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Kasim Reed at Devyne Stephens’ party

From left, Kasim Reed, Donna Hyland, Devyne Stephens, Doug Hertz handling Stephens' big donation Tuesday night. Photo by Philip Shone

From left, Kasim Reed, Donna Hyland, Devyne Stephens and Doug Hertz handling Stephens' big donation Tuesday night. Photo by Philip Shone

Music industry exec Devyne Stephens gave Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta an early Christmas gift Tuesday night.

At his “Puttin’ on the Ritz” party held at the Atlanta History Center, he announced the donation of $300,000 to Children’s at Hughes Spalding. The donation, coinciding with the official unveiling of his foundation, Devyne Intervention, underscores his belief that “music has the universal power to heal.”

The guest list at Tuesday’s private, invitation-only affair, was a mix of entertainers, politicians and business leaders. Among the names:

Children’s president and CEO Donna Hyland; Children’s board of trustees chair Doug Hertz, artists Akon, Usher, Andre 3000, Cee-Lo and industry titans Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin, a couple of the Atlanta “Housewives,” assorted sports figures, outgoing City Council president Lisa Borders - and Atlanta’s next mayor, Kasim Reed.

There’s hizzoner, above, helping to heft a giant copy of Stephens’ check.

More photos coming!

- Jennifer Brett, jbrett@ajc.com

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