2018 Annual Report

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Influence is the power to have an important effect on someone or something. If someone influences someone else, they are changing a person or thing in an indirect but important way. Throughout this annual report, you will read about ways in which Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and ArtsBridge Foundation have had powerful, lasting effects on people and organizations as well as how they have redefined and united a community.

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“ Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance.” NIKOLA TESLA

IN MEMORIAM JOHN A. WILLIAMS We dedicate this annual report to John A. Williams, founding Chairman of Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority. John was an icon whose fingerprints can be found on any number of progressive projects, including Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. As the earliest and largest single donor, his exceptional contribution helped make the vision for the performing arts center a reality. A philanthropist, a real estate developer and a business leader, John Williams leaves a lasting legacy for his role in transforming the quality of life throughout the region and especially in Cobb County.

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LE T TER FROM THE CHAIRMAN We are pleased to report that 2018 was a year of

of the Authority, the ArtsBridge Foundation Board, and to the

accomplishment and success. Once again, Cobb Galleria

many staff members and volunteers who make my job easy –

Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and ArtsBridge

and make me look good every day!

Foundation exceeded all expectations. Our venues continue to live up to our mission of enhancing the quality of life and providing economic benefit to Cobb County and the state of Georgia. As the arts and community outreach arm of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, ArtsBridge’s signature education programs served nearly 30,000 students and educators from 58 counties within the southeast region. We chose the theme Influence in memory and in honor of

Please enjoy reading this 2018 Annual Report, where we profile several people and organizations who have been positively influenced — sometimes in life-changing ways — by their experiences in our venues and through our programming. Their inspiring stories motivate me to achieve more for the Authority as we transition to 2019. Sincerely,

John A. Williams. John, who passed away earlier this year, was a founding member of both the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority and the ArtsBridge Foundation. He provided the vision and leadership for the development of the convention center and performing arts center. John dreamed it, and then made it happen. We will miss his friendship, tenacity and never-ending generosity. The replacement of the Cobb Galleria Centre’s outdoor digital marquee was definitely one of our many accomplishments in 2018. Thank you to Bob Voyles, Chairman of the Authority’s Real Estate Committee, for his expertise and leadership throughout that project. While upgrades to our central plant may not be glamorous, they are critical to ensuring guest satisfaction. Additional gratitude goes to my fellow members

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JERRY NIX, CHAIRMAN Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority

THE 2018 AUTHORIT Y The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority owns and operates the Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, ArtsBridge Foundation and Galleria Specialty Shops.

pictured from top left:


The seven-member Authority is a body corporate and politic created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1980 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, operating and maintaining facilities for the general purpose of promoting cultural growth, education and welfare.

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LE T TER FROM THE CEO It was an outstanding year for the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum

This year the Authority reinvested $5.2 million from reserves

& Exhibit Hall Authority. Together, the Cobb Galleria Centre

for major capital improvements. Projects included heating

and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre surpassed their

and air conditioning improvements and closed-circuit

revenue goals and generated a combined economic impact

television upgrades, new traffic management equipment and

of $198 million on Cobb County and the state of Georgia.

the addition of a new, state-of-the-art digital marquee sign.

Economic impact is a key metric for us and an essential part

With ongoing planned capital improvement projects, our

of our strategic plan.

goal is to provide safer, more secure venues enhancing the

With 411,000 visitors attending 464 events at the convention

guest experience and improving operating efficiency.

center, our close partnerships with Cobb Travel & Tourism and

ArtsBridge, the arts education and community outreach arm

the local hospitality community strengthen our competitive

of the performing arts center, once again offered a spectrum

edge and contribute to our success in attracting major, multi-

of experiences for educators and students K-12. The

day conventions and trade shows.

