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Features stories on East Cobb residents doing good and giving back to the community. A place for East Cobbers to recognize random acts of kindness and announce volunteer opportunities.

Make plans to attend the 7th Annual Girls’ Night Out presented by Women of Hope

 

10 Women of Hope presents its 7th Annual Girls’ Night Out on Oct. 16 from 5 until 8 p.m. at The Brickyard at Marietta Station in Marietta. The nonprofit organization helps single moms who are experiencing an essential financial emergency.

The special evening features favorite retailers and artists, providing unique shopping opportunities and experiences, all in the spirit of raising funds for single moms who need a hand up. Silent auction, light dinner, beer, wine, soft drinks and specialty gifts promise to make this year’s event memorable and fun for all.

Some of the participating vendors include Rescue, Repurpose, and Redeem; Notecards for Hope; Patsy’s Pins; Petal Design Worx; Ye Olde Christmas and Candy Shoppe; Uniquely You Hidden Treasurers; Stunning Ladies; Donna’s Classic Accessories; Initially Yours; LMP Treasures; Little Rusty Roof; Trapp’s Jewelry; Kathy’s Accessories; and The Sublime Vine.

The minimum donation is $25. Tickets are available at the door or through one of the 10 Women of Hope: Lamuriel Adams, Carla Brown, Patsy Bryan, Wanda Callahan, Angie Davis, Jean Hawkins, Laurel Kovach, Jacki Payne, Fran Sutton and Penny Warren.

The Brickyard is located at 129 Church St., Marietta.

For mail-in ticket orders or donations: P.O. Box 235, Marietta, GA 30061. For more information, email womenofhope@ ymail.com.

 

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Local Dental Hygiene Instructor Offers Lessons Outside of Classroom

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Some members of the Farm Worker Family Health Program Dental Hygienist team are pictured above. Front row: East Cobber and GPC instructor Pam Cushenan. Back row: Eun Choi and Georgia Perimeter College Director, Cherie Rainwater.

For many students and teachers, summer is used as a much needed break. But for East Cobb resident Pam Cushenan, a Clinical Didactic Dental Hygiene instructor at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC), summer is a time for her and several of her students to give back to the community.

For the past 11 years, Pam has volunteered for the Farm Worker Family Health Program, which, along with other medical professionals, provides basic health screenings, resources and education to hundreds of migrant farm workers throughout  Georgia. This year’s program was held in Moultrie and included more than 80 medical professionals.

Pam and her team were in Moultrie, GA for two weeks, each day beginning at 8am. The medical teams met at a local elementary school and provided services to children ages 3-12 who were attending summer school while their parents worked in the farms.
After a break in the afternoon, the medical volunteers would meet again at 6pm and travel to a different farm each night and often stay until 1am.

The dental team provided screenings, cleanings, sealants (if needed) and a long-lasting fluoride treatment. If further services were required, the patients were provided with additional resources.

“The days were long but very effective in providing the migrant workers with what they needed most. For our volunteer students, this was the first ‘out of clinic’ experience they had. They operated independently, gained confidence and because of a few language barriers, they learned new ways to communicate. As a result of this experience, the students realized what a precious gift it is to be able to share one’s talents with those who don’t have access to regular dental care. They made a difference in their community, and it opened their eyes to what many people face on a daily basis regarding a lack of medical care,” said Pam.

The Farm Worker Family Health Program was started 21 years ago by Emory nurse Judith Wold, PhD, RN. The program is a collaborative effort between universities, churches, government agencies and local businesses.

 

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International Nonprofit and Pope High Fulfill Dream for Former, 85-Year-Old UGA Cheerleader

On Friday, September 26, Second Wind Dreams® and Pope High School’s cheerleading squad will make a cheerleading dream come true for an elder of the East Cobb community. This dream fulfillment will take place during the 7:30 pm, home football game. Lynn, the 85-year-old dreamer and resident of Arbor Terrace of East Cobb, will cheer alongside the school’s cheerleaders during the game’s first quarter. Lynn will also escort the school’s mascot around during the “dog walk.” Pope High school cheerleaders will join together to teach Lynn, the dreamer, multiple cheers on Tuesday, September 23.

85-year-old Lynn grew up cheerleading through high school and at the University of Georgia.

