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2023 IA Charity Golf Tournament Raises $23K+

The 11th Annual IATSE Charity Golf Tournament returned to the greens this past Saturday, April 29th, at the Flat Creek Country Club in Peachtree City. 30 teams from around Atlanta’s production community enjoyed a beautiful day of golf, raising more than $23,000 for the charity Nicholas House.


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2022 Atlanta IATSE Charity Golf Tournament Raises More Than $24,000

Following a 2-year pandemic hiatus, the annual IATSE Charity Golf Tournament returned to the greens this past Saturday, April 30th, at the Flat Creek Country Club in Peachtree City. 27 teams from around Atlanta’s production community faced off over the course of 5 hours under warm April skies, raising more than $24,000 for the charity Meals on Wheels Atlanta.


Click here to view photos from the 2022 Tournament


2022 Sponsors & Hosts

The 2022 tournament was hosted by IATSE Local 479 and co-hosted by IATSE Local 798, and organized by members of the Local 479 Golf Committee and supported by Local 479’s Women’s Committee. Local businesses and organizations stepped forward to sponsor holes (full list below).


The Cause

This year’s tournament marked 10 years of charitable support by members of IATSE for organizations making a difference around Georgia.

Meals on Wheels Atlanta logo

This year’s charity was Meals on Wheels Atlanta, a dedicated corps of volunteers delivering consistent meals to our senior neighbors. The meals they serve are nutritious and delicious, prepared by experienced chefs under the direction of a dietician. MOWA also provides a robust home repairs program, pet food supplies, and an emergency food pantry. They are on a mission to end senior hunger in Atlanta.


The 10th Annual IATSE Charity Golf Tournament raised $24,594 toward this noble cause.


Joshua Rumohr, Chief of Organizational Strategy for Meals on Wheels Atlanta, accepted the donation on behalf of the organization, thanking teams and sponsors at the opening acknowledgements before tee-off:

“Thank you so much. We can’t do what we do at Meals on Wheels Atlanta without the support from community organizations. What we do is an extremely important mission and we know that the need grows more and more every day. We are blessed to be the beneficiary of gifts like this.”
– Joshua Rumohr, Chief of Organizational Strategy for Meals on Wheels Atlanta


The Course

Flat Creek Country Club in Peachtree City is a 27-hole championship golf course featuring three diverse nines: Homestead, Old Mill, and Graveyard.

Overview map of the Flat Creek Country Club golf courses.

Scramble Rules

To accommodate 27 teams in a reasonable period of play time this tournament is run as a “scramble”, with each team taking a score at the end of each hole based on the single best shots from each position on that hole. Each of the 27 teams was assigned a starting hole from among the 27 available holes on the course, playing to complete an 18-hole round of golf.



First Place

Team Moose Lighting walked away with the best team score, each player in the foursome winning:

  • A bottle of Bushwood Front 9 Ultra-Premium Kentucky Bourbon
  • Bose speakers donated by Oz Magazine
  • $25 Visa Gift Card
  • $15 banjo coffee card


Putting Contest

Frankie Madero of Team Get Real #2 took this prize, winning:

  • Won a barbecue grill
  • certificate for a round of golf for 4 at a Canongate club


Longest Drive

Joe LaGanke of Team Moose won for the longest drive on hole 3 of the Homestead, while Conner Dickerson of Team Minion Madness won for the longest drive on hole 6 of Old Mill. Each player won:

  • A bottle of Bushwood Front 9 Ultra-Premium Kentucky Bourbon
  • Personal Bose Bluetooth speaker


Closest Pin

Brian “Budge” Johnson of Team New Mafia won for closest to the pin on hole 3 of Old Mill with 8 feet 2 inches, while John Metcalfe of the IATSE 600 team won for his accuracy on hole 5 of Graveyard with 7 feet 7 inches. Each player won:

  • A bottle of Bushwood Front 9 Ultra-Premium Kentucky Bourbon
  • Personal Bose Bluetooth speaker
  • 2 premium cigars


Hole in One

This year’s prize was $10,000 – there were no winners.



Drawings were held for a variety of prizes.