2017-2018 programming encompassed valuable outreach

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre made major strides in diversity, inclusion and the attraction of new audiences. For fiscal year 2018, the Centre was ranked 36th in the world for sales by the industry magazine, Pollstar©, and the programming, more than ever before, engaged the community. Over 277,000 patrons attended 283 performances and events, and our sales for 2019 are already well ahead of last year.

partnerships with prestigious organizations including The Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Ballet, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Georgia Lottery. This year we welcomed Jennifer Dobbs, Executive Director, and Sarah Clay Lindvall, Director of Education and Community Outreach, who both have a background of significant achievement in the nonprofit and arts education sectors. Whether a board member, donor, patron, volunteer or staff,

Together, the Cobb Galleria Centre and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre surpassed their revenue goals and generated a combined economic impact of $198 million on Cobb County and the state of Georgia.

each individually contributes to our collective mission. Our success would not be possible without their continued support. We invite you to read our 2018 Annual Report to learn more about how our organization positively influences the entire region. Sincerely,

MICHELE L. SWANN General Manager & CEO Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority

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ECONOMIC IMPACT The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority engaged a third party firm to perform an Economic Impact Study for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. The study provides an independent analysis of the total financial impact of the Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Cobb County and the state of Georgia. COBB COUNTY Total Economic Impact




$ 127,450,000

$ 19,272,000

$ 146,722,000

Employment (number of FTE jobs) Personal Earnings




$ 45,350,000



$ 52,103,000

$ 172,228,000

$ 25,402,000

$ 197,630,000

STATE OF GEORGIA (Includes County) Total Economic Impact

Employment (number of FTE jobs) Personal Earnings


$ 58,725,000


270 8,617,000


$ 67,342,000

Total Economic Impact is the total direct, indirect and induced spending effects generated by each facility’s operations. Employment represents the number of full and part time jobs supported by each facility’s operations. Personal Earnings are the estimated wages and salaries earned by employees of businesses associated with or impacted by each facility’s operations.

TAX REVENUE IMPACT COBB COUNTY Local Option, Liquor by the Drink, Hotel/Motel Tax










Sales & Use Tax, Personal and Corporate Income Tax







Total Tax Revenue Impact








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Event activity at the Cobb Galleria Centre was brisk in 2018, with several annual events achieving record-breaking attendance such as Anime Weekend Atlanta, Disney Musicals’ Junior Theater Festival and the Georgia Poultry Federation’s Night of Knights celebration. The Centre welcomed several new conventions, trade shows and corporate events including T-Mobile, the International Biomass Conference and Expo, Industrial Pack and the International Association of Operative Millers. The convention center’s flexible space, welcoming hospitality community and Cumberland’s incomparable amenities make it possible to attract these diverse bookings. A BEACON FOR THE GALLERIA SKYLINE A new, 100-foot-tall outdoor digital marquee stands tall and bright along Interstate 285 outside the Cobb Galleria Centre. The iconic sign features a 25-foot tall and 48-foot wide LED display, almost double the size of the previous marquee. The one-of-a-kind structure was designed by Cooper Carry and fabricated by DeNyse Signs, with a superior display

Total Attendance

system by Formetco.


MODERN EVENT SPACE At the end of 2017, the Cobb Galleria Centre completed a major renovation of one of its event spaces, The Gallery. Complete with finely appointed décor, tile floors and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, this unique, 5,500-square-foot venue is well-suited for wedding receptions, corporate events, holiday parties, social events and more. Steps away from Cobb Galleria Centre’s exhibition hall, ballroom and meeting space, The Gallery accommodates up to 450 guests for a reception or 270 people for a seated banquet in an elegant and intimate setting with its own exterior entrance and direct access to parking.

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FOOD & BEVERAGE TRANSFORMATION Cobb Galleria Centre further aligned food and beverage operations in 2018, resulting in an even higher-quality culinary experience for guests. The new menus, focused on southern inspiration, bring a fresh, innovative approach to food and beverage. The offerings, primarily sourced from local and regional farms and small businesses, are designed to fit any type of event whether it is a large convention or a corporate board meeting.

