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Honoring Our Public Safety Heroes

October 8, 2015

It’s pretty obvious that the Chamber loves Cobb County’s public safety officials. We don’t just give them a day of appreciation, but an entire week! We were proud to kick off Public Safety Appreciation Week with a breakfast and awards ceremony honoring the nominees and winners of this year’s Public Safety Awards. Here are a few highlights:


2015 Public Safety Employee of the Year Corporal Bo Jordan of the Acworth Police Department

Not only is Corporal Jo an exemplary leader, he also has earned the distinction of having seized more methamphetamine on one single traffic stop than any officer in the history of the department.


2015 Award of Merit Lieutenant Christopher Michael & Precinct II Evening Watch

Precinct II Evening Watch along with Lieutenant Chris Michael worked as a team to save the lives of a mother and her young,  daughter. By demonstrating courage along with genuine care and concern they saved lives and brought the man responsible to justice.


2015 Distinguished Achievement Award Officer Brent Homan from Puckett EMS

Officer Homan is a strong leader and has always had a desire to help others and his community. He even volunteers his time and talent to teach first aid and CPR.


2015 Distinguished Achievement Award Officer Chris Twiggs from the Cobb County Police Department

Detective Twiggs has been with the Cobb Police Department for 16 years, and has been the lead detective in over 27 murder investigations. He is thorough, professional and always the first one picked for the job.


2015 Medal of Valor Officer Mark Bishop of the Marietta Police Depatment

Officer Bishop is so dedicated to his job he’s willing to put himself in harm’s way to save the lives of others. One evening he drove head on towards a wrong way driver on I-75. Luckily the driver stopped just shy of Officer Bishop’s patrol car, but his loyalty to his job and community safety deserves much recognition.


A huge congratulations to all of our 2015 Public Safety nominees and award recipients! How will you show your appreciation this week? Check out the Cobb Chamber’s website at to see how you can get involved!

Henry’s Louisiana Grill’s 2015 “Liverversary” Celebration Raises Funds/Awareness for Organ Donation

October 7, 2015

HLG_blog-generalOn Thursday, October 8, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., Chef Henry Chandler commemorates the 7th anniversary of the liver transplant that saved his life with a celebration to help others who need the help of the Georgia Transplant Foundation.

This annual event, held upstairs at Henry’s, above the main restaurant, donates 100% of its proceeds, thousands of dollars, to the Georgia Transplant Foundation. The evening will feature signature Cajun dishes, a raffle for an Apple Watch, and a performance by “Songbird of the South” Melanie Denard. A live auction will include items such as:

A private dinner with Chef Henry

Henry’s original Uptown bar!

A condo stay in Gatlinburg

$500 gift card from Cabela’s

Golf for 4 at Cobblestone Golf

A shot gun from Governor’s Gun Club

Pearl’s Spa Absolute Indulgence package and more!

Chef Henry has planned a delicious assortment of dishes for the evening, including: Boiled Jumbo Shrimp, Bourbon Mac & Cheese, Mardi Gras Chicken, Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, Blondie Squares and Chef’s newest dessert, Gotta-Havit!“This is our 6th Liverversary Celebration and every year it gets better,” the chef said. “Last year we raised over $17,500 and we will, of course, top that this year. Every cent goes to someone just like me—someone so afraid they won’t make it and praying for the miracle of a donor,” Henry said. “We get more impressed every year with the generosity of our Henry’s family, how ready they are to jump in to give the gift of life to others.” Attendees can purchase general tickets ($60 each), which are only available through the Georgia Transplant Foundation by advance purchase only. Chef Henry loves an occasion to offer others Lagniappe, a Cajun term for “something extra.” On the night of the event, he’ll give 15% of all downstairs dining revenue to the Georgia Transplant Foundation, so that every diner can be a part of the important effort simply by having dinner at Henry’s on October 8. Chef Henry works tirelessly on the cause of organ donation, a cause so personally close to him, throughout the year. In 2007 Henry was diagnosed with a liver cancer that proved unresponsive to treatment. It left the Chef, so well known for his love of life, with one option for survival—a liver transplant. With many prayers from family, friends and restaurant patrons and the abilities of the Piedmont Hospital transplant team, Henry got his successful transplant on September 2, 2008. The Liverversary Celebration is just one of the chef’s efforts to raise awareness around the importance of organ donation. Each April he also encourages restaurant guests to sign up for the Donate Life Registry with his annual “Chef Henry’s Challenge to Save a Life,” during ‘Donate Life Month.’ This year over 1,000 individuals accepted Chef’s challenge and took the pledge at Henry’s Louisiana Grill. “Every year, this important celebration reminds me not only how happy and thankful I am to still be here, but how important it is to help others have the chance at their own ‘I survived’ anniversaries. The Georgia Transplant Foundation makes that happen and I want to do everything I can to help them do it,” Chef Henry said. “When you come and have an unforgettable time out at my house this October 8, you help make it happen too.”                                                                                        

Henry’s Louisiana Grill, which debuted in 2000, is an award-winning community gathering place with local and national acclaim. The menu is designed by award-winning Chef Henry Chandler, sparked by the Southern-inspired food he loved and prepared with his Nanny Castell as a child. With an emphasis on world-class hospitality and dishes using the finest ingredients, Henry’s Southern comfort cooking has people driving cross-country just for a taste.Henry’s Louisiana Grill is located at 4835 N Main St, Acworth, GA 30101. For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook.

