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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.

Dancing With the Stars of Cobb County!


Loving Arms Cancer Outreach presents “Dancing With the Stars of Cobb County” on November 1, 2014, 7pm at the Lassiter High School concert hall. Watch local heroes strut their stuff on the dance floor at the Loving Arms fundraiser.

Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, Inc is a non-profit organization whose focus is to make the cancer journey a little easier for those afflicted with this cruel disease. Their mission is to provide hope and joy as well as education and support to empower patients and their families throughout the journey. They provide financial assistance, free wigs, hats, scarves, medication assistance, gas/ grocery cards and support groups. The patients pay nothing because of donations from community-minded people. Loving Arms could not assist people “where the rubber meets the road” if not for people and businesses donating their time and money.

They are funded by sponsors, donations and fundraisers. Dancing with the Stars of Cobb County is a fundraiser where local celebrities/heroes in the community will be trained by professional dancers to perform at the event on November 1st. General admission tickets are $10 each and VIP tickets are $20 each. The audience will also cast votes for their favorite Star/dancer which will cost $1 per vote. The Star who raises the most money will receive the People’s Choice Award. The competition will be judged and the Star with the most points will win the Judges Choice Award.  All funds raised will go directly to Loving Arms Cancer outreach to assist cancer patients in their time of need.

Loving Arms Cancer Outreach was established in 2011 by two Oncology Nurses. They have a heart for cancer patients and saw a need to assist them “where the rubber meets the road.” After researching to find financial help for patients they soon discovered their options were few. That’s when Loving Arms was created. All services are available at no cost to the client.

For more about Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, visit

The undead helping the living – 4th Annual Marietta Zombie Walk is this weekend

The undead of Marietta, Georgia are coming back to help our community of the living on October 18, 2014and for the fourth year the zombies will bring donations to support MUST Ministries. In 2011 we started with over 300 undead and the horde has continued to grow to last year close to 800 strong filling 15 barrels of food and donating almost $2000 to help the living in need.

Carnival of Doom is once again sponsoring the 4th Annual Marietta Zombie Walk benefiting those in need within our local community. All proceeds and collected food from the Marietta Zombie Walk goes directly to MUST Ministries in their mission to help local humans in need. This year, we are truly excited to be part of the Marietta Harvest Square Arts & Crafts Festival and some fun  post-walk activities are in the plans for Glover Park to entertain the undead even more.

What’s a Zombie Walk? A Zombie Walk is an organized (as organized as zombies can be) public gathering of people dressed in zombie costumes.  The walks take place in an urban center as the participants make their way around city streets and through public spaces in an orderly fashion. In Marietta, the undead will again roam the streets around Marietta Square in a not-so-brisk 0.8 mile stumble. This is an undead family event.

There’s a little undead in all of us, so bring out your best zombie look and food donations (human cash & credit card donations work) and join the local undead in Marietta Square. Victims Spectators are welcome to come play with us while helping the local food pantry (zombies do not need food for humans, right?) The Infestation (Gathering) starts at 5pm in Glover Park after the Festival. The Feeding (Walk) starts promptly at6pm. Makeup artists will be on hand during the festival to help bring out the undead for a monetary donation or arrive already in character using your own creativity.

For more info: or or twitter @MariettaZombies (#MariettaZombieWalk)


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Gala and silent auction to raise money for local libraries

Emily Giffin

The Cobb Library Foundation’s cornerstone fundraising event, the Booked for the Evening Gala and Silent Auction, will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, at Marietta Country Club. The event will feature the award-winning author of seven “New York Times” best selling novels Emily Giffin. She is a Jim and Carol Ney Literary Award recipient and her book “Something Borrowed” was made into a movie starring Kate Hudson. Several of her follow-up novels have been optioned for development in Hollywood.

The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by a buffet, cocktails and the auction. This event is in its fourth year and has funded many projects that have enriched the 16 Cobb libraries, including portable computer labs, eGovernment stations, early learning stations for children and special book and multimedia materials for the summer reading program. It also funded support of the inaugural Teen Center programs and the GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) summer program.

Giffin’s books will be for sale throughout the event and autographs will be available. For more information,

Walmart Choses MUST for $100,000 Grant to Fight Hunger

Must Ministries

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation today announced giving more than $54 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Georgia, including $100,000 to MUST Ministries. “Walmart is excited to continue helping the communities we serve,” said Glen Wilkins, director of public affairs and government relations at Walmart.

MUST is applying the contribution to the extensive feeding program at the 43-yr.-old charity. According to Dr. Ike Reighard, President and CEO of MUST, the financial support will provide critical dollars for helping the thousands of clients who rely on MUST for food.

“MUST distributes just under a ton of food every week day through our food pantries,” Reighard explained. Pantries in Marietta, Smyrna and Canton hand out groceries to those in need. In addition free breads and sweets are distributed daily at those locations and additionally at the homeless campus.

The MUST feeding program also includes holiday meals and Thanksgiving boxes. Plus, 77,000 meals are served annually at the Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen. Shelter clients eat breakfast and lunch there each week day, and all three meals on weekends. Week day lunches are open to anyone who is hungry. The feeding program is a vital part of the $8.2 million charity’s programming.