ACCOLADES The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority was recognized in 2018 by a number of professional industry publications and associations: • After editorial review, Cobb Galleria Centre was chosen as one of ConventionSouth magazine’s top 66 new or renovated meeting sites in the South. • The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Georgia Chapter recognized the Authority’s 2017 Annual Report with a Phoenix Award in the Annual Report category. • The Printing Industries of America’s (PIA) 2018 Premier Print Awards presented a “Benny” in the Business and Annual Reports category to Elanders America’s Acworth facility for

Event activity at the Cobb Galleria Centre was brisk in 2018, with several annual events achieving recordbreaking attendance such as Anime Weekend Atlanta, Disney Musicals’ Junior Theater Festival and the Georgia Poultry Federation’s Night of Knights celebration.

the Authority’s 2017 Annual Report. • For the 23rd consecutive year, the Authority was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. • The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) honored Cobb Galleria Centre with a first-place award in the Annual Report category of the Art of the Show Competition, which recognizes marketing excellence in the exhibitions industry. This is the ninth time the Centre has received this award.


Culinary Director / Executive Chef Cobb Galleria Centre & Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre host nearly 800 events a year, and for Nicholas Walker, Culinary Director/Executive Chef, the kitchen is his home away from home. Chef Walker is with family when he’s surrounded by his team preparing a meal for 25 to 4,000 guests. Chef Walker is a native of Macon, and his communal “Southern Roots” influence the food he creates. “People who travel from different states want the type of food that they might not get in another convention center or part of

the country,” says Walker, who fuses those flavors with his classical French training. “We play with global flavors in southern cuisine,” he says. “Our kitchens have diversity, people from Ghana, Latin America and Texas. Everybody brings their own little piece to it. It makes it fun and innovative for our guests.” Chef Walker lives the farm-to-table philosophy every day. Eighty percent of the vegetables and grains served are from farms within Georgia or the southeast, with some even coming from the Galleria’s on-premise garden.

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MIKE GILES President / Georgia Poultry Federation

While Georgia is known for peaches and pecans, poultry is the largest agricultural industry in the state, contributing more than $18 billion to our economy every year. The Georgia Poultry Federation brings growers and sellers from across the state together to celebrate and raise funds at the Cobb Galleria Centre every year. “Next year will be 25 years!” said Mike Giles, President of the trade association. “It is our most important event of the year. Our guests have the opportunity to network with their colleagues and peers in the industry.” The nonprofit’s Night of Knights dinner event raises most of its operating revenue for the year at the celebration, which always features a big-name country

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entertainer. The most recent event was headlined by Josh Turner. Others who’ve entertained in years past include Randy Travis and Willie Nelson. “Hosting our event at the Galleria has helped us be successful,” Giles said. “Chef Walker really makes an effort to highlight and feature Georgiagrown chicken and products, which we appreciate. It’s just amazing that he presents the dish to us as a small group for a tasting and then recreates it for a crowd of 4,000 people. It really is a great facility, but it’s about the people who make the event special. The staff has been amazing at giving us a good experience year after year.”



Since opening in 1994, Cobb Galleria Centre’s operating

Debt service for the Cobb Galleria Centre is provided for by a

revenues have exceeded operating expenses each year,

portion of the Hotel/Motel and Liquor by the Drink Taxes collected

resulting in an operating profit.

by Cobb County and the municipalities within Cobb County.