Microsoft Office 365 Interactive Lunch & Learn Event to Offer Area Businesses “Bright Ideas”

October 6, 2015

Celeris_EmailHeaderPeople say that the brightest ideas are sometimes the simplest. Businesses of all types and sizes are always looking for ways to keep their competitive edge. The answer is simple: Regardless of what they do or who their customers are, businesses need efficiency, mobility, and security. Microsoft Office 365 has the tools help keep that competitive edge.

 On October 8th from 11:30 to 12:30, Celeris Networks is hosting Office 365: A Bright Idea for Businesses, an interactive Lunch & Learn where businesses can experience Office 365 like they’ve never seen it before. This informative, educational session is packed with bright ideas on what Office 365 can do for any business that wants to thrive.

 In just 1 hour of interacting with experts, watching demonstrations, and participating in hands-on exercises, attendees will learn how Office 365 can inspire them to new ways of thinking and working,

Details about Office 365: A Bright Idea for Business

October 8, 2015


Georgian Club, 17th Floor

Cost: $15

 RSVP at

Password: brightidea

Questions? Call 404.220.8338

Cobb Diaper Day

October 5, 2015

IJPJ_Cobb_Diaper_Day_LOGOThe Cobb Diaper Day Committee will be holding it’s Seventh Annual Diaper Day to collect, you guessed it, diapers for low-income families through the month of October. A community-wide collection will take place on October 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Glover Park on the Marietta Square.

All donated diapers will be given to the Center for Family Resources, MUST Ministries, Reconnecting Families, Sweetwater Mission, United Military Care and the YWCA of Northwest Georgia for distribution to help ease some of the burden of the hundreds of families with infants that enter their doors each month.

Did you know Food stamps do not include hygiene products such as diapers, and on average, the cost to purchase them is approximately $100 or more a month? Local non-profit agencies have daily requests for diapers, however due to limited supply and donations they can only dispense diapers 4 to 6 times a year per client. But you can help!

The Cobb Diaper Day Committee is asking the business community, concerned citizens and non-profit organizations to collect diapers for all ages and sizes from employees, members, friends and neighbors throughout the month of October. In the last six years, nearly 400,000 diapers have been donated to assist low-income families. You can call 404-276-0808 to arrange for volunteers to pick up the donations you’ve collected, or you can drop them off at Glover Park on the Marietta Square on Cobb Diaper Day.

Let’s make this the most successful Cobb Diaper Day ever! Visit for more information and find out how little things can make a big difference!

Max Your Georgia Gives Day Campaign

October 2, 2015


Georgia Gives Day is an initiative co-created by the nonprofit sector itself. It doesn’t support one cause or one locale – it’s all of us in the state’s nonprofit sector pulling together to ask you to stop and consider your life and your community without nonprofits. On November 12, 2015, we will challenge the public in a “flash mob of giving” focusing on one 24 hour period to see how much we can raise for Georgia’s nonprofits. 

On October 14, 2015, in partnership with Popmoney, we’re proud to throw our Georgia Gives Day 2015 campaign launch event, Max Your Georgia Gives Day Campaign.  This workshop is designed to bring together participating nonprofits with peers, experts, and the GCN team for a morning of knowledge sharing and camaraderie.

In this exciting two-part event designed for your executive, development, and communications teams, we’ll hear from a panel of seasoned campaign professionals, followed by breakout “huddles” to talk tactics about how to build community buzz, attract new donors to your cause, and leverage incentives to increase donations. So get your campaign rolling toward the biggest Georgia Gives Day ever!

This first-come, first-serve event is complimentary to all GCN members.

Not registered yet? You’ve still got time! We’ve extended the deadline to Oct. 8, so complete the quick registration process today at and kick off your campaign planning at our event!

Bilingual Volunteers Needed for Cobb County Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 1, 2015

ccsd_cp_wdmk_rgb_350pxThe Cobb County School District is asking for people to volunteer their bilingual language skills to help parents and teachers communicate in parent-teacher conferences scheduled the week of October 18 through October 23, 2015. Typically during this time, college students, educators, business people, retirees, clergy, parents, as well as other community stakeholders have volunteered one to three hours to help parents and teachers talk about their children.  

Bilingual volunteers are eager to sign up for parent-teacher conferences because they are able to relate to the experience, know how important it is to understand what is being said, and for that reason, want to share their language interpreting skill.  

By using bilingual interpreters/translators, parents and teachers who speak other languages eliminate the potential lack of communication created by relying on students who might not know how best to communicate information about their teacher’s concerns to their parents.  Volunteer bilingual interpreters/translators help enhance communication between school and families.  Being able to understand written and verbal communication is essential and the support of volunteer interpreters/translators helps our families become more engaged in our schools.

The Cobb County School District will hold parent-teacher conferences the week of October 18 through  October 23, 2015, and bilingual volunteers are an important part of making those conferences successful. Those interested in serving as volunteer bilingual interpreters/translators should contact the Cobb County International Welcome Center by phone: (678)-331-3086 or by email: no later than Wednesday, October 7, 2015 to receive more information on registration and training.   

CTC Community Marketplace

September 30, 2015

Community Marketplace poster

Chattahoochee Technical College will be hosting CTC Community Marketplace on October 13, 2015. This is a great way for outside vendors to promote their business to the students of Chattahoochee Tech. Area vendors will be on hand to talk about their products and services, and students are able to discover great deals in banking, apartment homes, workout facilities, and many more!

The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Marietta Campus Atrium Building C. Vendors who are interested in having a table at CTC’s Community Marketplace will need to complete the online registration form at The application must be completed by September 30, 2015.

Make sure to take advantage of this awesome opportunity!


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