Shelby Stokes is the dedicated Pope High School student who uncovered Lynn’s dream during a June visit to Arbor Terrace of East Cobb. On this same day, seven other students of Pope High School discovered elders’ dreams as well.

This dream presentation will incorporate all in attendance in achieving the mission of Second Wind Dreams to “Change the perception of aging.” This will give the students an opportunity to show acceptance and respect to a noble elder in the community. Most importantly, an energetic, lifelong cheerleader will be able to smile big as she cheers on the home team.

Second Wind Dreams is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1997. This organization is changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs including its flagship program, The Virtual Dementia Tour®. The Atlanta-based organization has fulfilled more than 10,000 dreams.

Pope High School is located at 3001 Hembree Rd NE, Marietta, GA 30062. The community is invited to attend the game.

 

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Heralds of hope: Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery supports students, provides second chances

Kennesaw State University’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery Founding Director Teresa Wren Johnston, welcomes those in attendance to the organization’s 2014 scholarship breakfast Wednesday in Atlanta. She said, ‘It provides hope to the student coming back to school and they’re nervous and worried and trying to fit in. Hope is a special thing.’ Staff-Kelly J. Huff

 

Kennesaw State junior Erica Baldwin said her worst grade-point average in college was better than her total GPA at Walton High School.

“I wasn’t too good at high school,” Baldwin, 23, said. “I had a lot of countercultural buddies that are not viewed as acceptable study tools: drugs.”

Baldwin has come a long way since her teenage years, when she was lost in the depths of her addiction to psychedelic drugs. Sober for almost five years, Baldwin, a communications major, has thrived in Kennesaw State’s Collegiate Recovery Community at the school’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery.

The CRC, which was established in 2008, offers KSU students recovering from addiction, eating disorders and mental health issues a support system while they pursue their degrees.

Students who want to join must have at least six months of sobriety to be accepted.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Eating Disorders Anonymous meetings are held throughout the week, and some meetings are open to nonmembers.

The center also hosts an open Celebration of Recovery meeting the first and third Mondays of each month from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

On Wednesday morning, Baldwin was one of a handful of KSU students and CRC members to speak at the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery’s scholarship breakfast at the Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina in honor of Recovery Month 2014.

One of 11 scholarship recipients, Baldwin drew the most laughs with her speech. But she said she wouldn’t be able to handle the responsibilities she’s taken on without the balance the center teaches her.

“There’s a level of accountability, because people in the CRC are doing well with their lives, so you want to do well,” Baldwin said.

Another scholarship recipient, Bari Yates, said she found her home in the CRC. The 24-year-old Lassiter High alumna was a heroin addict until 2010, and now she’s pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Yates and other speakers credited the center’s director, Teresa Johnston, and assistant director, Elizabeth Lang, with changing their lives by accepting them into the program.

“You guys have given me another chance and another reason to be here,” Yates said. “Who would have thought being a heroin addict would turn into being a doctor for me? I mean, nobody believed in me. My parents didn’t even believe in me. But Teresa did, and honestly, I would not be here today if it were not for the CRC.”

Johnston said it’s been rewarding to watch the program blossom.

“It really provides hope,” Johnston said. “It provides hope to the student coming back to school and they’re nervous and worried and trying to fit in. Hope is a special thing.”

The constant battle of living with addiction was addressed with a moment of silence for Riley Sisson, a scholarship recipient who died Sept. 2 after a relapse.

A scholarship was established in honor of Jeremy Leo Letalien, an opiates addict who graduated from Kennesaw State with honors in 2011 but died in 2013 after relapsing. His parents, Cathy and Paul, gave emotional speeches about their son and spoke highly of Preston Lucas, this year’s recipient of the scholarship.

“Jeremy’s light will always shine through his love of education in the Jeremy Leo Letalien endowed scholarship fund,” Cathy Letalien said. “Jeremy is smiling knowing he is helping another person succeed.”

Lucas, a Suwanee native, started drinking at 13 and later turned to drugs. He said he hit rock bottom while attending the University of Alabama and eventually found his way to Kennesaw State and the CRC, where he’s now president.

“It transformed me,” Lucas said of the CRC. “It transformed my character, and it showed me what I was truly passionate about.”

Lucas is now an accounting major preparing to enter the world of business.