Fiscal year ending September 30, 2018 (unaudited)

Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority has entered into


$ 13,044,000

separate agreements with Cobb County and the municipalities in


which all or a portion of the Hotel/Motel and Liquor By The Drink


$ 1,490,000

Capital Expenditures paid from Reserves



Tax collections are remitted directly to the Authority’s Bond Trustee for the servicing of the Authority’s bond debt. Remaining amounts are forwarded to the Authority and used to pay amounts which the Authority is contractually obligated to remit back to the County and municipalities and to provide funding for Cobb Travel & Tourism. Fiscal year ending September 30, 2018 (unaudited)

Gross Tax Revenues Remitted to the Bond Trustee: Hotel/Motel Tax

$ 18,927,000

Liquor By The Drink Tax


$ 19,849,000

Debt Service (6,522,000)

$ 13,327,000

Contractual Payments Back to the County/Municipalities (7,405,000) Cobb Travel & Tourism Funding (1,427,000) Intergovernmental Revenue Surplus

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COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is consistently ranked one of the top 50 theaters in the world by Pollstar Magazine, and its influence ripples throughout our community on a daily basis. Cobb Energy Centre welcomes patrons from all over the southeast. In the past year, 76 percent of patrons were from outside Cobb County, which has a profound economic impact on local businesses and our community. EXPANDED REACH New audiences experienced the magic of Cobb Energy Centre thanks to a diverse performance lineup including new digital media sensations such as My Favorite Murder, world music stars Marisela and Amanda Miguel and Beres Hammond. Hammond’s reggae show sold out, and more than half of his audience had never been to Cobb Energy Centre before. Comedians remain a staple of the Centre’s lineup including shows by Trevor Noah, Rodney Carrington, Eddie B. and “America’s Got Talent” winner Darci Lynne Farmer. The variety of the bookings allows for an ever-growing audience, both geographically and demographically.

CLASSIC ENTERTAINMENT While the types of shows and audiences at Cobb Energy Centre become more diverse, organizations who have been at the theater for many years continue to grow their audiences and add more performances as well. Resident companies The Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet each added a production this year, and the Alliance Theatre brought its popular Broadway-scale production “A Christmas Carol” to Cobb Energy Centre for 21 performances.

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In the past year, 76 percent of patrons were from outside Cobb County, which has a profound economic impact on local businesses and our community.

A TASTE OF THE SOUTH, A TASTE OF THE WORLD The culinary team, headed by Culinary Director/Executive Chef Nicholas Walker, recently introduced a new southern-roots inspired menu to guests who attend events in the upscale, Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom. The team fuses global flavors with southern comfort food. The Atlanta Opera hosted a dinner on stage for patrons who attended Carmen, a story set in southern Spain where a naĂŻve soldier is seduced by a gypsy named Carmen. Spain and the set inspired the flavors and style of the meal, while incorporating locally-sourced foods.

COBB ENERGY CENTRE 2018 Total Events/ Performances

283 Total Attendance


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Regional Retail Marketing Manager / Kia Motors America, Inc. Guests coming to shows at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre can’t miss the new Kia vehicles parked in the plaza as they make their way to the front entrance. This is all part of Kia’s official vehicle sponsorship at the Cobb Energy Centre, an eight-year relationship. Ashley Lord, who serves as Kia Motors’ regional retail marketing manager in the southeast, states that the sponsorship with the Cobb Energy Centre is one of Kia’s oldest and most consistent Atlanta sponsorships. “The exposure we get with our cars there 24/7, 365 days a year for eight years proves to be a very good, solid sponsorship for Kia Motors,” says Lord. Through this sponsorship Kia assists in making the arts possible. Kia executive Percy Vaughn sits on the board and sponsors events for ArtsBridge Foundation, the educational outreach arm of the Cobb Energy Centre. While the community is a better place for Kia’s sponsorship, Kia equally enjoys the relationship. Lord says the relaxed auto viewing experience available to the Centre’s varied audiences has led to thousands of leads for Kia’s 15 dealers in Atlanta.

