Library Foundation Gala to benefit libraries in lieu of drastic budget cuts
by Sally Litchfield
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Members of the Cobb Library Foundation pose with some of the auction items and decorations they have collected for the Booked for the Evening Gala on Oct. 17 to be presented at the Marietta Country Club. From left, Executive Director Linda Hoynes, committee members Allison Carter, Nikki Parker, Dr. Betty Ann Cook, Wanda Randall, Vice President Carol Ney, Robert Miller, Annette Lee, Marsha Savage and Martina Goscha.  <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Members of the Cobb Library Foundation pose with some of the auction items and decorations they have collected for the Booked for the Evening Gala on Oct. 17 to be presented at the Marietta Country Club. From left, Executive Director Linda Hoynes, committee members Allison Carter, Nikki Parker, Dr. Betty Ann Cook, Wanda Randall, Vice President Carol Ney, Robert Miller, Annette Lee, Marsha Savage and Martina Goscha.
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On Oct. 17 at 6 p.m., make sure that you’re Booked for the Evening at the Cobb County Library Foundation’s third annual gala. Booked for the Evening benefiting the Cobb County Public Library System is at Marietta Country Club in Kennesaw.

Stuart Woods, award-winning author of more than 50 thrillers, will be the guest speaker at the Gala. Woods, a Georgia native and University of Georgia graduate, will receive the Carol and Jim Ney Literary Award. Woods’ latest novel is “Doing Hard Time.” Learn more at stuartwoods.com.

The evening includes VIP reception with Woods, buffet, cocktails and auction with fabulous items such as artwork by prominent Atlanta area artists, trips, jewelry, books and event packages. Last year, Cobb artist Linda Flournoy won an auction item donated by Woods to become a character in his new book. The character might be revealed at the Gala.

The gala is one way the Library Foundation, a nonprofit, provides funds for the library system and builds awareness of its programs and services.

“The Foundation’s support of our library system is instrumental in the continual upgrade of materials and services offered by the library system,” said Annette Lee.

Lee and husband Tim Lee, Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, are honorary chairs of the gala. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and his wife, Lisa, are also honorary chairs of the event.

Celebrating its 10th year, the Foundation has funded numerous projects that have enriched the 16 Cobb libraries, including portable computer labs, E Government Stations, early learning stations for children and special books and multimedia materials for the Hattie Gaines Wilson Youth Services Department.

“The funding from the county and state governments has been cut drastically, and in order to continue the quality learning programs and technology enhancements, the foundation provides the added support that reaches out to the business and local community to bridge that gap,” said Lee, a northeast Cobb resident. She works at MUST Ministries as director of administrative services.

The gala provides an opportunity to build awareness.

“The annual gala is one of the largest fundraising efforts of the year for the foundation and provides a venue to educate and engage the community and its leaders about the foundation and the needs of the library system,” she said.

“Our libraries provide a learning environment that starts with infancy and goes through to our senior years. It is there that the gift of learning, storytelling and imagination never end. It establishes a way of life that the community embraces every day. There is no better way to touch so many by one’s own financial support,” Lee said.

The country club is at 1400 Marietta Country Club Drive, Kennesaw.

Individual tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.cobblibraryfoundation.org. Call (770) 528-2196 for more information.

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