Kennesaw Museum Foundation's Heroes and Legends Gala Raises Funds for Southern Museum Education and Outreach | Southern Museum

(Kennesaw, GA) — The Kennesaw Museum Foundation hosted its annual Heroes and Legends Gala on October 16, 2010, at the Embassy Suites Kennesaw. The event raised $25,000 to support educational and outreach programs at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. The Gala also honored RJ Patel and Vulcan Materials Company for their outstanding support of the Southern Museum.

Jeff Drobney, director of Recreation and Culture for the City of Kennesaw, expressed his gratitude to the local businesses and individuals who support the Southern Museum. “We are so thankful for the support given to us by the community; in return, we remain committed to sharing the stories of its artifacts and people so that all individuals may have the opportunity to understand its significance to our nation's history” Drobney said.

Award recipient 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. 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 was also the major corporate sponsor of the Big Shanty Festival and the Glover Machine Works exhibit at the Museum.

The Gala festivities included a live auction, silent auction and dinner catered by Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. The $25,000 that was raised for the Southern Museum was made possible by Cobb EMC, City of Kennesaw, MacTec, O'Neill Communications, North Georgia Staffing, Atlanta Bonded Warehouse, Kennesaw Business Association, Doug & Claudia Davis, BB&T, Embassy Suites-Kennesaw and State Bank & Trust.

About the Kennesaw Museum Foundation

The Kennesaw Museum Foundation raises funds and promotes awareness about the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, located in historic Kennesaw, GA. The Foundation's mission is to garner support for the Museum's efforts to connect the community and visitors with the historical and cultural significance of Kennesaw. For more information about the Kennesaw Museum Foundation, visit To find out more about the Museum, including location and hours, visit

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