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Introducing the Wishmaker Platform

August 30, 2016

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Make-A-Wish Georgia is proud to announce the launch of a brand-new fundraising platform that brings donors closer to our mission than ever before.

With Wishmaker, supporters can virtually meet actual pending wish children, see their photo, read a brief story and then make a donation directly toward granting that child’s wish. Wishmaker then tracks the donations for each child to show how close their wish is to coming true.

After donating, supporters can then share on social media, challenge their friends to give and help spread the word. There are currently more than 700 children in Georgia waiting for their wish to come true and we need your help to make these wishes a reality.

Developed in partnership with PwC and Make-A-Wish America, this platform is completely digital, mobile friendly and socially connected. Visit to see Wishmaker in action!


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How to be a WISHMAKER

Make-A-Wish Georgia is thrilled to introduce the future of wish granting in our new fundraising website: Wishmaker. We were chosen as the first chapter in the country to pioneer this innovative new platform.

With over 700 children in Georgia waiting on their wish, we need your help to spread the word about this incredible opportunity to impact the lives of local families like never before.

Here’s how you can help:


  • To get people to buy-in, we need to lead by example.
  • Even a $5 gift works; we just need you to donate so you can challenge others to do the same.

2: CHALLENGE your friends on social media

  • Once you donate, you will be prompted to choose friends to CHALLENGE to join you as a Wishmaker through Facebook and Twitter.
  • Challenging others helps us to spread the word organically. People will respond much better if this is coming directly from you.
  • SAMPLE MESSAGE: I just became a #wishmaker by donating to help grant (child’s name) wish. Join me and a community of supporters in helping to make wishes a reality for over 700 children in Georgia. #WishComeTrue

3: CHALLENGE friends through text

  • You can also challenge your friends to join you as a donor through aSite Screenshot 08-24-16 text message.
  • A message will automatically be created for you on the platform.


  • We’ve created some sample posts for you to try out.
  • You can even download some social media graphics from our Dropbox account.
  • Commit to posting one on social media for the next 4-6 weeks to get the word out.
  • We know that people will need to hear this message multiple times. You are our voice!

5: CHECK BACK to Wishmaker to see the progress

  • Wishmaker allows you to see the progress being made toward funding your wish kid.
  • Use this to share updates with your social audience to encourage them to support..ewday
  • Remember, people will give because you believe!

6: PAT YOURSELF on the back

  • You are helping us make wishes come true for kids across Georgia
  • THANK YOU for your help to make sure that our Wishmaker site is a success.
  • Our kids our counting on us and we know that together, we will make an impact.


About Make-A-Wish® Georgia

Since 1995, Make-A-Wish Georgia has been granting the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience through hope, strength, and joy. In those 21 years, nearly 7,000 lives have been impacted by the Power of a Wish.

Make-A-Wish Georgia is a movement, powered by you, to renew families and communities disrupted by serious childhood illness. We all have the power to make wishes comes true. To learn how you can become a part of the story, visit


New Programs Approved for VA Education Benefits

August 29, 2016

College increases educational opportunities for military veterans and their spouses.

The College of Continuing and Professional Education at KSU is pleased to announce four new programs approved for VA Education Benefits. Active duty and honorably discharged members of the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines and National Guard may qualify for these educational funds.

  • Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis Professional
    Individuals who are able to transform data into actionable knowledge are in demand. The instructor-led FP&A program helps individuals learn the best practices for analyzing trends, building forecasts and creating financial models. This course is offered in partnership with the Association for Financial Professionals. The program is designed for individuals seeking credentials that will focus on mastering the core functions of the FP&A role.  Earning a Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional (FP&A) credential will establish students as recognized experts in the FP&A field.
  • Facility Management Professional
    Facility Management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, process and technology. This classroom-based program from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is the only one of its kind in the state of Georgia.
  • Professional Investigator
    Private Investigation has become a vibrant and intriguing profession. Today, a wide variety of agencies, law firms, insurance companies and government entities rely on savvy investigators who can unearth facts, compile evidence and contribute to the resolution of complex issues. Taught by a licensed and certified instructor with more than 20 years of investigative management experience, this dynamic course will prepare students for a career as a professional investigator.
  • AutoCAD Intermediate
    This program will teach the core topics required for preparing professional drawings using AutoCAD. Students will be able to better utilize productivity tools and learn how to work with constraints. They will create and organize more advanced blocks and layouts as well as build templates and annotation styles from scratch. They will learn how to use zoom commands, external references, QuickCalc, and dimensioning tools for a more complete and advanced drawing.

