As the FIFA World Cup advances forward (with all of its referee & replay debates, droning vuvuzelas and continued wins from Germany 🙂 ), Atlanta has been celebrating in its own way, by way of the charitable, month-long event, the Atlanta International Soccer Fest. All proceeds, all month, have been going towards SOS Children’s Villages and the organization’s relief efforts in Haiti.
The event kicked off on Friday, June 11th to coincide with the first game of the FIFA World Cup. Held at the World Trade Center in downtown Atlanta, people from all walks of life came together and enjoyed a great show by Drum Café Atlanta. The following day, 20 teams from across Atlanta, each representing a different country, competed in the Atlanta International Soccer Fest Tournament. Over 700 people attended the day-long event at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park, despite the blazing sun and the walking-into-a-sauna type humidity. Team Germany played their hearts out, but in the end the teams from Brazil, Kenya and CBS Radio ended up taking each of their groups.
Over the course of the month, thirteen different restaurants across metro-Atlanta have been hosting viewing parties for the FIFA World Cup games, with 15% of proceeds from special Soccer Fest menu items being donated to SOS Children’s Villages. We’ve been gathering at Ormsby’s, with a great crowd for last Wednesday’s game versus Ghana, and a fantastically dedicated group for Sunday morning’s game versus England. We’ll be there again this Saturday (3 July at 10:00am) for Germany’s next game against Argentina and you are more than welcome to join us.
To wrap up the month, the Atlanta International Soccer Fest will be hosting a closing party on Friday, July 9 at the W Hotel Buckhead. Advanced tickets are $20 per person (and can be bought by emailing email@example.com), with all of the proceeds going to SOS Children’s Villages. For the price of admission, you will get a great party from 7-11pm, DJ’ed by Atlanta’s DJ Salah Ananse, with food from Chef Jean-Georges‘ Market Restaurant, VIP access to the W Buckhead’s roof-top Whiskey Blue bar, discounted VIP parking, free VIP admission to an after-party at the new Havana Club, and the opportunity to receive discounted room rates at the W Buckhead on the night of the party.
Then on Sunday, July 11th, the last game will be enjoyed at all of the different participating watch party restaurants across the city. Whichever teams make it to that final game, you can bet that every bar, restaurant, or place with a TV in Atlanta will be packed!