Officers in Attendance

This year we were honored to host representatives from the International, including:

  • International President, Matthew D. Loeb
  • 4th Int’l Vice President / Dept. Director, Motion Picture & TV Production, Michael F. Miller
  • 9th Int’l Vice President, Phil LoCicero (President IATSE Local 478)
  • Assistant Department Director, Motion Picture & Television Production, Dan Mahoney
  • 12th International Vice President, C. Faye Harper


IATSE Local 479 (Host of Tournament)

  • President, Ray Brown
  • Business Agent, Mike Akins
  • Director of Membership, Kevin Amick
  • Labor Delegate, Myra Foy (Women’s Committee Chair)
  • Sergeant at Arms, Kathy Tonkin-Vazquez (Golf Committee Chair, Women’s Committee Co-Chair)


IATSE Local 798 (Co-Host of Tournament)

  • President, Angela Johnson
  • Field Representative, Samantha Reese


IATSE Local 52

  • Field Representative, Mandie Demeskey




Please join us in thanking our sponsors:


Full Hole

Channel Ocho

Cinelease (as well as a half-hole sponsor)

Cofer Brothers


Herc Entertainment

IATSE (the International)

IATSE Local 600

Independent Studio Services (ISS)

Lightscape Lighting Control

Moose Lighting

Print Lab

Reel Supplies

Trilith Studios

Venture Roofing


Half Hole

Sweet Jones BBQ Sauce

Haddad’s Inc.




Several alternates were introduced on the day of the tournament, so if you see an error please reach out to the IATSE Local 479 Golf Committee.


  • Steven Basso
  • Art Schultz
  • Jerry Parker
  • John Bowman
  • David Ghegan (alternate)


Cofer Brothers

  • Larry Parks
  • Steve Swinger
  • Keith Torrence
  • Reggie Austin
  • Will Holcomb (alternate)


Company Time

  • Ryan Ketchum
  • Jordan Tyson
  • Robert McWates
  • Michael Patterson



  • Brian Mohney
  • Jeff Horricks
  • Hayden Hill
  • Devin Hill


Derbend Management Assets

  • Brian Chustz
  • Brian Cooper
  • Jeff Mayday
  • Tom Lacy


Fore Guys

  • Dean Grimes
  • Clark Grimes
  • Sam Situmorang
  • Scott Dale


Get Reel #1

  • Stephen Gindorf
  • Tracy Stockwell
  • Steve Faser
  • Brynner Goen


Get Reel #2

  • Bongo
  • Ryan Campo
  • Frankie Madero
  • Brandon Remteria


Grip House

  • Gary Holmes
  • Mike Tyson
  • Will Frazier
  • Kris Gordon


IATSE International

  • Matthew D. Loeb
  • Mandie Demeskey
  • Michael Miller
  • Dan Mahoney
  • Phil LoCicero


MBS #1

  • David Irwin
  • Jeff Murrell
  • Larry Sher
  • Mitch Ursetta


MBS #2

  • Justin Memovich
  • Matt Penner
  • Derek Page
  • David Galindo


Minion Madness

  • W. Jones
  • Craig Dickerson
  • Gregg Curtis
  • Conner Dickerson


Newnan Mafia

  • Chris Cotone
  • Ron Hynson
  • Brian “Budge” Johnson
  • Scott Gaston



  • Danny Holcomb
  • Eric Wolff
  • Janet Street
  • Bruce Street


Power Lab

  • Ryan Naylor
  • Tyler Childs
  • Chris Spears
  • Andrew Fernandez


Propular Persons

  • John Sanders
  • Todd Bridges
  • Kamilla Bridges
  • Jason Parisher


Team Local 600

  • Jonathan Irizarry
  • Brian Rosso
  • John Metcalfe
  • Ian Forsyth


Team Local 798

  • Tim Reese
  • Luke Waki
  • Samantha Reese
  • Angela Johnson


Team Moose

  • Mitch McDannald
  • Joe LaGanke
  • Nick Gaston
  • Jared Parsons


Team Venture

  • Jason Thompson
  • Danny Coulter
  • Chris English
  • Ohio Chris


The Fore Casters

  • Kevin Cheatham
  • Craig Cheatham
  • Brian Richedi
  • Ryan Lizardi


The Little Rascals

  • Kelly Tillery
  • Mickey O’Neill (Alex)
  • William Hayes
  • Rick Gardner


Trash Talkers

  • Steve Ficke
  • Tom Zell
  • Joel Mitchell
  • Jeff McMahon



  • JoAnn Perritano
  • Curtis Myer
  • John Samson
  • Jim Scaiffe


Turn Down for Putts

  • Jesse Olivares
  • Christian
  • Travis Bobbitt
  • David Brown



  • Jude Levasseur
  • Nic Vallecillo
  • Drew Orcutt
  • Dennis Sikes

Members Build Emergency Covid-19 Hospitals

A group of members from IATSE Local 479 were part of a team hired to build two emergency hospitals to help Georgians in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many people living in Georgia’s rural counties lack access to comprehensive medical services, relying instead on regional hubs to fill that need. An early outbreak of Covid-19 in Albany propelled that region’s death rate to the same levels as Italy and New York City, demonstrating Georgia’s need for additional facilities for rural outbreaks.