Reighard said MUST is also grateful to some individual Walmart stores who have made cash donations in the past. “Walmart is focused on addressing hunger relief and so are we. The partnership is ideal because they help supply the funds and we implement the programs. We are deeply grateful to Walmart for their generosity to the 31,000 people a year we serve.”

Walmart is operating globally, but giving back locally to make a significant social impact. MUST serves in eight counties and helps those recovering from poverty by providing basic needs of life, including food, housing, employment services and clothing.


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YWCA of Northwest Georgia receives $20,000 grant from Mary Kay Foundation


While domestic violence has experienced a recent boost in awareness due to recent events, women and children in Northwest Georgia are in need of housing, resource and support programs as they flee abusive situations and work to rebuild their lives.

The YWCA of Northwest GA in Marietta, GA received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation as part of the organization’s annual Shelter Grant program to maintain critical services and programs. The Mary Kay Foundation awarded a total of $3 million in funding to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

“It’s been a bigger challenge than ever for shelters to keep their doors open and grants from The Mary Kay Foundation are a vital part in helping shelters move forward in their missions,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “The shelter grants are a signature program of the Foundation and represent just one of the ways Mary Kay is committed to ending domestic violence. We are proud to support local shelters like the YWCA that are on the front lines of helping women and children who need shelter and support from abuse.”

The YWCA of Northwest GA’s shelter Sheltering Hands is a 32-bed shelter in Marietta, GA offering a safe haven to women and children who have suffered domestic violence. Sheltering Hands, the only certified domestic violence shelter in Cobb County, serves up to 200 women and children each year and the number of individuals seeking shelter is ever increasing.  

“We are honored to receive this grant from The Mary Kay Foundation,” said Holly Tuchman, CEO and Executive Director. “As we provide shelter to those fleeing domestic violence, this grant will help us serve the most vulnerable members of our community.”

For nearly 20 years The Mary Kay Foundation has supported the prevention and elimination of domestic violence, an epidemic that touches one in every four women in her lifetime. Through the Foundation’s annual shelter grant program, $37 million has been granted to domestic violence organizations since 2000. Nearly 700 shelters requested funding this year.

Click here for a full list of 2014 grant recipients or visit for additional information.


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Spotlight a dedicated Cobb volunteer

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Impulse Salon fundraiser helps women look great for a good cause


On Sunday, October 26, attend the Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser Event at Impulse Salon from 11am-3pm.

For a minimum of $50 donation, participants will receive a consultation, blow dry and style from the wonderful and talented stylists at Impulse Salon and pink hair chalk in honor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. All proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Awareness and finding a cure.

Enjoy complimentary food, drinks, as well as a raffle and silent auction throughout the day.

Impulse Salon is located in Paper Mill Village at 255 Village Parkway Suite 160, Marietta, GA 30067. For more information call 770-952-0607 or visit


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October Publisher’s Note: 21 years of EAST COBBER!

Cynthia Rozzo, September 2014 headshot

This October edition marks the 21st anniversary of the EAST COBBER magazine. 244 monthly issues, 19 community parades, a website, a Facebook page, twitter feed, 3 children, and the same husband later, I am still focused on informing local residents about our good neighbors, special events and local issues in East Cobb County. Since 1993, the EAST COBBER has been  publishing articles about East Cobb volunteers, artists and advertisers, clubs and community leaders, musicians and moms. The
EAST COBBER front cover will continue to feature those people in East Cobb County making this area an even better place to live.

The EAST COBBER has also become well-known for its special sections. This issue features our ninth annual Private School Guide, as well as our monthly Seniors section, Dining Guide and Health & Wellness section. It has always been my intention to provide useful and relevant information that you can’t find anywhere else and that focuses exclusively on East Cobb.

I hope you enjoy reading the EAST COBBER as much as I enjoy putting each edition together month after month. After so many years of meeting readers and business owners, I am reminded everyday of how many really nice people there are in this  community. East Cobb has so many residents who take the initiative to help out, to share their opinions and/or talents, in order to make East Cobb County a better place to live. The annual EAST COBBER Parade & Festival is another example of neighbors coming together to celebrate our great community, and for me, as the producer/director of the parade, I am able to witness first
hand the genuine kindness, generosity, and cooperation East Cobbers demonstrate to make the this special event such a rousing success. See pages 6-9 for some photos taken that day.

I may put the magazine out, but it belongs to the East Cobb community. Special credit goes to the East Cobbers that reach out to
me to discuss story ideas, submit articles, and to advertise. Of course, I am grateful to those who just pick up the paper at one of our 500+ drop-off points every month and actually read the paper! In a world of conglomerates and sensational journalism, your kind comments and constructive criticisms inspire me to continue my work as publisher of a truly grass-roots publication. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas, comments and critiques.



Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher

Reprinted from the October 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the October issue HERE.

Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.

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@


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Local Dental Hygiene Instructor Offers Lessons Outside of Classroom


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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