Since 1960, the nonprofit CFR has worked to stabilize and empower families to become self-sufficient. CFR offers hope to the working poor and homeless by helping with employment, education, housing services, leadership development programs, mentoring opportunities and temporary financial and food assistance, according to thecfr.org.
“The gala is CFR’s largest fundraiser and instrumental to their having the financial resources to meet their mission. The Gala provides important funds that are unallocated and therefore can be used for critical needs,” said Marietta resident Ben Mathis, managing partner of the law firm of Freeman, Mathis & Gary.
Mathis co-chairs the event with his wife Mary Anne, also a partner in FM & G along with Shan Cooper, vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and General Manager of the company’s Marietta facility, and her husband, Eddie Cooper. Eddie Cooper is an attorney with Eddie Cooper & Associates.
“The dollars raised during the gala are critical to the CFR’s operations, allowing it to continue to execute its invaluable programs and services for hundreds of Cobb’s less fortunate citizens,” said Shan Cooper, a Marietta resident.
Guided by organizational values of family, integrity, results, service and teamwork, CFR is committed to helping families. This black tie optional affair brings community members together to support a non-profit that helps families become contributing members of society. Since 1999, the gala has raised more than $3 million for CFR.
“For more than 50 years, the CFR has strived to break the cycle of poverty in Cobb County by helping deserving individuals and families become self-sufficient and independent. CFR helps those down on their luck develop talents and skills to become contributing members of our community. CFR offers a hand up, not a hand out. Supporting the CFR supports our community and we’re all the better for it,” Cooper said.
“CFR is one of Cobb’s most versatile charities. It addresses a variety of needs and particularly much needed support for single mothers and children. I am always impressed with how they focus on developing job skills and helping those in need obtain employment and break the cycle of poverty. They have a tremendous track record, and people can have confidence that their contributions are well spent,” Mathis said.
“We encourage everyone to join us on March 2 for a great evening and an even greater cause,” Cooper said.
The evening includes complimentary valet parking, cocktail hour before dinner, viewing of the 86th Academy Awards, live entertainment and dancing.
The cost is $150 per person. Tickets may be purchased at www.cfrredcarpetgala.com or by calling (770) 428-2601.