Member Spotlight: Glenn Peison and Kazz Walding Helping Fellow Members Navigate GDOL Unemployment Claims Process

Several weeks ago Local 479 member Glenn Peison set up a Facebook group called Atlanta Art Department: Covid-19.  His original intention for the group was to serve as a resource for people to share and discuss the latest health and safety information pertaining to the emerging pandemic. 


Member Helps Fellow Medics Deploy to Fight Covid-19

It’s a typical Pandemic Wednesday for Elizabeth Cuvar as she drives south of Atlanta on Interstate 75 to pick up supplies for her job.  In the days before anyone had heard of Covid-19 Elizabeth worked as a medic in Georgia’s thriving film and television industry. Her resume included a variety of Marvel films, several television series, and a recurring stint as an instructor at IATSE Local 479’s training facility, where she trained her fellow members to become certified at performing CPR.
Today she is stopping by her union hall to pick up CPR training mannequins to take them on a field trip up to Atlanta, because these days Elizabeth is on the front line, working to save Georgians who have Covid-19.

IATSE Local 479’s offices are near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

In between film projects Elizabeth has been working as a first responder with FEMA and Homeland Security. She was recently called up when the Federal government began activating its nationwide emergency response teams for Covid-19.

Opportunity for Local 479 Medics
Knowing that her fellow medics in Local 479 had been sitting idle (like everyone else in the film industry sidelined by the Covid pandemic) Elizabeth has been reaching out to notify them of this opportunity.


Member Highlight: Stephanie Morales’ Crew Feeding First Responders

In mid-March of this year productions across the country were suspended in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.  As film workers everywhere went home to shelter in place we all realized that our industry might be facing an extended period without employment; no one knew what to expect next.

Local 479 member  and long-time Craft Services Key, Stephanie Morales, soon grew restless at home, feeling that there ought to be something that she could be doing to assist her community in the midst of this crisis.  One day she realized that she still had her Local 479 Vacation check in her wallet and thought to herself, “I’ve got to do something!”


IATSE Pride Float Benefits Charity

Still frame from television broadcast of the 2019 Atlanta Pride parade, featuring the IATSE Local 479 Pride banner and marchers from IATSE locals marching along the parade route, surrounded by cheering onlookers standing behind metal barriers.
IATSE Local 479 was represented on-air during a live broadcast by PeachtreeTV.

This past October marked IATSE’s first entry in the 49th Atlanta Pride Parade. Local 479 member Nate Dahlkemper spearheaded the effort, coordinating with members from Local 479 along with several other Atlanta-based IATSE locals over the course of a month to create a float commemorating classic “Old Hollywood”, complete with red carpet and a winding staircase.


2019 Kickball Winners

The official 2019 Charity Kickball t-shirt.

Last month Local 479’s Young Workers Committee hosted the 5th Annual Charity Kickball Tournament in the city of Atlanta, raising more than $32,000 for The W-Underdogs.

“Including last month’s tournament the Young Workers have raised more than $120,000 for local charities over the past 5 years!”

Glenn Peison, lead organizer 2019 games

With more than 3 months of planning, 48 sponsors, 16 raffle baskets, 300 dedicated players, and one very, very special charity, we can all be extremely proud of everyone who gathered to help make our annual kickball tournament possible and to give back to our community!


The 2019 Charity Kickball Tournament

It’s time for some KICKBALL!!!   This weekend our Young Workers Committee will kick off the 5th Annual Charity Kickball Tournament at Noon on Sunday, September 22nd at the Atlanta Public Schools Coan Building (1550 Hosea Williams Drive NE).

Even if you’re not on one of the 20 teams you can have a great time watching the epic gameplay on the field! As in years past we’re once again offering some incredible prize packages that will be raffled off over the course of the day.

The Mekhail Brothers will provide a delicious BBQ lunch complete with veggie options, and many of our sponsors will be present so stop by and thank them for making a difference in our community! Best of all, representatives from this year’s charity, W-Underdogs will have some dogs up for adoption at the event!

Help us make this fun tradition come to life again this weekend!!!

Keep reading to find out about our charity and PRIZES!!!


Registration Opens for 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

May 4th 2019 - the 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament


It’s nearly time once again to meet on the greens to find out who are the best golfers in the film industry! The 2019 tournament will be on May 4th and we’ll be raising money along the way for BeLoved Atlanta, a community of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution and addiction.


Officers from the IA also participate in our charity tournament!

This event is open to everyone, age 18 and over!