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Volunteer Usher / Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre When you arrive to a show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Susan Levy may show you to your seat and offer you fun trivia along the way. She may tell you the glass chandeliers in the lobby were handcrafted by artisans on the Venetian island of Murano. And she’ll make sure you have everything you need to enjoy the show. Susan’s influence is part of what makes a trip to the theatre magical. When her mother passed away in 2007, to soften her grief, Levy was guided by some of her mother’s advice to give back, to be part of a community. So, she signed up to volunteer at the soon-to-open performing arts venue. “That first year, having a beautiful venue to look at, meeting people and seeing great shows, I didn’t get depressed,” she smiles. Through the years, Levy has formed special friendships not only with fellow ushers but with patrons, as well. In 2016, Levy would experience the influence of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre once more when she learned she had a serious illness. The treatment was demanding. She was surprised to discover that although she was a single woman, she was surrounded by family. “The volunteers of Cobb Energy Centre were at my doorstep,” she shares. “They took me to doctors, they took me meals. I had so much support.”

COBB ENERGY CENTRE Fiscal year ending September 30, 2018 (unaudited)


$ 9,734,000

OPERATING EXPENSES (7,716,000) OPERATING PROFIT (before depreciation)

$ 2,018,000

Operating results do not include depreciation expense of $2.2 million.

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ARTSBRIDGE FOUNDATION ArtsBridge Foundation continues to enrich lives and influence students across the southeast. The nonprofit’s mission is to expand arts education for all Georgia students, providing quality and affordable field trips, master classes, family programs, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards, and other educational opportunities so that every student has access to arts experiences. EXPANDING ARTS EDUCATION Last year, ArtsBridge served nearly 30,000 students across the state of Georgia and welcomed audience members from five additional states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee. Since 2007, the nonprofit has influenced more than 350,000 students and educators, exposing them to the intangible benefits of expression, creativity, collaboration, non-verbal communication and focus. ArtsBridge Foundation is committed to providing professional development for students and educators. In 2018, ArtsBridge provided six master classes taught by touring Broadway performers, a performing and visual arts college fair (the only one of its kind in the state), a director’s boot camp for local educators, and an inaugural musical theater intensive for high school students.

FAMILY PROGRAMMING In partnership with Cobb Energy Centre, ArtsBridge provided families in need and community organizations the opportunity to attend three family theatrical performances for free through their Family Programming Series. These fun and engaging performances provide families the opportunity to introduce young audiences to the performing arts through shows they may already know and love.

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EMMY® WINNER The Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards, is a yearlong program directed by the ArtsBridge Foundation. The program includes 75 schools from across Georgia that culminates in a live, red carpet awards show and is televised and live streamed on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Its 2017 production earned a 2018 Emmy® in the Special Event Coverage Live category. Thanks to the generosity of ArtsBridge donors, 10 students who participated in the 2018 awards show received college scholarships, the highest number given in a single year.

DR. LISS MAYNARD Principal Clarkdale Elementary School

An 8-year-old presses her nose and palms against her school bus’ window. Her eyes light up and she gasps when the bus pulls in front of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. This little girl is one of 760 bright children from Clarkdale Elementary, a Title 1 school. To qualify for Title 1 funding, at least 40 percent of students need to come from households below the poverty line. At 81.4 percent, most of Clarkdale’s students qualify for reduced lunch. The Clarkdale kids travel from Austell to experience not just magnificent architecture but the transformative magic of the performing arts. This experience is organized and funded in large part by the ArtsBridge Foundation. The nonprofit is dedicated to providing students with high-quality performing arts education. “This is about opening more doors to opportunity,” said Dr. Liss Maynard, Clarkdale’s principal. “It’s about seeing what’s out there in the world as opposed to being confined to your community. You have to be multi-dimensional if you want to be competitive in a global society.” Her goal for Clarkdale is to become STEAM Certified, an educational approach that combines science,

technology, engineering, arts and math. Proponents of STEAM say it helps students gather more knowledge and soft-skills that are necessary in the real world including creativity, problemsolving and communication. When Maynard started at Clarkdale, the school’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index was abysmal, around 57. Now the score is a 79. “To see us grow and to see the kids growing, it makes my heart smile,” she says. The score is a reflection of her goal to create the right environment for teachers by providing them with the tools they need. That includes the school’s partnership with ArtsBridge for the past five years. Maynard knows these opportunities have an immediate impact on her students’ success. And she knows ArtsBridge opportunities will influence them to be “multi-dimensional” people in the future. But her favorite thing about the field trips? “The wonder in their eyes and the joy in their voices!”

