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CCEF Gala Raises $50,000 for Schools

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation’s inaugural “Celebration of Education” Gala on March 14 benefiting the Cherokee County School District netted $50,000 and honored outstanding teachers, students, partners, volunteers and alumni.

The black-tie optional event at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton, co-hosted by CCEF and presenting sponsor Northside Hospital-Cherokee, was attended by more than 350 guests and included dinner, awards, a silent auction and the “CCSD’s Got Talent” high school student talent show.

Foundation Board Members Amanda Arnold, Vice President for Credit Union of Georgia, and Debbie Rabjohn, River Ridge High School PTSA President, served as Gala Committee Co-Chairs.

“We greatly appreciate the community’s support of our inaugural Gala, which will assist the Foundation in its mission of supporting the School District through grants for schools, teachers and students,” Mrs. Arnold said.  “The night was a wonderful celebration, and we look forward to many annual Galas to come.”

River Ridge High School’s B’Acapella groupThe “CCSD’s Got Talent” grand prize winner, River Ridge High School’s B’Acapella group (Matt Ainsley, Tolu Babalola, Josh Butler, Brent Flynn, Jesse Huskey, Megan Lerner, Saxon Olson, Camden Pruitt, Ricky Rudolph, Nate Sahlberg and Rachel Woods) won a $1,000 grant for the school; and the runner-up, Sequoyah High School’s duo of Amanda Roark and Alan Stein, won a $500 grant.   Each of the schools received an honorarium for participating in the competition.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo was honored as the event’s Honorary Chair, and other special guests included the CCSD Teacher of the Year, Media Specialist of the Year, Counselor of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

The Gala launched a new, major award to be presented annually by the Foundation: the Alumni of the Year Award, which will honor at least one CCSD high school alumnus and one alumna each year for outstanding professional and civic contributions.

The inaugural Alumni of the Year Award recipients were Judge Marion T. Pope Jr., who served as Chief Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge and as a member of the House of Representatives among many other accomplishments; and Janice Prather, a lifetime educator whose career included serving as an Assistant Superintendent and Principal for the School District among other roles and is the immediate past president of the Retired Educators Association.

Foundation Board President William “Billy” G. Hasty Jr. presented both with plaques featuring medallions made by Creekview High School’s art department, and both were applauded with standing ovations.  For the 2016 and subsequent Alumni of the Year Award presentations, the Foundation Board will accept nominations from the community.

Foundation Board President William “Billy” G. Hasty Jr.Mr. Hasty during the Gala also announced another new project being undertaken by the Foundation: the establishment of a Cherokee County Educators Hall of Fame.  Nominations for the first class will be accepted from the community in the coming year, with Mrs. Prather to be included in the inaugural group.

The evening included many special recognitions of educators and students including the cocktail hour music provided by Teasley Middle School students, the selection of Creekland Middle School teacher John Carter for master of ceremonies and the centerpieces created by Cherokee High School agriculture teacher Sarah Scarborough and her students.  The Foundation presented grants to all of these schools as honorariums of appreciation for their participation.

The Gala was made possible due an impressive list of sponsors that joined presenting sponsor, Northside Hospital-Cherokee, in supporting CCEF:
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Valedictorian Sponsors

  • Bryant’s Quality Painting
  • Cobb EMC Foundation

Salutatorian Sponsors

  • Aramark Education Management
  • Credit Union of Georgia
  • Hasty Pope LLP
  • Original Mattress Factory
  • Seasonal Designs Landscaping

Honor Roll Sponsors

  • Brown & Brown Insurance
  • Center Cut Catering
  • Cherokee Computer
  • Cherokee Tribune
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Citi
  • Dell
  • Follett
  • Georgia Power
  • Goshen Valley Foundation
  • KRH Architects
  • LGE Credit Union
  • Manley Spangler Smith Architects, P.C.
  • Pearson
  • Sisson Media
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Graduate Sponsors

  • Aruba Networks
  • Blackwell & Son Advisors
  • Frontline Technologies
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • LifeSize
  • Lifetouch
  • Mission Critical
  • Nova Engineering and Environmental
  • Open Options
  • Path & Post - Becky Babcock
  • State Senator Brandon Beach
  • SMART Technologies
  • Think Through Math
  • The Travel Store Inc.
  • Womack Lewis Smith
  • Woodstock Physical Therapy
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The Foundation (CCEF) is a nonprofit, charitable organization with a mission of supporting students and staff of the School District by promoting teaching and learning and celebrating achievements.  The Foundation seeks funding and resources to enrich schools in areas not fully funded in the regular school program.

All money raised by CCEF through the Gala and its other fundraisers is returned to the School District and its students, teachers and schools through donations, grant opportunities and other support.  Since its establishment in 2012, CCEF has awarded more than $45,000 in grants to students, teachers and schools.

For more information about the Foundation, please see the website at www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation.org or the Foundation’s page on Facebook.






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PHOTO 1: Cherokee County Educational Foundation ‘Celebration of Education’ Gala Co-Chairs Amanda Arnold, left, and Debbie Rabjohn, second from left, congratulate River Ridge High School’s B’Acapella group for winning the “CCSD’s Got Talent” high school student talent show held as part of the inaugural event on March 14 at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center.  As first-place winners, the school received a $1,000 grant from the Foundation and a trophy.

River Ridge High School’s B’Acapella group




 

PHOTO 2: Foundation Board President William ‘Billy’ G. Hasty Jr. presents an Alumni of the Year Awards to Janice Prather.

Foundation Board President William “Billy” G. Hasty Jr.




