The Charity Committee of the Chattahoochee Plantation Women’s Club is thrilled to announce its annual charity gala event will take place Saturday, April 28 at 7pm under the stars at 100 Atlanta Country Club Drive. The gala will feature a private concert by Yacht Rock Schooner and food catered by celebrity ‘cheftainer’ Alex Reethof (an East Cobb resident). The charity gala will benefit Gathering Industries. The charity committee is led this year by Carie Buchanan, Tina Engberg, and Jennifer Risey. This year’s event is an all-inclusive charity dinner and concert for the glitterati focusing on the evening’s gastronomic delicacies and phenomenal entertainment. The dress code is “Farrah Fabulous,” and if you still have your Famolares, wear ‘em.

Yacht Rock Schooner is all about 72 degrees and smooth jams from the sunny beaches of 1978-1984. They will perform songs by Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, The Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates, Lionel Richie, The Bee Gees, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne and more.

Chef Alex Reethof has been in the culinary and hospitality industry for more than three decades and hosted his own cooking show “Back to the Table.” Alex has been a chef for fine dining establishments from Seattle to Sarasota and owns a successful ‘cheftainment’ business. He is the driving force behind “Good Eating Great Cause,” a culinary tour and competition fundraiser for SafePath.

Gathering Industries is a nonprofit organization co-founded by Lake Dawson and Alex Reethof that provides management and training skills programs for homeless individuals in the culinary arts to make them employable. Their mission, through training, is to help those individuals that seek a second chance. Working in collaboration with a host of Atlanta restaurants and Atlanta Missions, Gathering Industries thoroughly trains homeless individuals in all facets of the restaurant business with an in-depth emphasis on culinary skills and food handling. Gathering Industries provides kitchen training through their box/catered lunch program. The Gathering prepares and rehabilitates the homeless with dignity for future jobs and helps them to become self-sufficient.

Funds raised from the charity benefit will be directed to Gathering Industries’ purchase of new kitchen equipment and refrigeration as well as a food truck. For tickets and further information, please visit:

The Chattahoochee Plantation Women’s Club (CPWC) was originated in 1970 as a garden club. There were 33 women in this first club and its purpose was to “Beautify the Community”. Through the years the club became more social and community-service oriented while also maintaining a gardening interest group. All women that live (or members that formerly lived) within the club’s boundaries are invited and encouraged to join and become involved in their club’s activities.

Because of the growing size of the community and surrounding neighborhoods, it is necessary to restrict its membership to the boundaries designated in our by-laws, as described following:

The boundaries shall now be defined as the entire area known as Atlanta Country Club Estates, Columns Drive (and all off-shoots) from Johnson Ferry to the bridge on Columns Drive, Paper Mill Road (and all off-shoots) from Johnson Ferry to the bridge at Sope Creek (including all off-shoots to the South and off-shoots to the North between Woodlawn drive and the bridge at Sope Creek.

If you live within these boundaries and are interested in joining please contact CPWC’s Membership Chairperson at mail to:

This article originally appeared in the April issue of the EAST COBBER magazine, on page 12. Click here to view the digital edition.