Community will come together to fight cancer at Swordsman’s Ball on Aug. 24
by Sally Litchfield
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Janet O'Brien, Babe Atkins-Byrne, and Bill and Valerie Hilley hold several coveted items donated for the 40th annual American Cancer Society Swordman's Ball at the Marietta Town Square on Wednesday. O'Brien and the Hilleys are Swordsman's Ball chairpersons, while Atkins-Byrne is the ACS Cobb Leadership Council chairperson. <br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Janet O'Brien, Babe Atkins-Byrne, and Bill and Valerie Hilley hold several coveted items donated for the 40th annual American Cancer Society Swordman's Ball at the Marietta Town Square on Wednesday. O'Brien and the Hilleys are Swordsman's Ball chairpersons, while Atkins-Byrne is the ACS Cobb Leadership Council chairperson.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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“Through the Years” is the theme of the 40th annual Swordsman’s Ball at 6:30 p.m. to midnight on Aug. 24 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly hotel in Atlanta. The black-tie optional gala benefits the American Cancer Society and its fight against cancer.

“This year’s ball is focusing on the many years that the Swordsman Ball has helped save lives by raising money for the American Cancer Society,” said Babe Atkins-Byrne, chairperson of the ACS Cobb Leadership Council. “It is one of the longest running galas in Cobb County.”

Over the last 40 years, prominent Cobb County citizens have supported the Swordsman’s Ball by chairing the event such as Cobb County Commission Chair Ernest Barrett (deceased), District Attorney Pat Head, Judge Beverly Collins, Sen. Johnny Isakson, Lee Ryhant (former executive of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company’s operations in Marietta), former Commissioner Butch Thompson and Marsha Thompson, Diane Vaughn Rainey (Children’s HealthCare of Atlanta) and Ga. Rep. Jack Vaughn (deceased).

“Corporations, philanthropic leaders, community leaders along with people in the community come together all for the cause of fighting cancer,” said Atkins-Byrne, also a former ball chair with her husband, former Cobb Commission Chairman Bill Byrne.

Sponsored by WellStar Health System and Lockheed Martin, the ball includes spectacular auctions, an elegant dinner, live entertainment by Terry Lee & the GT’s band, late-night dancing and more. After the dinner and program, the after party begins at 8:30 p.m. An after-party ticket option allows attendees who might not be able to attend the dinner and program to come later to participate in the excitement.

The Swordsman’s Ball is a mainstay in Cobb County and has been attended by thousands of supporters in the past 40 years since its inception.

“We encourage everyone in Cobb County, and the entire Atlanta area, to participate in the Swordsman’s Ball and help celebrate the people in our community who have given of their time to help enhance the lives of others through their servant leadership,” Atkins-Byrne said.

Raising funds and awareness remains an important part of the ball.

“Cancer is a disease that affects everyone, and all of us have experienced the devastation that cancer brings. By supporting the Swordsman’s Ball, we can help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays for everyone,” Atkins-Byrne said.

To learn more about ACS, call 1 (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org. Individual tickets are available for $150 per person. After party individual tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorships and tables are also available. Tickets may be purchased up until the day of the gala. For a donation of $25, a light can be purchased in memory or in honor of someone for the Tree of Light displayed during the evening.

The Renaissance Atlanta Waverly is at 2450 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta.

For ticket information or to sign up to sponsor the event, contact Jessica Sweeney at (770) 429-0089 or jessica.sweeney@

cancer.org or visit the gala’s website at www.SwordsmansBall.org.



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