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GET’s enchanted gala honors Roswell Rotary
by Joan Durbin
August 22, 2012 03:49 PM | 2331 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Roswell Rotary Club President Jacque Digieso, Rotary Club member and Event Chair Bob Hagan and Board President Carla Crowell peruse some of the props Georgia Ensemble Theatre has assembled in its 20 years.
From left, Roswell Rotary Club President Jacque Digieso, Rotary Club member and Event Chair Bob Hagan and Board President Carla Crowell peruse some of the props Georgia Ensemble Theatre has assembled in its 20 years.
Just as no man is an island, no cultural organization can exist without those who are willing to go above and beyond to help build its success.

And so it is for Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

For the ninth year, the Roswell-based theatre company is bestowing its annual Legacy award, which honors individuals and organizations that have had a significant impact on GET’s achievements.

This year, it’s the Roswell Rotary Club, a longtime sponsor of GET’s theatre arts education programming.

GET Artistic Director Bob Farley, a club member since 2005, said the award is richly deserved.

“I genuinely have found the Roswell Rotary to be one of the finest community-based service organizations I have ever encountered,” Farley said. “They cast a wide net of dedicated volunteerism on the part of its members from health care to human trafficking to education and the arts.”

Rotary President Jacque Digieso said she believes the arts reflect the heart of a community.

“Although the club’s efforts primarily support the charitable and educational agencies that make the community strong and healthy, it is also committed to supporting the cultural aspect of Roswell that provides such heart and soul to daily lives,” she said.

“Roswell Rotary has a history of more than 60 years of supporting the quality of life in Roswell. What can bring more spirit, creativity and community pride than a thriving theater?” she said.

“The fact that GET takes time out of its busy theatrical schedule each year to recognize charitable individuals and agencies is a clear indication of how tightly interwoven the arts and the heart of a community can be.”

The Legacy award will be presented during One Enchanted Evening, the annual black tie optional gala hosted by GET. On Sept. 8, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, a four-course meal, a live auction and dancing to the band BacktraX.

“This year’s event will be all about celebrating 20 successful years. We’re literally rolling out the red carpet for this event, complete with paparazzi,” said Event Chair Bob Hagan.

Live auction items include a photo safari for two in Africa, a catered party from Talk of the Town, and a naming sponsorship opportunity for one of GET’s mainstage plays during the 20th anniversary season.

Silent auction items include artwork, restaurant dinners, vacations, a “wine pull,” theater tickets and Disney World passes.

The fundraiser is being held just across the county line at the Atlanta Country Club in east Cobb. Tickets are $150.

For information or for tickets, call (770) 641-1260 or go to

Proceeds from this event will support the extensive mainstage, outreach, and theatre for youth programming provided the theatre and its conservatory.

GET President Emeritus and Trustee Coe Hamling was named the inaugural recipient of the Theatre’s Legacy Award.

Other past honorees include GET past-president Robert Hagan; founding trustee Peter Abreu; former Roswell Mayor W.L. “Pug” Mabry; dedicated GET supporters and arts advocates Drs. Tom and Elizabeth Price; former curator of Fulton County’s Teaching Museum North Jacque Coxe; community volunteer and former GET trustee Helen Owens; the Roswell Woman’s Club; and long-time corporate partners, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Bank of North Georgia, Macy’s and Northside Hospital.

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