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Good Eatin’ Great Cause is Thursday


On Thursday, August 13, SafePath Children’s Advocacy presents their annual fundraiser,  Culinary Tour & Competition: Good Eatin’ Great Cause. From 6-10pm at the Cobb  Galleria Center, event attendees will enjoy culinary treats featuring signature  appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks from the event’s restaurant participants: Canoe, Capers, Chicken and the Egg, Figo Pasta, Seed—and more! The public is invited to join host, Chef Ryan McKay, two- time winner of the Good Eatin’ Great Cause competition and a contestant on NBC’S Food Fighters (which will air July 30th). In addition, local celebrity chefs will serve as mentors in a team cook-off competition  between Cobb County Police Department, Sherriff’s Office, Fire Department, and Marietta Fire Department. Be a part of an entertaining and energetic event with  incredible food, great company, and an amazing “cookingrelated” auction. The funds raised at Good Eatin’ Great Cause will help SafePath provide information, resources, and programs to help abused children throughout Cobb County. Tickets are $75.

SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center has been changing the lives of abused children for over 20 years. Located off of Whitlock Avenue in Marietta, SafePath provides intervention services including trauma-focused, cognitive behavioral therapy to any child in Cobb County that has experienced abuse. SafePath also offers ongoing therapy to the children and their non-offending parents/caregivers, so that they can heal from the terrible trauma they have experienced. All of SafePath’s services are provided at no cost. For more information about SafePath and/or to buy tickets for the Culinary Tour & Competition: Good Eatin’ Great Cause, visit: or call 770-801-3465.


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Purchase tickets for the 14th Annual Hearing Children’s Voices Gala

14th Annual Hearing Children’s Voices Gala is Saturday, March 7. This year’s theme, The Wizard of  Cause, is a fitting testament of the courage, knowledge and heart we strive to provide our children as they travel their own yellow brick road down the safe path to hope and healing.

Enjoy dinner, auction and entertainment while proceeds benefit SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. The evening begins at 6pm at Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Tickets to attend are $175/person. For more information call 770-801-3465 or visit


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SafePath’s Community Holiday Open House this Friday

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SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center staff will host its annual Community Holiday Open House 9 a.m., Friday, Dec. 5, and the public is invited. This event will include an awards ceremony recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to preventing child abuse and neglect in the community. The guest host is Craig Lucie from WSB-TV. The event will be held at SafePath, 736 Whitlock Ave., Suite 600, Marietta.


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Good Eatin’ Great Cause is Thursday, August 14

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SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center will host Good Eatin’ Great Cause this Thursday, August 14th, 6pm at the Cobb Galleria! Come out and help celebrate the community’s commitment to protecting children. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at Support SafePath and help create a community free of child abuse!


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SafePath welcomes new board members

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(l-r) l-r Kevin Rogers, Wells Fargo; Lisa Olens, Georgia Power; Lori Brown-Jackson, Belk and Robert Jackson, Balfour Beatty Construction.

SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center is pleased to announce that four new members have been elected to its Board of Directors.

Joining SafePath’s Board is Lori Brown-Jackson, Manager of Belk at Town Center mall; Robert Jackson, Senior Vice President of Military Housing at Balfour Beatty Construction; Lisa Olens, Georgia Power Area Sales Executive and Kevin Rogers, District  Manager and Vice President of Wells Fargo North Cobb.

Each of these newly elected members brings a diverse background of experiences and invaluable leadership qualities that will assist SafePath in continuing to meet its mission.

SafePath is pleased to welcome these distinguished members to its Board. SafePath is a private, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose vision is a community free of child abuse. For more information about SafePath, visit


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Attend the SafePath Empowerment Luncheon featuring Chris Gavagan

SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center’s Community Council will host an Empowerment Luncheon featuring Chris Gavagan at the Cobb Senior Wellness Center on October 10, from 11:30-1:30pm.

