Mama Bear, 

Isn’t it time that YOU were told a bedtime story?

Isn’t it time that YOU were tucked into bed?

Well, I have the perfect book (and event) for you!

Hi, I’m Jo Dodd,

An author, coach and mum to four sons! In the past two years, I’ve published four books!

Three are children’s books, written with my younger sons, which focus on the power of positive thinking, embracing diversity and crushing fear. 

The fourth, most recent book, is a one of a kind picture book for mums called Dear Mama Bear with the F*cked up Hair!

This is not just a silly book with a shocking title. It is a beautifully illustrated poem that tells an authentic, poignant, dark, sometimes funny account of motherhood.

It represents my journey of silently battling depression for over a decade, showing up every day with a smile on my face yet internally feeling dejected, lost and alone.

Having taken action and come through my depression, I have a passion to shine a light on mental health awareness for moms. This book is my first step in doing just that. 

One of the first steps I took to overcome my depression was learning to ask for help.

I need your help!

To celebrate the launch of my book, I’m throwing a party! An elegant gala event at the Magnificent Atlanta Marriott Marquis!

But it’s more than just a party. Like a rising tide that floats all boats, I’ve been inspired this year by so many female entrepreneurs who are excelling in their businesses AND paying it forward in their community.

I decided to do the same. The first annual Rising Tide Gala will benefit Bert’s Big Adventure which is an incredible organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.


Join us for an inspirational evening!

Admission ticket includes:

  • Reception with hors d’oeuvres & cash bar
  • 3 course dinner
  • Live performances
  • DJ and dancing to end the evening!

All proceeds from the event will benefit Bert’s Big Adventure.


Atlanta Marriott Marquis

265 Peachtree Center Ave NE

Atlanta, GA 30303


Sleeping rooms available $139 King/$159 Double – ask for the Rising Tide Gala room block.


Thursday, December 8, 2022

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Reception opens at 6:00PM,  Dinner served at 7:00 PM


Last year, my younger sons and I raised $1,500 for Bert’s Big Adventure and we sponsored the backpacks that the kids and their families carried around the park for the 2022 trip.

This year, I’m determined to blow that amount out of the water and I am asking for your help to do that. 

We’re coming into the holiday season. It’s a time of celebration, gratitude, reflection and giving.

The Rising Tide Gala will be a heart-warming, inspiring event. It’s been too long since we’ve had a chance to dress up and celebrate!

Why not join me? 

We’ll have a reception, dinner and dancing!

There will be a silent auction, I’ll read my book live on stage and we even have a couple of surprise performances – be sure to bring some tissues and make sure to wear your waterproof mascara!

So, here’s my ask: purchase a ticket to the event, tell your friends – why not even sponsor a table and make it a fun and inspiring girls night out for the holidays (and of course guys are welcome too!)

If you can’t attend, consider a personal donation or corporate sponsorship to help us ensure a spectacular event and to raise money to create magical moments for some very deserving families.

For more information, email

Thanks for being here and supporting this event in any way that you can!

Mama Bear, it is time that YOU did something for you!

Come and celebrate with me and let’s kick off the holiday season with style!