“I’m truly grateful, because the CRC allowed me to go from that skittish, nervous freshman to hopefully a successful businessman,” Lucas said. “And I’ll definitely be grateful for that experience.”

For more information on the CRC, email recovery@kennesaw.edu.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Aimee Sachs, September 21, 2014.)

Best Friends Continue Support Through Breast Cancer Walk

Breast Friends: Lu Ann Schratter, Michelle O’Shaughnessy, Christy Mire and Kathryn Fant. Not pictured: Pam McTeer, Maureen Ussellton and Robin Kirkman.

Breast Friends: Lu Ann Schratter, Michelle O’Shaughnessy, Christy Mire and Kathryn Fant. Not pictured: Pam McTeer, Maureen Ussellton and Robin Kirkman.

Walking a path of hardships is always made easier with friends by our side. Christy Mire, a breast cancer survivor, says she couldn’t have made it through the many months of cancer treatment without her East Cobb friends. Now some of those same friends are joining her in October for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, produced by It’s The Journey, Inc., to raise funds that stay local and support Georgia breast cancer patients and breast health programs.

When Mire was first diagnosed with cancer two years ago, she originally decided against getting a $4,000 genetic test as part of her screening because of the low probability that it would be positive and her insurance didn’t cover the test. Her geneticist told her about a grant that was funded through the It’s The Journey organization that would pay for the test. The results of the genetic testing revealed that Mire carried the positive gene for breast cancer, which changed the entire course of her cancer treatment.

As a cancer survivor, Mire wants to “pay it forward” for others who need breast cancer screening and care. She approached a friend who had been active in past walks about joining her 2014 team.

“When some of my friends found out about my plans to join a team, they said ‘I am with you,’” says Mire. “These are the same people who had delivered meals for three months and sat by my side through chemo treatments. They are now there to walk with me for others. Because a large percentage of the money raised stays in the metro Atlanta area, we are helping women who literally live next door.”

Appropriately named Breast Friends, Mire formed her own 2014 team with seven enthusiastic friends: Kathryn Fant, Robin Kirkman, Pam McTer, Michelle O’Shaughnessy*, LuAnn Schratter, Karen Seigle and Maureen Ussellton. Team members are training and raising funds for the 30-mile walk scheduled for October 11-12. The team’s goal is to raise $10,000, and Breast Friends participants are almost halfway there.

If you would like to donate to the team, go to 2daywalk.kintera.org/2014walkers/breastfriends. The mission of It’s The Journey, Inc. is to strengthen Georgia’s breast cancer community by raising money and awareness for local Georgia organizations that focus on breast cancer education, research, early detection, awareness and support services, as well as the unmet needs in the
breast cancer community.

*Editor’s Note: Michelle O’Shaughnessy is an Account Representative for EAST COBBER Magazine.

 

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Civitans Celebrate 23rd Annual East Cobb Wine & Vine Market

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The 23rd Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction hosted by the East Cobb Civitan Club (www.eastcobb.civitan.net) and  benefitting the Friends for the East Cobb Park (www.eastcobbpark.org), will be held on October 16, at the Olde Towne Athletic Club at 6pm. Georgia’s Attorney General, Sam Olens and Cobb Commission Chair Tim Lee will serve as honorary co-chairs of this year’s event which is the largest fundraising activity for both the East Cobb Civitans and Friends for the East Cobb Park. To date, this “Wine & Vine Market” has raised over $141,000 for the East Cobb Park and well over $200,000 for local charities such as MUST Ministries, The Center for Family Resources, The Center for Children and Young Adults, as well as, Civitan’s Charities  such as Camp Big Heart–a camp for children and young adults with special needs. The Civitans helped spearhead a program with the Georgia Ballet in offering a new “Dance Abilities” class for special needs students. It is this annual fundraiser and other  donations that provide financing for the special events that are held in the East Cobb Park such as Holiday Lights and Sunday Fundays and other seasonal events.

Founded in 1986, the East Cobb Civitan Club is a 100% volunteer organization committed to community service. The Civitans meet twice a month (noon on the 2nd Thursday and dinner on the 4th Thursday) at the Olde Towne Athletic Club (4950 Olde Towne Parkway, Marietta) and welcome members of all races, religions and ages with a common desire to provide solutions to difficult situations.

