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Inaugural South Cobb BBQ & Blues Fest Coming to Riverside EpiCenter

October 1, 2014

SC-BBQ-Blues-Logox400The first ever South Cobb BBQ & Blues Fest will take place on Oct. 10 & 11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Riverside EpiCenter. The entire family is invited come out for this highly anticipated event featuring some of the best barbecue and Blues music around. The price of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years old.

Attendees will enjoy live entertainment provided by locally and nationally recognized Blues artists, tasty food, exciting raffles and kids zone that’s sure to be fun for the whole family.

The barbecue competition will be officially sanctioned by the Georgia Barbecue Association. Professional BBQ cooks from around the country, including Big Moe Cason, Michael Character and Robby Royal from the hit television show, BBQ Pitmasters, will be competing for over $11,000 dollars in cash and prizes. There will be additional prizes and payouts for competitors in the amateur competition.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Amateur Advocate Association,  a nonprofit organization whose goal is to serve after-school programs in the South Cobb area.

For more information about the South Cobb BBQ & Blues Fest, visit


Kennesaw State University to Host Invisible to Visible Fundraising Reception

September 30, 2014

Nationally over 58,000 students reported on their 2012-2013 FAFSA they were struggling with homelessness issues. Since August 2011, Kennesaw State University has worked to eradicate this issue on its campus via the Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment (CARE) Center. The CARE Center has served over 100 KSU students who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless.

This year the 2014 Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW) events will be held November 3-8 providing faculty, students and staff an opportunity to participate and learn more about homelessness. In addition, the CARE Center will host Invisible to Visible: A Fundraising Reception Benefiting Homeless KSU Students through scholarships and service on Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. Join KSU in celebrating the successes of the students they serve and those they hope to reach.

For more information about the CARE Center, visit or click here to watch a video on the program.

To RSVP for the Fundraising Reception, click here.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided by our award winning KSU Culinary and Hospitality Services Catering department. Please click here for directions to Kennesaw State University. The Jolley Lodge is building #34 on the campus map. For more information, contact Marcy Stidum, or call 470-578-6600.

Brunswick Offering Fundraiser (Fun Raiser!) Opportunities in October

September 23, 2014

Brunswick Zone XL Kennesaw and Brunswick’s Marietta would love to host your next company outing! Combine your company event with a charity fundraiser, while having a great time doing it. Enjoy all that Brunswick has to offer with private access for only your group, with the opportunity to raise substantial funds for your charity.

Contact Gemma Ames at Brunswick to begin planning your event at or call 770-354-8536.

Fundraiser Buy Out Flyer

New Home of the Braves Named “SunTrust Park”

September 16, 2014

SunTrust ParkThe new Home of the Braves has its name:  SunTrust Park.

Committed to building the communities they serve, Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) and the Atlanta Braves today announced a partnership for the naming rights of the new Home of the Braves, slated to open in the spring of 2017.  The development will be the first of its kind – a destination that combines a state-of-the-art Major League Baseball ballpark with a simultaneously constructed multi-use community including unique shops, restaurants, offices and residences.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to partner with a great organization that shares our values for winning and serving the community,” said SunTrust Chairman and CEO William H. Rogers, Jr.  “This partnership provides SunTrust increased visibility on a regional and national level through a truly unique mixed-use development that will attract fans and visitors throughout the year.  Importantly, it will help us reach more people as we fulfill our bank’s purpose of lighting the way to financial well-being.”

In honor of hometown hero Hank Aaron, Rogers announced a $100,000 contribution from the SunTrust Foundation to the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. The Chasing the Dream Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to young people with limited opportunities so that they may develop their special talents and pursue their dreams.

“The new ballpark constitutes a new chapter in Atlanta Braves baseball, and we are excited that SunTrust has decided to build upon our decades-long relationship and embark on this journey with us,” said Atlanta Braves Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk.  “Both of our organizations have deep roots in Atlanta and loyal fans throughout the Southeast and across the nation.  We couldn’t imagine a more perfect partner and look forward to seeing the first pitch at SunTrust Park in 2017.”

The 25-year agreement includes marquee signage for SunTrust as well as additional signage and promotional opportunities throughout the ballpark and adjacent mixed-use complex.  Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

SunTrust Park is being developed by the Braves in partnership with the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority.  Construction is scheduled to start later this year and will be completed by Opening Day 2017.  Located in Atlanta at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the bustling Cumberland CID, SunTrust Park will flow directly into the surrounding development, creating a vibrant atmosphere with unique shops, restaurants and entertainment venues that is accessible 365 days a year, not only on Braves game days.

