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Our Autumn Classic had a great response with over 83 attendees for the Braves game and 35 golfers.  Attendees joined at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel for pregame networking courtesy of Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions.  We loaded up on our first-class shuttle transportation and were once again escorted directly to the steps of SunTrust Park.  You could feel the excitement building as we arrived at the Battery and SunTrust Park.  Attendees gathered in the Hank Aaron Terrace, where they enjoyed time with each other and delicious food and beverages. GFDA’s Executive Committee chose to donate to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta during the Autumn Classic.  Thanks to those who registered for the event and those who made additional donations onsite, GFDA made a $4,100 donation during the Braves game.  After a night of cheering on our home town Atlanta Braves, fellowship with friends, and making new ones, attendees were escorted back to the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel for a restful night sleep.  

Overnight guests enjoyed a delicious breakfast and headed to our new course for this year, Dogwood Golf Club.  It is a beautiful course and the competition was great.  Our golf tournament featured unique prize opportunities for all golfers, including Hole in One Shots for prizes of $10,000, 4 Day / 3 Night Accommodations at the French Lick Resort, Travis Mathew Signature Head to Toe Outfit plus $500 Online Shopping Spree, $2,000 in complimentary Golf Courtesy of, and a drawing for our $1,000,000 Hole in One Shot Grand Prize. While we did not have any hole in ones, everyone gave it their best shot!  During our Awards Ceremony, GFDA awarded our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams, as well as our Longest Drive and 2 Closest to the Pin winners.  Crystal trophies and unique Braves autographed memorabilia were among the prizes.  Congratulations to our Golf Tournament winners! 

       • 1st Place Team – Jeff Jones, Bruce Rozar, Benji Cumbie and Julian Ward

        • 2nd Place Team – Josh Hendrix, Rob Lovein, Trev Fuller and Garth Waterfield

        • 3rd Place Team – Steve McMullen, Jaxon Cox, Dan Peeples, and James Bearden

        • Closest to the Pin Winner – Trev Fuller

        • Longest Drive Winner – Nick Padlo

GFDA’s Executive Committee and Executive Director would like to thank our 2018 Autumn Classic Committee Members, David Roach, Chris Messina, Dan Peeples, Jeff Jones, Kyle Aler, Nick Padlo, and Trev Fuller for their support and work on this event!  We extend a special thank you to David Roach for his tireless work on this event and for assisting in making every aspect a success!  We would also like to say thank you again to our Sponsors for their support! 

If you attended, we encourage you to share your photos on the GFDA app, on our Facebook page by using @GeorgiaFuneralDirectorsAssociation, or by emailing them to  This will allow us to share the memories with everyone!   

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