The College offers more than 30 programs which qualify for VA Education Benefits including Culinary Apprenticeship, Medical Assisting, Project Management and Web Design.

For more information on Military Education Funding, visit or call 470-578-6765.

Wellness Day South Cobb & Austell 5K

August 26, 2016

The Joining Hands In Wellness Partnership will be promoting our Annual “Wellness Day South Cobb & Austell 5K” event Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10AM – 3PM. The event location is Collar Park and Community Center, 2625 Joe Jerkins Blvd., Austell, GA 30106. The Austell 5K staging area is James Plaza, 2723 Jefferson Street, Austell, GA 30168 and starts at 8:00am. The main objective of this event is to introduce to the community what is Wellness, the purpose of it, and why it is so important. The event will consist of interactive activities and educational information to include, games, tennis and basketball clinics, free giveaways, prizes, Zumba, health screenings, food, entertainment and fun, with the purpose of informing individuals that live in the City of Austell and the South Cobb area about the many resources available in our community.

The purpose of collaborating in the Wellness Movement is to promote and support all aspects of wellness using SAMHSA’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness, as mental wellness being a key component. We want to reduce negative attitudes and raise awareness about the importance of overall wellness, support people in our community who need services, and build connections throughout Austell and the South Cobb community.

About Partnership Collaboration
Social Concepts and Development Services is an organization with a goal of bettering the community by becoming a bridge to all aspects of wellness. Along with Sweetwater Mission (formerly known as Christian Aid Mission Partners Partnership (C.A.M.P), a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to provide basic needs such as food, clothing, family services, and educational opportunities. Our additional partners, Austell Community Taskforce (ACT), Powder Springs Community Taskforce (PSCT) and Connecting Generations, along with several other organizations, have teamed up to promote wellness starting here in the City of Austell.

To learn more visit or call us at 770.485.1333.

Famed Tenor Paul Byrom Brings Thinking of Home Tour to KSU Center

August 25, 2016


Pau Byrom poster 2016-carol2Celtic Thunder’s star and Ireland’s premier tenor and performer PAUL BYROM returnsto the KSU Center by popular demand. Singing songs from all his albums and many more. In an intimate setting at KSU, Paul will tell stories of his life and times in the music industry along with many personal stories too. You will laugh and also shed the odd tear in what is truly an exceptional afternoon like no other.  With songs from his homeland and beyond like, You Raise Me Up, Isle Of Hope, Ave Maria, Ireland’s Call, Bring Him Home and many more…..this is an event NOT to miss.


Meet and Greet tickets get you in early to hear some of his sound check and have your photo with Paul. It also guarantees you priority seating! This will take place before the event at 1:30pm.  As always, Paul will be available after the concert to meet all ticket holders and sign autographs.


Event Date:  Sunday, October 2nd, 3-5pm

General admission ticket price:  $35

Meet and Greet + admission ticket price: $50

For Tickets and Information:

URGENT NEED: LC ’14 Alumni Accepting Donations for LA Flood Victims

August 25, 2016

Leadership Cobb2_PMSSeveral Cobb Chamber Leadership Cobb 2014 Class alums – Sean Murphy, John Loud, Steve Welsh and Jeff Daxe – have started a campaign to raise money and collect donations for people affected by the recent flooding in Baton Rouge. What started as an annual “guy’s weekend” took a turn when one of the members of the group suggested that instead of a weekend of kayaking in the GA mountains, that they consider driving to Baton Rouge to deliver relief supplies and help some of the folks whose homes were flooded. Things developed rapidly after that email, and by the end of the day they had raised several hundred dollars and gotten a commitment from LC ’14 classmate Don Keller for the truck with the driver. They also established the Cobb Cares for Baton Rouge Facebook group, and a GoFundMe account which is growing rapidly and has already surpassed $1,000 in less than 24 hours.relief

The plan is relatively simple; they have established three drop off points for donations in Smyrna, Marietta and Kennesaw, and are planning to fill a twenty-eight foot long box truck (or larger if needed) with relief supplies. The money raised will be used to fill the truck with water, non-perishable foods, toiletries, and other cleaning and school supplies that are badly needed. The group’s leader has reached out to local agencies and a large Baton Rouge church to ensure they can get the truck to a key area of distribution and get the supplies to those most in need. They plan to drive there Saturday, Aug. 27 to distribute to communities on the east side of Baton Rouge.

Items needed include bottled water, non-perishable food, diapers, school supplies, toiletries, clean used and new clothing (bagged), bedding, shoes, cleaning products, large plastic bins/tubs, etc. Please box supplies neatly or bag clothing.