 

PHOTO 3: Foundation Board President William ‘Billy’ G. Hasty Jr. presents an Alumni of the Year Awards to Judge Marion T. Pope Jr.

Alumni of the Year Awards




 

PHOTO 4: Foundation Board President William ‘Billy’ G. Hasty Jr., second from left, and Gala Co-Chairwoman Amanda Arnold thank Gala presenting sponsor Northside Hospital-Cherokee during the program with a plaque featuring a medallion crafted by Creekview High School’s art department.  The plaque was accepted by NH-C executives including CEO Billy Hayes, left, and Dr. Matthew Simmons, right, of Northside Cherokee Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.  Mr. Hayes also serves as Vice President of the Foundation’s Board.

presenting sponsor Northside Hospital-Cherokee





PHOTO 5: Sequoyah High School’s duo of Amanda Roark and Alan Stein was named runner-up in the ‘CCSD’s Got Talent’ competition and won a $500 grant from the Foundation for their school.

Amanda Roark and Alan Stein





PHOTO 6:  Brady Payne and McKenzie Miklitsch of Cherokee High School perform 'Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better' during the talent show.

Brady Payne and McKenzie Miklitsch of Cherokee High School





PHOTO 7: Creekview High School was represented in the competition by Paul DiCicco, who played 'Rhapsody in Blue.'

Paul DiCicco, who played ‘Rhapsody in Blue.’





PHOTO 8: Etowah High School’s Sydney Wakeford and Jacob Kirk perform 'Legally Blonde' during the show.

Etowah High School’s Sydney Wakeford and Jacob Kirk





PHOTO 9: Woodstock High School was represented by the band, The Fourshores: Alec Caslow, Logan Cornelison, Jake Davidson and Brett Sidney, which performed an original song.

The Fourshores





PHOTO 10:  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo served as Honorary Chair of the event.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo

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Celebration of Education Gala Benefiting CCSD

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation will expand its efforts to raise awareness and funds for the Cherokee County School District with the presentation of its inaugural “Celebration of Education” Gala on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

The event sold out quickly and tickets are no longer available.

The black-tie optional event at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton begins with a cocktail hour and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. and dinner, awards and entertainment at 7:30 p.m.

The event’s presenting sponsor is Northside Hospital-Cherokee.

“The Foundation Board is so pleased to host this inaugural Gala that will both celebrate and benefit all of the important work being done every day by the School District to provide a quality education to each of Cherokee County’s children,” Board President William “Billy” G. Hasty Jr. said.  “Our students, teachers and schools consistently rank among the best in our country, and our alumni have found great success on many different paths… these accomplishments would not be possible without our community’s support, which we hope to have for this special evening.”

Sponsorship opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $500 are available.  Other major sponsors already committed to the event include Bryant’s Quality Painting at the Valedictorian Level and Aramark Management Services and Credit Union of Georgia at the Salutatorian Level.

The entertainment will be “CCSD’s Got Talent,” a student talent show featuring the best act each from the School District’s six high schools in competition for a $1,000 grand prize and $500 runner-up prize.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo is the event’s Honorary Chair, and there will be special recognitions of outstanding alumni and educators as part of the evening’s festivities.

The Gala will launch a new, major award to be presented annually by the Foundation: the Alumni of the Year Award, which will honor at least one alumnus and one alumna of the School District each year for outstanding professional and civic contributions.

The inaugural Alumni of the Year Award recipients, who were unanimously selected by the Foundation Board, are Judge Marion T. Pope Jr., who served as Chief Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge and as a member of the House of Representatives among many other accomplishments; and Janice Prather, a lifetime educator whose career included serving as an Assistant Superintendent and Principal for the School District among other roles and is the immediate past president of the Retired Educators Association.

For the 2016 and subsequent Alumni of the Year Award presentations, the Foundation Board will accept nominations from the community… similar to the prestigious “First Citizen of Cherokee County” Award presented by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.

The evening will include special recognitions of educators and students at every turn… from the cocktail hour music provided by Teasley Middle School students to the master of ceremonies Creekland Middle School teacher John Carter and from the recognitions of honorees like the School District’s Teacher of the Year Joy Silk of Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy to the centerpieces created by Cherokee High School students.

Amanda Arnold, Vice President for Credit Union of Georgia, and Debbie Rabjohn, River Ridge High School PTSA President, are the Foundation’s Gala Committee Co-Chairs, and are joined by Foundation Fundraising Chair Kevin Williams of Chick-fil-A of Canton, also a Gala sponsor, in organizing the event.

“Our vision for the Gala is a wonderful evening of celebrations, entertainment… and a surprise or two,” Mrs. Arnold said, noting guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and the option of visiting a cash bar during the cocktail hour reception, followed by dinner, dessert and the program, with time for socializing and dancing before the night’s end.

The Foundation (CCEF) is a nonprofit, charitable organization with a mission of supporting students and staff of the School District by promoting teaching and learning and celebrating achievements.  The Foundation seeks funding and resources to enrich schools in areas not fully funded in the regular school program.

Since its establishment in 2012, CCEF has awarded more than $30,000 in grants to students, teachers and schools. Another $15,000 will be awarded in February 2015 to teachers and schools through IMPACT Education Grants for “bright ideas” to improve teaching and learning.

The “Celebration of Education” Gala expands opportunities for local businesses and the community at large to show its support for students, teachers and schools.

All money raised by CCEF through the Gala and its other fundraisers is returned to the School District and its students, teachers and schools through donations, grant opportunities and other support.

For more information about the Foundation, please see the website at www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CherokeeCountyEducationalFoundation.
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