The event presented by Balfour Beatty Construction will be presented from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Exhibit Hall C.
Good Eatin’ Great Cause raises awareness about child abuse and raises monies necessary to fund the vital programs provided by SafePath, a certified children’s advocacy center at the state and national level.
SafePath, a nationally recognized children’s advocacy center, was identified by The National Children’s Alliance along with the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia as a mentor center for communities interested in developing similar programs. People from as far as Japan and Europe have visited the SafePath to learn about the program.
“This (event) is a great opportunity. It’s a way for us to put a friendly face on the issue we have to deal with,” said Jinger Robins, executive director of SafePath for 19 years. She is a resident of Kennesaw.
Four competitive teams comprised of employees from Cobb County Police Department, Cobb County Fire Department, Marietta Fire Department and Cobb County Sheriff’s Office will participate in a cook-off. Guest chefs will judge the competition.
During the cook-off, guests can enjoy tapas-style samplings prepared by 30 different chefs from metro Atlanta restaurants who volunteer their time and fare such as Seed Kitchen & Bar, Canoe, Chicken & the Egg, C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar, Gabriel’s, Common Quarter, Henry’s Louisiana Grill, Cardamom Hill, Hammocks Trading Co., Ray’s on the River, 1920 Tavern and more.
“Food has always been a nurturing thing where communities come together to celebrate things that they achieve. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate what we’ve accomplished at SafePath and enable us to continue what we do by raising the funds we need,” she said.
SafePath provides a non-threatening centralized location where professionals from the community such as law enforcement, therapists, DFACS and other agencies provide support and services as a collaborative team to children who are victims of alleged child abuse and non-offending caregivers.
“We ensure that is done in a way that does not re-traumatize the children or non-offending caregivers. They get the services they need in one spot in an efficient and effective manner so the children can go through the process and begin the road to healing,” said Robins, who has a background in behavioral psychology.
“We’re one of the best advocacy centers in the nation,” Robins said.
The cost to attend is $75 per person. A cash bar is available. Tickets are available at the door or can be ordered at safepath.org. Public Safety personnel can call (770) 801-3469 for a discounted rate. Attendees can dress casual.
The Galleria is at Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.
SafePath is at 736 Whitlock Avenue, Suite 600, Marietta.