A chance meeting with a hockey coach over twenty years ago uniquely qualified Chris Gavagan to tell the stories in Coached into Silence, a documentary about sexual abuse within the world of organized sports. In it, we will hear the stories of a diverse group of athletes whom the system failed to protect. Far more sinister than those failures of prevention, this film will shed light on the organizational, institutional and legal systems which have conspired to silence the victims while protecting profits, reputations and in some cases, the predators themselves.

Yet these clear cases of such clear-cut wrongs are the exceptions. It is rarely that simple. Much more often it is a combination of subtle failures by well-intentioned individuals which have prevented the proper actions from being taken to protect children in their care.

Drawing on lessons learned from 4 years of research and production on Coached into Silence, conversations with hundreds of survivors, parents, experts, and drawing on his personal experience as a victim of sexual abuse by a coach, he will discuss the ways that we as individuals and as a society unwittingly silence ourselves, and how those obstacles can be overcome.

Registration is $20 and includes lunch. To register, visit

Good Eatin’ Great Cause to aid children


SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center Inc. Community Development Assistant Hana Robins and Coordinator Melania Saltarella sort through auction items that have been collected for the 2013 Good Eatin’ Great Cause fundraiser set for Thursday at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

A Cobb organization that helps abused children is hoping to raise more than $200,000 this Thursday during its annual food fundraiser.

SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, with the support of hundreds of people and metro-Atlanta businesses, is conducting its third annual Good Eatin’ Great Cause: Culinary Tour & Competition at the Cobb Galleria on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m.

The money helps pay for therapy services, follow-up visits, advocacy services, support in court and crisis prevention for children who have been abused.

SafePath Executive Director Jinger Robins said the organization helps between 1,700 and 2,500 people a year.

“This fundraiser has just taken off in a way that we never anticipated,” Robins said. “The support for this event is just tremendous.”

During 2012’s fundraiser, Robins said they raised $162,000 but so far this year they are looking at collecting more than $200,000 in donations with all the sponsorships that have been purchased and live and silent auction items that have been submitted.

A few of the donated prizes include a Big Green Egg grill, dinner parties catered by master chefs, paintings of Marietta landmarks like downtown’s Glover Park, collectable wine bottles, Atlanta Braves tickets and a University of Georgia tailgating package, Robins said.

This year’s event will also feature 32 chefs from Cobb and metro Atlanta restaurants such as Gabriel’s, Chicken and the Egg, Caper’s, Seed and Rays on the River, who will each have a table set up to showcase a few of their specialties that attendees can taste test while checking out the tour and competition.

Johnnie Gabriel, who has owned Gabriel’s off Whitlock Avenue in Marietta since 1996, said her restaurant has been a partner to this fundraiser since it started three years ago.

“We think it’s a great cause and a huge need in our society, so we were willing to participate,” Gabriel said.

Her table will feature made-from-scratch banana pudding, pumpkin whoopee pies and mini red velvet cupcakes.

“We can’t write big checks but we can give back by baking,” Gabriel said. “We do this because it lets people know that it’s important to us that we support these different functions.”

The event will also feature a cooking competition between the Cobb and Marietta police departments, Cobb County Fire Department and the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.

The reigning winners from last year are firefighters from Cobb Fire and seven-year Cobb Fire Engineer Ryan McKay said he’s looking forward to another successful year in the competition.

“This is just an extra perk to give back to the community that gives back to us,” McKay said “SafePath has such a fantastic goal in what they are trying to do so if there’s any way we can give back, we’re gung ho about it.”

The Flowery Branch resident has worked with Cobb Fire since 2006 and in his spare time writes a cooking blog,

This year’s event will also showcase almost 50 sponsors, including Galleria-based Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods. President and CEO Gregg Goldenberg said it has been an honor for his contracting company to help raise awareness about child abuse while raising money for SafePath.

“Many of our marketing materials are representative of our homeowners and feature photos of happy, smiling families,” he said. “SafePath teaches us that not all families fit that ‘picture perfect’ mold, and many are right here in our backyard.”

