Annual Shop for a Cause on Tuesday will benefit families struggling with drug addiction
by Sally Litchfield
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The 6th Annual Shop for a Cause event chair Lana Freeland, right, and other members of Reconnecting Families look over some of the donated items for the Nov. 12 event to be conducted at The Marietta Brickyard. From left, Mea Fagiola, Lynette Leviton, Debbie Ponder, Karen Carter, Peggy Houghton, Carrie Kennedy and Reconnecting Families Chair Liz Cole.  <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
The 6th Annual Shop for a Cause event chair Lana Freeland, right, and other members of Reconnecting Families look over some of the donated items for the Nov. 12 event to be conducted at The Marietta Brickyard. From left, Mea Fagiola, Lynette Leviton, Debbie Ponder, Karen Carter, Peggy Houghton, Carrie Kennedy and Reconnecting Families Chair Liz Cole.
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Ready! Set! Shop … for a Cause! The 6th Annual Shop for a Cause is Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening of cocktails, snacks, and shopping at The Brickyard in Marietta benefits Reconnecting Families.

“This is an evening which allows Reconnecting Families to let the community know our mission and how we meet that mission,” said Lana Freeland, a former Reconnecting Families Board chair and Shop For A Cause Committee chair. Liz Cole currently chairs the organization.

Through a collaborative partnership between the community, academic sector and Cobb County government, Reconnecting Families helps children and families live drug-free lives. In its sixth year, the non-profit supports families in Cobb County Juvenile Drug Court and Family Dependency Treatment Court dealing with the crisis of drug addiction.

Support is provided by paying utilities, medical needs, housing, education costs such as college scholarships, a GED program, and clothes through its clothes closet.

“The court requires accountability and Reconnecting Families helps those who are being accountable with the necessities of life,” said Freeland, a Chattanooga resident who retired as food service director for Marietta City Schools.

“The public should support Reconnecting Families because this is an organization like so many others that helps those who are working hard to help themselves. Because of the support of our community including First Baptist and First Presbyterian Churches of Marietta, Leadership Cobb, Marietta Kiwanis, the Diaper Day Committee and so many more including the money raised through this event we help our families. The families who have worked hard to be good parents support their families and be successful and independent,” she said.

More than 23 vendors such as Ann Roth Shoes, 2 Sister’s Secrets, Tisch Jewelry, and L. Michelle will be on hand selling their goods with 20 percent of proceeds donated to Reconnecting Families.

“Most of the vendors are unique and will have original pieces of work made by the vendor. We also have shops on the Square who will be staying open late as part of the evening including Limelight, Doodlebugz, Lizards and Lollipopz and Rhinos and Rhinestonez,” she said.

“It is a fun evening with great shopping, wine and food and fellowship,” Freeland said.

The Brickyard is at 129 Church St., Marietta.

To learn more, visit www.reconnectingfamilies.org.

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