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Jim and Christa Hyatt sponsor Heart & Soul Gala

Anticipation is growing as the 2018 Heart and Soul Gala nears and more community members step up to support the event.

Christa and Jim Hyatt have joined the growing list of community members have become supporting sponsors of the gala, a major fundraiser for St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital. The Gala will be held on Feb. 10 at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee.

The Hyatts, who are members of the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Foundation’s Founder’s and Patron’s Societies, have lived in many places including New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago. They found their way to Reynolds Lake Oconee while staying at the Ritz Carlton in 2006. Since then, they’ve transitioned into full-time Lake Oconee residents.

They realized the importance of having quality healthcare in the area after seeing their son persevere through medical school, residency and fellowship. This, and the easy access to a first-class healthcare facility, became a priority to them. The Hyatts appreciate the fact that Good Samaritan Hospital is only a few minutes’ drive in case of an emergency. They also appreciate the outreach that the hospital provides to those who cannot afford medical care. Jim and Christa have supported the 2014 and 2016 Galas as major sponsors, and Christa has been an integral part of the Heart and Soul Gala organizing committee since the event’s inception.

“The event is truly a labor of love and I am honored to be involved for the past three years,” Christa said. “I am so grateful to give back to the community by supporting something that is very important to everyone – the availability of good healthcare.”

“We are grateful to community members like the Hyatts who have generously given their time and resources to support our mission to provide quality healthcare to the community,” said Riezl Baker, Gala and Foundation Board Chair. “It’s people like them, who believe in giving back and sharing their time and talent, that makes this a great community to live and work.”

For more information on the Heart and Soul 2018 Gala, please contact Emily O’Rear at (706) 389-3926 or visit