Tickets are $75 per person, or range from $1,500 to $20,000, depending on the type of fundraiser sponsor an individual or entity is and can be purchased at the door. Reduced tickets can be purchased at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and public safety employees can get a ticket at a lower cost by contacting SafePath at (770) 801-3465 or online at

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Lindsay Field, August 21, 2013. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Good Eatin Great Cause to aid children)

*Facebook Friday Freebie! Enter to Win 2 Tickets to SafePath’s Good Eatin’ Great Cause Culinary Tour!


Calling all foodies! This week’s freebie gives you a chance to support a great cause while tasting some of the best food in Georgia!  Enter to win 2 tickets to SafePath’s Good Eatin’ Great Cause Culinary Tour and Competition on Thursday, August 22 at the Cobb Galleria Exhibit Hall.

The Freebie:

One lucky East Cobber will snag 2 tickets to SafePath’s Good Eatin’ Great Cause Culinary Tour and Competition! That’s a $150 value for free!

Join SafePath and host, Chef Alex Reethof, on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 6PM to 10PM, at the Cobb Galleria Exhibit Hall, for an interactive evening with over 30 of Georgia’s favorite chefs who will be serving up their signature dishes, tapas style.  This event will showcase restaurants such as: C & S Oyster Bar, Seed, Ray’s on the River, Muss & Turner, Soho, Double Zero, Ocean Prime, as well as Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes, winner of Cupcake Wars.  Watch the spatulas fly during the team cook-off competition between Cobb County’s Police Department, Sherriff’s Office, Fire Department, and Marietta’s Fire Department. Tickets are $75 and will benefit SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please visit SafePath’s website.

How to Enter:

Go to, and tell us your favorite dish. (Are you batty for bruschetta? Do you pine for pasta?) Check back at after 9 pm to see if you’re a winner!


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* Please leave a comment telling us how many entries you have! (1 for following and liking EAST COBBER, and 2 optional entries) That’s 3 more ways to win!


Thanks to SafePath for this week’s freebie! 

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SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. 

736 Whitlock Avenue, Suite 600

 Marietta, GA 30064


Who’s that on our August cover? East Cobb’s own Chef Alex Reethoff!


Front cover photograph taken by Julia Curran of Julia Curran Photography.

To commemorate our 16th annual Dining Guide, Chef Alex Reethoff, an East Cobb resident for 20 years, was selected to be featured on this month’s front cover. Professionally, he has been a Chef at top fine dining establishments from Sarasota to Seattle. In May of 2009, he was “coaching” the Wheeler High School culinary team to provide behind the scenes support for the Metropolitan Cooking Show at the Cobb Galleria when the head chef approached Chef Alex to get “mike’d up” and substitute for another on-stage chef presenter.

After that presentation, Alex felt inspired and motivated to go all in on being a Cheftainer. As Alex explains, “I provide entertainment and a great meal at corporate meetings and events.”

He also coordinates Iron Chef-like competitions at company meetings.

Chef Reethof is featured on the front cover because of how he shares his culinary skills with the community. On August 22, Chef Reethof will be volunteering as the host of SafePath fundraiser: Good Eatin’ Great Cause Culinary  Tour & Competition. Reethof was instrumental in creating this successful fundraiser for SafePath. (For more details, see page 47 of our August 2013 issue.)

In addition, he has been working with Cobb County School’s head nutritionist to develop healthier recipes for students. Chef Reethof also leads an Iron Chef competition for Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church’s Camp Hope
leaders to “help them interact with each other as a team.”

During the school year, he can be seen working with Wheeler High School’s culinary students sharing his culinary expertise.

Alex lives in the Sibley Forest subdivision with his wife, Lori, and his daughter, Emi, 12. He and Lori also have three sons: Ryan, 24; Cole, 21; and, Max 18.


Front cover photograph taken by Julia Curran of Julia Curran Photography.


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Shop Harry’s Marietta on Wednesday and support SafePath

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Harry’s Farmers Market Marietta will donate 5% of sales on Wednesday, April 10, to SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. Harry’s is located at 70 Powers Ferry Road SE. Store hours are 9am-9pm. Shop ’til it feels good!