organ transplant candidates, recipients, living donors and their families by providing education and information regarding organ transplantation, granting financial assistance and being an advocate for sustaining and enriching lives every day.


It is the mission of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) to enhance the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. CHOA strives to be the model for addressing children's health needs by defining, then providing or advocating for: accessible, innovative and excellent patient care; integrated teaching and research; and partnerships in wellness and prevention programs.


Cheryl Belair  |  |   678-514-1181
Georgia Transplant Foundation 
500 Sugar Mill Road, Suite 170-A
Atlanta, Georgia 30350 

Media Contact:

Rita Michaels  |  |   678-514-1180




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