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Eaterys anniversary aids ambulance fund
Event set for Monday night
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

• What: Tam’s Backstage Seventh Anniversary Dinner benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Forsyth

• When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday

• Where: Tam’s Backstage Restaurant, 215 Ingram Ave., below the Cumming Playhouse

• Cost: $25; cash bar will also be offered

A Cumming restaurant will raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Monday night.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tam’s Backstage will hold its seventh annual anniversary dinner, with all proceeds going to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Forsyth for the purchase of a designated pediatric ambulance for the site.

Owner Kelly Tam said this is the second time the restaurant has joined with Children’s for the pediatric ambulance.

“Last year, I think we raised right at $4,000 for the pediatric transport fund and we hope to meet or exceed that this year,” she said, noting that in years past the dinner has benefitted other nonprofit organizations such United Way and Community Connection.

Beth Buursema, community outreach liaison with Children’s at Forsyth, said leaders are close to reaching the $1 million goal for the ambulance.

The highly specialized vehicle costs about $700,000 and the additional funds will be used to cover operating and maintenance costs associated with it.

“Basically a year ago, this [Tam’s event] kicked our fundraising off,” she said. “I think this year’s event may put us over the top.

“It would be great to end it here at the same event that started it.”

Buursema said the ambulance fund has received much support from residents and businesses, including a $360,000 donation from the Bagwell family, who own American Proteins.

“We would not be successful at all if it were not for the business and community support we have received,” she said.

“And it is because of the businesses and events like these that we have been able to provide the services and increase our staff and do all the things here in Forsyth that we’ve been able to do after only being open a year.”

The facility, located at The Avenue Forsyth on Peachtree Parkway, celebrated its first anniversary in early June.

As a mother of three, Tam said she’s proud to support Children’s.

“My youngest had a traumatic accident and I had to take her all the way down to Scottish Rite when she was only five years old,” she said.

“So to have a pediatric transport unit right here in the county that can cater to the needs of children … I think it’s a huge asset for our county.”

Tam said the event, which costs $25 at the door, will include a buffet of many of the restaurant’s “signature menu items,” such as tilapia piccata and chicken mushroom marsala.

“And of course there will be desserts,” she added, noting a cash bar will also be available.

Tam is expecting about 100 people for the evening.

“It’s very casual and people come and go,” she said. “I can’t believe we’re celebrating seven years.”