Meet Matt Ryan, John Smoltz by supporting WSB's Care-a-Thon

There's no better cause to support than WSB's annual Care-a-Thon , benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. And lending your support could lead to an incredible opportunity to meet two of Atlanta's most beloved sports heroes.

The 17th annual News 95.5 & AM 750 WSB Care-a-Thon will air Thursday and Friday (July 27-28). Donations made to the WSB Care-a-Thon will help fund family support services, research and the fellowship program at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Supporters at special levels will have some exclusive opportunities.

On Tues., Oct. 17, Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan will host Dinner for Two with No. 2 at Maggiano’s in Buckhead. The first 100 callers to make a donation of $1,500 to the Care-a-Thon will receive two tickets to dinner followed by an intimate Q&A session with Ryan and one of his Falcons teammates. Each pair of guests receives a photo with Ryan and his guest and an autographed football from Matt.

We've covered this event in the past and can attest: it's an incredible night with great food, fun conversation and an incredible opportunity to meet Matt and hear from him and his teammates.

“This effort to find a cure for childhood cancer means so much to Sarah and me," No. 2 says. "We took a couple of years, before we decided on the Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, but we’re so glad we did.  This terrible disease kills more of our children than any other and we’re committed to doing whatever we can to help.

“This is our fifth ‘Dinner For Two With #2” and it just keeps getting better and better each year," Ryan continued. " The first year we had Tony Gonzalez, then Roddy White, Falcon’s legend Steve Bartkowski, and last year, Mohamed Sanu," Ryan said. "I’m still working on this year’s guest, but I can promise it will be the best yet.  The highlight of the evening for me each year is the intimate Q & A after dinner.  It’s a lot of fun and we’ve found that nothing is off limits – it’s better than Hard Knocks."

Longtime Braves closer John Smoltz is getting into the action as well. On Sunday, Aug. 13, the Hall of Famer hosts his annual Atlanta Braves Celebrity Am Draw Party and Auction at the exclusive City Club of Buckhead.  The first 25 callers to make a donation of $1,000 to the Care-a-Thon will receive two tickets to the party, as well as an autographed John Smoltz baseball and jersey signed by Smoltz and his longtime manager Bobby Cox.  The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes other sports celebrities, as well as a silent auction and live auction. 

As unbelievable as he was on the field all those years, Smoltz might be even more incredible in person. Having had the chance to interview him many times over the years and watch him interacting with fans, we can promise a memorable experience for those who will join him on Aug. 13.

"The Aflac Cancer Center has meant so much to me for so many years now," Smoltzie says. "We started off with the golf tournament 23 years ago and now, this is the third year we’ve had our 'Hall of Fame Package' as part of the WSB Radio Care-A-Thon.  I did it by myself the first year and then Tommy Glavine joined me last year.  This year, I’ve got the old Skipper, Bobby Cox, on board.”

You don't want to miss these opportunities! To reserve your space at either or both events, call the Care-a-Thon at 1-888-750-2772 or visit

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Jennifer Brett
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