Kennesaw Museum Foundation Honors Supporters RJ Patel and Vulcan Materials at Annual Gala | Southern Museum

(Kennesaw, GA) — The Kennesaw Museum Foundation recently announced the recipients of their Heroes and Legends Awards for 2010. Former Vice President of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation, RJ Patel, and Vulcan Materials Company are being honored for their continued support of the Museum. The winners will be presented with an award at the annual Heroes and Legends Gala, which will be held at the Embassy Suites in Kennesaw on October 16, 2010.

RJ Patel served as vice president of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation from 1998 to 2010 and chairman of the Annual Campaign Committee during the same time period. Jeff Drobney, director of Recreation and Culture for the City of Kennesaw, praised Patel's fundraising efforts. “I speak on behalf of the Museum Foundation and the City of Kennesaw when I say how much we appreciate RJ's commitment and hard work on countless annual fundraising projects, like the golf tournament and Heroes and Legends Gala. His efforts have helped us achieve new levels of growth.”

Vulcan Materials Company is also being honored for its support of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation as a corporate partner. Vulcan has made significant financial and materials contributions to the Southern Museum, the City of Kennesaw and Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Vulcan is also the major corporate sponsor of the Big Shanty Festival and the Glover Machine Works exhibit at the Museum. “Vulcan Materials has contributed so much to make this community as great as it is. The company's philanthropic spirit has helped build a culturally rich community that families will enjoy for generations to come.”

The Heroes and Legends Gala, scheduled for October 16, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Kennesaw, is a fundraiser held to build support for the Southern Museum's educational and outreach programs. This year's festivities include a live auction, silent auction and a delicious dinner provided by Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. The Gala has a masquerade theme and prizes will be awarded for the most creative masks. Contact Leslie Edge at 770-427-2117 xt.3183 or email hidden; JavaScript is required-gov to purchase tickets.

A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Southern Museum features collections of rare Civil War weapons, uniforms and other personal items; an exciting exhibit about The Great Locomotive Chase, including a short movie; and a full-scale replica of a locomotive factory that helped rebuild the South after the war. The Southern Museum is located 20 miles north of Atlanta, off I-75 at exit 273. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages three through 12 and free children two and under.

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