“Jean Alice and I are delighted to be honorary chairs of the Cobb Arts Ball because of what the arts mean to our community,” Marietta Mayor Steve ‘Thunder’ Tumlin said. “The arts play a vital role in our community as they make a major contribution to the quality of life in Cobb.”
The night promises dinner, drinks, live and silent auctions and a casino setup. Local artist Steve Penley, University of Georgia alumni, joins the Tumlins as honorary chair. Penley’s achievements include solo exhibitions at The World of Coke museum in Atlanta and the selection as the official artist of the 2004 G8 Summit held at Sea Island.
The mission of United Arts of Cobb is to create and administer a permanent endowment fund that will support and enrich the artistic endeavors of United Arts of Cobb members. The endowment fund is funded by contributions and the net proceeds of the annual Cobb Arts Ball.
Through four arts balls, UAC has more than $300,000 in the endowment fund, according to Ron Francis, chairman. Francis, a Marietta resident, serves as vice chairman and CEO of First Landmark Bank at 307 North Marietta Parkway.
UAC recently disbursed its first grants totaling $30,000 to seven arts members, all for educational purposes of Cobb and Marietta students. Recipients include the Georgia Ballet, Tell Tale Theatre, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, the Cobb Symphony, the Georgia Conservancy of Dance, Cobb Wind Symphony and the Big Chicken Chorus. At the end of this year, Francis anticipates UAC will make a second round of grants.
The Cobb Arts Ball is a way for the community to help UAC support arts groups financially. “For the art organizations, being over 100 of them in Cobb, to thrive and contribute to their potential, we as a community need to support them financially in these challenging times,” Tumlin said. “The various art organizations struggle to cover their expenses and the Cobb Arts Ball is an avenue to support and strengthen these organizations and keep them viable.”
He said a healthy arts community is community for the wellbeing of the county. “The Cobb Arts Ball is a ‘win-win’ as it is a fun way to provide support for our important arts community, both now and for the future, while having a great evening,” Tumlin added.
For more information, visit www.unitedartsofcobb.org. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities visit, www.showclix.com/event/235841 or call (888) 71-TICKETS.