For more information, visit

About Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are the National League’s winningest franchise since 1991. During that time, Braves teams have earned two National League wild cards, 15 division championships, five National League pennants, and a World Series title.  Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves franchise is the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball.  Follow the Braves at

About SunTrust Banks, Inc.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation’s largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients.  As of June 30, 2014, SunTrust had total assets of $182.6 billion and total deposits of $133.3 billion.  Through its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, the company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels.  The company also serves clients in selected markets nationally.  Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services.  Through various subsidiaries the company provides mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, investment management, equipment leasing and investment banking services.  Learn more at

WellStar Generates More Than $2 Billion for Local and State Economy

September 15, 2014

WellStarColorAccording to a new report from the Georgia Hospital Association, WellStar Health System generated more than $2 billion in revenue for the local and state economy over a one-year period. The report by the state’s largest hospital trade association also found that WellStar sustained 16,116 full-time jobs through direct employment and employment in supplementary businesses during the same time frame.


Beyond the economic benefit to the local economy, WellStar has a positive impact on the community.  The System provided more than $200 million in unreimbursed care last year.  That includes $138 million for patients who couldn’t pay their bills.


“Beyond being a major contributor to the local economy, WellStar Health System is providing total family world-class care close to home,” said Reynold Jennings, CEO of WellStar Health System.  “WellStar will continue to improve access to care and find innovative ways to meet the healthcare needs of our community, while remaining a good steward of the public’s trust.”


WellStar is well positioned for the future.  Through forward-thinking leadership, WellStar has remained financially strong, even as regulation and reimbursements in the healthcare industry are in flux.  Many hospitals and health systems in Georgia are struggling to adapt to the changing landscape.  Presently, 42 percent of all hospitals in Georgia are operating with negative margins.


“This study demonstrates that Georgia hospitals do much more than provide lifesaving health care services: They are a major part of the economic vitality of the communities they serve throughout the state,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “The mere presence of a hospital in a community offers residents access to well-paying jobs that are close to home while serving as a key factor in attracting other businesses to open in, or move to, that area.”


About WellStar Health System

Recognized as the fifth most integrated healthcare delivery system in the country, WellStar Health System is the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia and serves a population of more than 1.4 million residents in five counties. The vision of WellStar is to deliver world-class healthcare. A national leader in the transformation of healthcare delivery, WellStar launched the Center for Health Transformation and the Georgia Health Collaborative that will have far-reaching effects on healthcare both locally and nationally. WellStar includes WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital) and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Medical Group; Urgent Care Centers; Health Parks; Pediatric Center; Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; and the WellStar Foundation. For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit

New Training Offered to Nonprofit Boards of Directors

September 12, 2014

Glenda-Hicks-headerThe Cobb Chamber has partnered with the Cobb Community Foundation, the Cobb Community Collaborative and nonprofit CPA Glenda Y. Hicks to present a critically needed new training series in October 2014.

The purpose of this 8-hour certificate training series is to develop a pipeline of formally trained individuals to serve on nonprofit Boards of Directors who serve clients in Cobb County.  Learn More

Below is the special early registration information, which is available through September 15.

Early Registration is Now Open
$199 early registration through September 15 (then $225)
for 8 training hours — space is limited please register now.

Training will take place at the Mansour Center. Two time/date options are available.

Option 1 — Tuesdays:                                          Option 2 — Thursdays:
October  14 — 8:00 am to 12:00 noon                    October 16 — 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
October 21  — 8:00 am to 10:00 am                       October 23 — 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
October 28  — 8:00 am to 10:00 am                       October 30 — 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Cobb EMC Directors Recognized for Board Excellence

September 11, 2014
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(Marietta, GA – Sept. 2, 2014) – National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson bestowed a “Cooperative Spirit Award” on Cobb EMC directors during a visit to the Marietta, Georgia-based cooperative. Member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, not just in the U.S. but around the world, operate according to a core set of seven cooperative principles. NRECA’s Cooperative Spirit Award recognizes the commitment by co-op leaders to adhere to these principles in all aspects of management.

“Cobb EMC directors are putting the interests of its members first. This Cooperative Spirit Award honors their commitment to live up to the seven cooperative principles,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson. “The Cobb board’s focus on members shows the cooperative difference.”

Cobb EMC’s directors are the first recipients of NRECA’s Cooperative Spirit Award and have focused efforts on increased transparency and accountability, stronger governance and lower operating costs.


Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (Cobb EMC), a not-for-profit electric cooperative, safely delivers reliable electricity to more than 175,000 residential and commercial members in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, and Paulding counties. Cobb EMC’s distribution system consists of 9,101 miles of line over 432 square miles. With more than 192,000 meters served, Cobb EMC is one of the largest of Georgia’s 41 EMCs and among the largest of the nation’s 900 EMCs. For more information, visit, or follow Cobb EMC on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.


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