When our friends at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry invited Best Self to their gorgeous offices to speak with Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and his wife, Kim, we jumped at the chance.
Not only is Tim making headlines for his amazing pitching skills, but he and Kim are also making news doing good things with their foundation, the Hudson Family Foundation. Currently partnered with the Smiles for Life Foundation, the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is donating the proceeds from each teeth whitening performed at their office to Smiles for Life and the Hudson Family Foundation.
When we sat down to talk to the Hudsons, they were not only friendly, but also generous with their time, easy to talk to and down to earth. We were joined by Dr. Debra Gray King from the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, who shared her thoughts on the partnership as well. The great experience continued with the photo shoot with the Hudsons which became this issue’s cover.
Braves pitcher Tim Hudson, 35, is one of Atlanta’s brightest sports stars, recently named to the National League All-Star team. But in the eyes of Tim and his wife, Kim, children are the stars, and the Hudsons are dedicated to helping them, despite daunting odds.
The two began the Hudson Family Foundation a year ago in the face of uncertainty, much like Tim’s return to the Braves’ lineup this season. As the two launched the foundation to help children in need, Tim was recovering from elbow surgery with no guarantee he would ever play again. His contract was up with the Braves, and the economic crisis was making it difficult to move forward.
Despite advisors and friends urging them to wait, the Hudsons forged ahead with their dream to start the foundation because they felt so blessed to have three healthy children. The mission of the foundation is to make a positive and long-lasting impact in the lives of children who have a genuine need for assistance with regard to a specific physical, emotional or financial circumstance. In its first year, the foundation raised more than $150,000 for children and families in need. Meanwhile, Tim is back with the Braves in top form.
The Hudsons’ philosophy for the Foundation is to cast a wide net. “Our passion for our mission to help children and families in need is as strong as ever,” Kim says. “And our goal is to continue to do all we can to serve those who need us. We are extremely thankful for the support we’ve received from the community thus far, but in order to broaden our impact, our wish is to get even more of our community involved in our efforts.”
Earlier this year, the foundation received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from Emory University. The award recognizes and celebrates organizations whose work exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tim also was honored by the Atlanta Sports Council as Atlanta Sports Person of the Year. This award recognizes the metro Atlanta athlete who demonstrates superior physical ability in his sport, while epitomizing the highest standards for leadership, sportsmanship and integrity.
To celebrate its 1-year anniversary, the Hudson Family Foundation launched two major fundraisers: Club One Five, presented by STATS Atlanta, and the Hudson’s Honky Tonk Benefit Weekend being held on Nov. 19 and 20 and culminating with a country music concert, featuring Jason Aldean and Luke Byran, at the Gwinnett Center and Arena on Nov. 20. Fans are encouraged to join Club One Five (named in honor of Tim’s number) by pledging to contribute a specific amount of money for every win Tim records, every batter he strikes out, every start he makes and/or the number of innings he pitches during the 2010 regular season.
All contributions are tax deductible and will directly benefit children and families in need throughout Georgia and Alabama. Members who keep their Club One Five pledges going throughout the season and donate $1,000 or more by Oct. 5 will be invited to join Tim and his friends for an exclusive end-of-season party to be held at STATS in late October.
Partnered with the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry through the end of the Braves baseball season, the Hudson Family Foundation will receive 50 percent of proceeds from all teeth whitening treatments, with 50 percent going to the Smiles for Life Foundation (www.smilesforlife.org).
Jill Lerner contributed to this article
The Smiles for Life Foundation
The Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry and Dr. Debra Gray King work with Smiles for Life, an organization of dentists who provide free or discounted teeth whitening with the proceeds going to seriously ill, disabled and underprivileged children in Atlanta and around the world. Thanks to their patients, the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry raised more than $100,000 in the last four years in charitable donations by offering teeth whitening at a discounted cost. To learn more, visit www.atlantacenterforcosmeticdentistry.com or www.smilesforlife.org
Hudson Family Foundation Fundraisers
Club One Five
Pledges collected now through Oct. 5, 2010
Party to be held at STATS Restaurant in late October
300 Marietta Street NW,
Atlanta, Ga. 30313
Hudson’s Honky Tonk Benefit Weekend
Nov. 19 and 20, 2010
The weekend will feature a weekend of activities, highlighted by a country music concert at Gwinnett Center & Arena
Gwinnett Center & Arena
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway,
Duluth, Ga. 30097