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Sam Olens

President Clare Richardson

Helen S. Carlos Community Volunteer

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Counsel, Public Policy Dentons

Shan Cooper Executive Director Atlanta Committee for Progress

Kessel D. Stelling, Jr.

Barbarella Diaz

Percy Vaughn

Executive VP of Community Affairs Diaz Foods

Director, Southern Regional Operations Kia Motors America, Inc.

Vice-President Joanne Truffelman Chemistry Atlanta

President & CEO Synovus Financial Corp.

Secretary Larry Dingle Wilson Brock & Irby, LLC

Fran Frederich Private Client Manager Renasant Bank

Jack Ward

Jerry Nix

Barbara E. Williams (Emeritus)

CFO (Retired) Genuine Parts Company

JF Ward Enterprises, LLC

Former State Farm Agent & Cobb County Commissioner

ARTSBRIDGE FOUNDATION, INC. Fiscal year ending September 30, 2018 (unaudited)

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Support and Revenues




$ (640,000)

Change in Net Assets




Playwright $2,500 - $4,999

Audience $1 - $249

Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority

Audrey B. Morgan, The Morgan Family Fund

Anonymous (1,431)

Georgia Lottery

Atlanta Braves Foundation

Lettie Pate Evans Foundation

Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Julie Arnold

The Molly Blank Fund (Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation)

Nigel & Clare Richardson

Walton Communities


Director $10,000 – $24,999 Jimmy & Helen S. Carlos

Smiley for Kylie Foundation Publix Super Markets Charities Tull Charitable Foundation

Delta Community Credit Union

Presenter $1,000 - $2,499

Genuine Parts Company

Mike Boyce

Georgia Council for the Arts


Regions Bank

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Sartain Lanier Family Foundation

McKenney’s, Inc.

Wells Fargo Foundation

Kathleen E. Rios

The Zeist Foundation

Earl Smith

Designer $5,000 - $9,999

Bob & Belle Voyles

Robert & Susan Arko Carole Brooks Anne Camery Cantigny Research Foundation, Inc. Sondra Dillon Shea Jones Fred & Judith Keith Mike Knowles Susan M. Levy Deborah Lundquist David & Barbara Nadler Kinsey O Lee Elizabeth H. Roper Tama Tanowitz The Westminister Schools

Abney Family Foundation

Lead Actor $500 - $999


Bennett Thrasher Foundation

Judith M. Alembik

Alliance Theatre

Cobb Community Foundation

Cumberland Mall

Bennett Thrasher Foundation, Inc.

Ed Voyles Automotive Group

Sam & Lisa Olens

Big Chow Grill

Emerson Climate Technologies

Bennie Shaw

Broadway Dreams Foundation

Jerry & Cheryl Nix John & Mary Franklin Foundation Lynn Cochran-Schroder Synovus Foundation

Ensemble $250 - $499

Chick-Fil-A Costco

Mike Cronin

Diaz Foods

Sara Stephens

Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park

Joanne Truffelman

Georgia Public Broadcasting Georgia State University Grub Burger Akers Mill Hotel Indigo KIA Motors of America Magnum Murph’s Norcostco Performer’s Warehouse Staging Directions Subway

Listing reflects gifts given between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.

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THANK YOU We wish to express our appreciation to the members of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority and to the numerous business leaders whose continued support helped us prosper and reach our goals for 2018. We also wish to thank LevelOne Design for their efforts designing this Annual Report. The Atlanta Opera photography by Jeff Roffman. Atlanta Ballet photography by Gene Schiavone. Special thanks to Chris Savas for portrait photography used in Influence features.

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