The event benefits SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, a local nonprofit organization that provides services to victims of child abuse.
While teams from the Sheriff’s Department, Cobb County Law Enforcement, Marietta Fire Department and Cobb County Fire Department compete in a cook-off at the third annual SafePath event, guests have the opportunity to taste tapas-style dishes from 30 chefs at their individual booths. WSB-TV’s Erin Coleman will be the media host.
“(The event) is about raising money so we can continue to serve Cobb County when they need our assistance,” said Jinger Robins, executive director of SafePath. “There is such a big task when the children go through the process (of an allegation of child abuse). We have to have the funds in order to do that. Cobb County is a big county.”
Located at 736 Whitlock Ave., SafePath provides a non-threatening centralized location where professionals from the community such as law enforcement, therapists, DFACS and other agencies collaborate and provide support and services to children who are victims of child abuse and non-offending caregivers.
Through its services, SafePath reduces trauma for children and their families.
“Our support goes to holding the hands of families and children from the beginning of the investigation and allegation all the way through prosecution in the courtroom to treatment so that the children can go past victimization and really thrive again in childhood,” she said.
More than 700 attended last year. Balfour Beatty Construction, the presenting sponsor, is joined by other local businesses to make the event possible. “I am in awe of the response when you give the community an avenue, a way that they can come together to raise funds to protect children. I stand in awe of how tremendous (the event) has been and what a great success it’s been,” Robins said.
“You were a child once. I was a child once. All of us as adults who were responsible for our laws, protecting our community, engaging in what will make a safe society for our children — we were all children once. This event is important so that we can raise the funds in order to provide the services at SafePath so that the children today grow up to be healthy adults for tomorrow,” Robins said.
The cost is $75 per person, and tickets can be purchased at safepath.org. Tickets available at the door as well. Public safety personnel can call (770) 801-3465 and get a discounted rate.