How you can help:

  • Donate to the GoFundMe account they set up is:
  • Join the group on Facebook to learn more and contact the group: This is the best way to contact the organizer, Sean Murphy.
  • Smyrna Drop Off: Home of Sean and Michelle Murphy: 3282 Lee Street SE, Smyrna 30080
  • Marietta Drop Off: Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, LLP 326 Roswell St., Marietta 30060
  • Kennesaw Drop Off: Eaton Chiropractic/Venue On Main: 2847 S. Main Street, Kennesaw 30144
  • Drop-offs can be made from today until 1 pm Friday, Aug. 26 (8 am to 6 pm)

Leading in Education. KSU Partnership Provides Korean Educators ESOL and ESL Training

August 24, 2016

Several Korean educators participated in an intensive six-week training at KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education this fall. The group attended classes led by TESOL and ESL instructors that helped them improve their English teaching skills, fluency and cultural understanding. This marks the seventh group that has successfully completed the program.

“I learned several techniques and activities that I can use to make my class more fun and exciting,” said Jeff Lim, high school teacher. “American teachers are more active and engaged. From this program, I have learned to have this kind of attitude toward my classroom.”

Since September of 2013, the college has partnered with the International Teaching Training Institute, the designated institution for the Ministry of Education in Korea, to equip and prepare Korean teachers on everything from idioms to standardized testing. The goal of the Korean Ministry of Education is to further the standards of English education in Korea by exposing the educators to American methods and strategies.

“I experienced a variety of activities that we can use in the classroom,” said Crystal Ahn, middle school teacher. “The atmosphere in a Korean classroom is very different when compared to the American classroom. In Korea, the atmosphere is academic. Teachers always focus on testing, but American classrooms are more student-centered and very open.”

At the end of the training, the class was presented with individual certificates to mark their achievement. The ceremony was followed by a special luncheon and celebration at the KSU Center. Before returning to Korea, the educators completed a practicum-centered field study at several Cobb and Gwinnett County schools.

Languages Program Manager Lyn Cohen leads the global initiative.

“This program has hosted more than 150 Korean educators, and they in turn have the chance to impact hundreds of students back home,” said Cohen. “This is one of the great ways our college plugs in to the international learning community. We’re looking forward to hosting more exchange groups in the future.”

For more information, visit or call 470-578-6765.

National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic Tees Off at East Lake Golf Club

August 23, 2016

Founded in 1987, the NKF Golf Classic is the Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity. Each year thousands of golfers from across the country participate in events held at top venues across the country, playing for the chance to qualify for the National Finals at Pebble Beach. Participating golfers raise over $3.5 Million annually to benefit the NKF.  This year, East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta will play to host to this storied tournament on Nov. 7 .


  • Entertain current/prospective clients
  • Align your company with the Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity in your market
  • Build community goodwill and address corporate responsibility objectives
  • Support NKF in its mission! 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease. Over 73 million Americans are at risk because they have diabetes, hypertension, a family history of kidney failure, or over the age of 60.

Four person amateur scramble. Two competitive divisions:

  • Handicap Index Division: Each team must have a combined USGA Handicap Index of 42.0 or more/and only one player at 8.0 or less.
  • Gross Division: No Handicap Index required to compete.

Visit to register as a Sponsor or Foursome. You may also contact Krista Dasher at or 770-452-1539 EXT 611 with any questions or for more information.

54 Hole competitive play at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, along with other functions and evening activities.

Guests stay at the Inn at Spanish Bay – the #1 Best Golf Resorts in North America according to Golf Digest.


Be an East lake Golf Club Member for a day! All Sponsorships and foursomes include the exclusive East Lake “white glove treatment” (valet parking, locker room attendant, personalized locker and more) caddies, gift bags, lunch & awards reception,

Gold Sponsor – $7,500

• Two foursomes

• Two pin flags with company logo

• Company logo on mobile scoring system

Recognition on all event t-shirts

• One full size advertisement in the program

Silver Sponsor – $5,000

• One foursome

Company logo on mobile scoring system

Recognition on all event t-shirts

• One ½ page advertisement in the program

Bronze Sponsor – $3,000

• One foursome

Recognition on all event t-shirts

• One ¼ page advertisement in the program

 Caddie Cap Sponsor – $4,000 (One Available)

• One foursome

Name/logo on all caps that caddies will be wearing (hats provided by company)

Recognition on all event t-shirts

 Foursome – $2,500

Pin Flag Sponsor – $750 (Flag is yours to keep!)

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