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Former Falcon Jamal Anderson to appear at gala


Former Atlanta Falcons player Jamal Anderson will be on hand this Saturday for a gala benefiting Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome therapeutic center opening in Midtown this summer.

The event, themed “I Have a Voice, ” is 7 p.m. Saturday at the downtown Ritz-Carlton.

Dr. Jeannie Visootsak, medical director of the Down Syndrome Clinic at Emory’s medical school, will be honored at the gala and local radio personality Trevor Paschal will emcee the event.

Gigi’s Playhouse will offer free tutoring, support groups, therapies and other programs.

“Down Syndrome effects one in every 800 births in the United States today, ” said gala chair Adrienne Mulligan, president of The Skate Foundation, a benefactor for Gigi’s Playhouse. “By raising awareness of the importance of early intervention programs and the great contributions those with Down Syndrome can make to our society, we are giving them the voice they deserve.”

Event tickets are $175 each. See

By the way, I’m closing comments for this blog and have removed several that were posted. I’m sorry that an item on a charity function attracted so many negative comments. Apologies to the gala organizers, who have worked hard on an event to benefit a great cause.

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February 21st, 2011
8:46 pm

The guy is doing a good deed. Let it rest asswipes.

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February 22nd, 2011
7:18 am

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February 22nd, 2011
7:40 am

Lay off people…I am sure the same people who made all the drug use comments have tried/and or currently on some type of illegal drug…so shut up!

Rich Black

February 22nd, 2011
7:45 am

Never heard of him.


February 22nd, 2011
8:32 am

What is wrong with you people? It is a charity event!


February 22nd, 2011
8:44 am

i don’t no what Jamal’s been doing for the last few years but he put the falcon’s on his back and took them to the only Super bowl i can remember. When i personally new Jamal he was one hell of a nice guy! I don’t know about his personal life but he’s an Atlanta Icon as far as I’m concerned and I wish he could have overcome his injuries .


February 22nd, 2011
9:10 am

There are two types of people in the world…the caught and the uncaught. Many of you posting these negative comments have done things in your past as well and the difference between you and Jamal is that he was caught in his mess and you weren’t. Not only that, but you are still in your mess.


February 22nd, 2011
10:34 am

This event is for a great cause that will benefit close to 1,000 children in Georgia & their families.


February 22nd, 2011
10:39 am

Its quite sad in this day and time that one’s past can not be overlooked for doing such a good deed as participating and supporting a worthy cause. The very idea that Jamal would agree to come out for such an event speaks volume to his character. If he has used drugs in the past, so what? There is no one on this blog without sin. The true test is how to go about seeking forgiveness and aiding those who might not otherwise know that redemption is all about a change of heart! Good luck Jamal! I look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event and supporting GiGi’s Playhouse.