Chamber Dinner sees record crowd as Lee earns award
by Sally Litchfield
January 29, 2014 12:14 AM | 6274 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print

On Saturday evening, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce rolled out the red carpet at the Cobb Galleria Centre for its 72nd Annual Chamber Dinner. Wall-to-wall people — a record crowd — negotiated the lobby area during the cocktail reception at the blacktie affair. It was several hundred people deep before the doors to the ballroom were opened for dinner, program and entertainment.

It was no surprise to some when welldeserving dealmaker

Cobb County

Commission Chairman

Tim Lee was awarded the Marietta Daily Journal’s Citizen of the Year. Lee worked his magic in bringing the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County.

With 2014, there comes a new chapter for Cobb County with attorney Ben Mathis of Freeman, Mathis & Gary at the helm accepting the baton of leadership that evening from 2013 Chamber Chairman Greg Morgan.

With the program kept at a minimum (kudos to the Chamber) its patrons gladly had more time for networking, socializing and enjoying entertainment by the fabulous Yacht Rock Schooner including

Lauri and Bill Bruton, Dot and Bill Dunaway, Tina and Rob Garcia, Jay Gratwick, Billie and Congressman Phil Gingrey, Susan and Doug Haynie, Judson Hill, Senator Johnny Isakson, Mary and George Karras, Fran and Joe Kirby, Mike Knowles, Lisa and Sam Olens, Congressman Tom Price and Joanne and Bob Walsh.

Speaking of Yacht Rock Schooner, you won’t want to miss their show at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square coming Saturday at 8 p.m. The evening features the music of Steely Dan. For tickets, visit or call (770) 293-0080.

Centerstage North presents Beached Wails

By Topher Payne on Feb. 7 through Feb. 22 at the Art Place Mountain View in Marietta.

Every year, the Harmon sisters enjoy a getaway from their homes, husbands and children in Mississippi, and hit the beach in Gulf Shores. This year’s “Sister Trip” is all the more needed because second-eldest sister Brenda lost her husband a few months ago. But when a hurricane threatens to cut the trip short, Brenda refuses to leave — the storm shares a name with her late husband, and she’s taking it as a sign to stay. As the storm rages, an unexpected visitor arrives, carefully constructed secrets begin to unravel, a $3,000 dress makes an appearance and a debate on Barbara Hershey’s filmography threatens to tear them apart.

The Art Place is at 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. For tickets, visit or call (770) 331-0079.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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