If you are interested in attending a meeting, being a donor or sponsor, (both are tax deductible) or to volunteer for this event, please contact Roselle Wilkinson, Chair of the Auction and Wine Tasting at 678-548-9635 or RoselleW@bellsouth.net.

Participate in the Inaugural ’13 Can Make A Difference’ Food Drive at Lassiter Football Game Friday

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Lassiter High School and the newly created Lutzie 43 Foundation (www.Lutzie43.org) are joining forces for the inaugural “13 Can Make A Difference” food drive to be held on Friday, September 12 during the Lassiter and Woodstock varsity football game.

The Lutzie 43 Foundation and Lassiter High School are asking students and members of the community to donate 13 non-perishable food items or home products such as soap, detergent, personal care products, cooking oil, etc.  Monetary donations will be accepted throughout the school day at both Lassiter and Woodstock as well as at Frank Fillmann Stadium during the game.

The first 1,000 food drive contributors will receive a commemorative ”Lutz”  bracelet from the foundation, and all students will be eligible for one of four community service scholarships for $430 from the Lutzie 43 Foundation to be announced approximately one week after the game.  T-shirts for the event also will be for sale for ten dollars throughout the week at Lassiter.

The food drive will benefit the St. Vincent De Paul food pantry, which provides food and other home products on a non-denominational basis to those in need in the community.  Several Lassiter organizations including, the cheerleading team, student council, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) are working together to coordinate the event.  In addition, Woodstock High School will also be participating in the food drive.

The “13 Can Make A Difference” food drive will serve as one of the initial events offered by the Lutzie 43 Foundation, whose mission aims to develop the character of young athletes and their coaches focusing on leadership, charity, compassion, mentorship, hard work, honesty, and faith. The Lutzie 43 Foundation was created in honor of Lassiter and Auburn University Alum, Phillip Lutzenkirchen, who died in a car accident this past June.

For information regarding the food drive, please contact Cathy Zingler at cathy.zingler@cobbk12.org or e-mail the Lutzie 43 Foundation at Lutzie43@gmail.com.

Special Thanks to our EAST COBBER Parade & Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our EAST COBBER Parade & Festival sponsors for 2014!

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Visit our 2014 Parade & Festival Guide for all you need to know about this year’s event!

Don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 13! For Parade and Festival details click HERE!

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AAUW Annual Bookfair is September 23-28 at Perimeter Mall

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AAUW (American Association of University Women) is holding its 55th Annual Bookfair at Perimeter Mall, September 23 – 28, Mall hours, no fee to shop. Opening Night is Monday, September 22 from 6-9 p.m. with a $10 fee to shop. The sale will offer over 75,000 gently used books in 50 categories at bargain prices. Many books are in the $2 – $3 price range.

Bookfair offers novels, science fiction, romance, children’s books (pre-K through young adult), history, religion, military, cookbooks, sports, hobbies, and much more.

AAUW’s Cobb County branch partners with North Fulton and Atlanta branches to earn funds for scholarships and community activities that benefit women and girls.

 

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Children’s Miracle Network Torch Relay coming to Atlanta in October

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The Annual Torch Relay for Children’s Miracle Network will kick off on Saturday September 27 in Tampa, FL and make its way to Atlanta on Sunday October 26. Please visit www.Torch-Relay.org/Atlanta to register. The Torch Relay website has tools and tips to help you raise funds for this amazing cause!

The Event in Atlanta on October 26 will begin and end at Southern Company Amphitheatre at Centennial Olympic Park.  This event will include a 5K Walk.  

The Torch Relay for Children’s Miracle Network is an exciting and unique fun, multi-day event where participants walk between 3 – 15 miles, run 5 – 10 miles or cycle as much as 110 miles at events throughout the country to raise money for their local Children’s Hospital. Every event segment is supported by a team of trained volunteers who travel with the event each year.

The Torch Relay for Children’s Miracle Network is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to raising funds for children’s hospitals across the country. All funds go to the local Children’s Hospital in the city where they were raised. The national network of children’s hospitals included in the Children’s Miracle Network, include 170 children’s hospitals in North America. Every year CMN hospitals treat 17 million children or every disease and injury, regardless of their ability to pay.

 

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