Truist Atlanta Open Feeding Frontline Healthcare Workers
Editor's Note: If not for COVID-19, the Truist Atlanta Open would be taking place this week. This story was originally published on 13 April 2020.
The Truist Atlanta Open announced that it is joining with partner, CIGNA, to feed some of Metro Atlanta’s frontline healthcare workers at Northside Hospital Cherokee on behalf of GF Sports, the Truist Atlanta Open, CIGNA and Waffle House.
The Waffle House Food Truck will visit Northside Hospital Cherokee on Tuesday, 14 April from 10am-2pm to feed the daytime shift and on Wednesday, 15 April, from 8pm-12am for the night shift.
“Northside Hospital and Waffle House are two of our key partners, not only during the nine days of the Truist Atlanta Open, but throughout the year,” said Eddie Gonzalez, Truist Atlanta Open Tournament Director. “They, like many others, are being affected by COVID-19.”
The Truist Atlanta Open and its partners wanted to do something for those right in their own community, so bringing an Atlanta institution like Waffle House out seemed like a perfect fit.
“We're not just a tennis tournament, we're a major community event,” added Gonzalez. “We have tremendous community partners, and they have stepped up in critical times. It's our way of doing something to help support Northside Hospital and those hero frontline healthcare workers, along with our great partner Waffle House who is being hit through this as well , with all of their stores being closed other than take out.”
With the merger of BB&T and SunTrust Bank, the BB&T Atlanta Open has now become the Truist Atlanta Open as the popular Midtown Atlanta event celebrates its 10th Anniversary. This year’s event is scheduled from 25 July to 2 August.
In addition, the tournament’s charity partner, Giving Kitchen, was one of nine charitable causes to receive a $15,000 ATP ACES for Charity grant this year. The ATP 250 first began working with Giving Kitchen in 2017.
Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources, with the goal of helping foster a food service community in which crisis is met with compassion and care, providing direct grants to food service workers based on financial need and a qualifying crisis. The ATP ACES For Charity grant will provide a minimum of eight crisis grants, providing peace of mind and stability to a food service worker and their family.