Join us for the 18th Annual Balser Celebration!
Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 4:30pm-7:30pm | Location TBD

For the 18th year in a row, join collaborative partners: Atlanta Jewish Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and United Way of Greater Atlanta for the Balser Celebration, one of Atlanta’s premier educational and networking events for Professional Advisors.

The Balser Celebration, previously called the Balser Symposium was started to honor Jack Balser, who, for 13 years, served as Endowment Director of Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Through Jack’s efforts, the number of planned gifts in the community grew dramatically and more donors and professional advisors were educated about the importance of planned giving in philanthropy. Jack’s efforts decades ago popularizing this type of strategic giving continue to bear fruit today.

To honor Jack’s contributions, a group of generous donors including Betty Ann Jacobson of blessed memory, Steve and Candy Berman, Richard Babush, Carole Babush of blessed memory, and Lois and Larry Frank established an endowed fund to continue his legacy of teaching professional advisors about philanthropic giving.

Register below for our 2024 event!


Balser Symposium Committee

Committee Chair
Thompson Turner | Djuric Spratt

Committee Co-Chair
Tesh Patel | Cohen Pollock Merlin Turner, P.C.

Committee Members
Adon Solomon | Fox Rothschild LLP
Annelie Soard | Adams Capital
Diaka Burke | Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Hays Evans | Clover Capital Partners LLC
Josh Dukelow | Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Kaylin Berinhout | Atlanta Jewish Foundation
Mary Francis Callis | Diversified Trust
Michelle Staes | United Way of Greater Atlanta
Shellee Spagnoletto | South State Bank

This event is brought to you by:

community foundation of greater atlanta
United Way - United Way of Greater Atlanta

Presented By:

Platnum Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

Bessemer trust
HDH Advisors LLC