Atlanta Braves Donate $50,000 to Cobb Veterans Memorial

Atlanta Braves donate $50.000 to the Cobb Veterans Memorial

(Left to Right): Mike Plant, Atlanta Braves Foundation Board Member and President & CEO, Braves Development Company, CVMF President Donna Rowe, CVMF Vice President Shelley O’Malley, CVMF Board Member Curtis Williams, and Cobb County District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell. Photo by Kevin Liles/Atlanta Braves


Contribution will help fund the construction of the memorial

ATLANTA, GA: On September 14, the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Braves Foundation presented a $50,000 check to Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation (CVMF) in a pregame ceremony at Truist Park. Several members of the CVMF leadership were there to accept the donation, including CVMF President Donna Rowe, Vice President Shelley O’Malley, Board Member Maj.Gen. Curtis Williams and Cobb County District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell who is an avid supporter of the Atlanta Braves and the Cobb Veterans Memorial.

The mission of the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation is to design, build, and maintain a memorial to honor our United States Armed Forces and their families.

The Braves partnership will further this goal, as well as honor and support U.S. military veterans, educate and unify the community, and inspire lives of service for many generations to come.

“We are proud to partner with the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation to aid the construction of a lasting memorial to thank and honor our Armed Forces,” said Danielle Bedasse, Executive Director, Atlanta Braves Foundation and Director, Community Affairs, Atlanta Braves. “This partnership showcases the Braves’ continued support of veterans and their selfless service to our community and beyond.”

The donation from the Atlanta Braves Foundation will be used to fund the construction of a world-class memorial for veterans that will be located at 502 Fairground Street SE, Marietta GA. Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation truly appreciates the generosity of the Braves Foundation and the organization’s ongoing support for veterans in the Cobb community.

When asked about the donation, CVMF President Donna Rowe responded, “Thanks to the generosity and support of the Braves, the Cobb Community is one step closer to honoring the men and women who served our Nation in the military and their families for the sacrifices they have made over our long history to keep us a free and safe country. The Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation will be ever grateful for the Braves and all they do to make our County the best place to live for our over 60,000 Veterans and their families.”

Career Opportunity

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Director of Development


The Cobb County Veterans Memorial Foundation has plans underway for constructing a Veterans’ Memorial. The three-acre site will serve the dual purpose of honoring the county’s Veterans and their families. The site is centrally located adjacent to the Cobb County Civic Center and the Cobb County Central Aquatic Center on Fairground Street in Marietta, GA. The projected design and construction costs of the Memorial will be funded primarily by fundraising activities.Accordingly, the Foundation is seeking an experienced Director to perform this important function.


Reporting to the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation (CVMF) Board of Directors, the Director of Development is the primary resource for the implementation of the initiative by raising funds and growing the organization’s major donors throughout the local community and beyond. The CVMF is dedicated to serving and recognizing the sacrifices and contributions of the large Veteran population and their families who reside throughout the County.

The position is responsible for planning,organizing, and directing CVMF’s fundraising, including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, grants, special events and capital campaigns initiatives. Fundraising is the core task of the Director of Development.


(1) Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them,
(2) Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors,
(3) Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements,
(4) Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies,
(5) Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising events,
(6) Develop an annual Campaign Plan,
(7) Chair, organize, and direct small foundation Sub-committees,
(8) Work closely with Sub-committees to ensure continuity of Foundation operations,
(9) Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about the CVMF programs and initiatives,
(10) Oversee database and tracking systems,
(11) Oversee creation of publications and marketing to support fundraising activities,
(12) Maintain gift recognition programs,
(13) Always demonstrate professional conduct,
(14) Develop monthly status reports for updates to Board of Directors,
(15) Perform other related duties as directed by Board of Directors


(1) Must embrace the mission of the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation,
(2) Strong interpersonal and writing skills,
(3) Strong communications and public speaking ability,
(4) Have knowledge and experience in fund raising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising,
(5) Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships,
(6) Be a “self-starter” and goal-driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls,
(7) Team player with the ability to work with small and large teams,
(8) Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals,
(9) Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability,
(10) Computer proficiency with full Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint,
(11) Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with master’s highly desirable,
(12) 2-3 years minimum experience in professional fundraising


Part-time: 20-25 hours weekly
Salary Range: $55,500 – $60,000 (additional expense stipend provided)
Experience and other qualifications final determining factor.


Please reply with a cover letter and resume’ to Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 5083, Marietta, GA 30061-5083 with a courtesy copy via Email to

Happy 101st Harry Kone!

Harry Kone 101st Birthday

Still Inspiring Others

(Pictured above with Harry Kone, seated, are (L-R) Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, Tony Gasper, Doug Tasse, Bill Vaughan and Dave Hambrick.)

Harry Kone is an East Cobb resident and Veteran of WWII and recently celebrated his 101st birthday.

Born on August 16, 1920, in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Mt. Saint Joseph High School in 1938. While attending the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Harry met the love of his life, Marjorie.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Harry returned to Baltimore and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and later found himself far away from home, in the Pacific. Injured in Guadalcanal, Harry was sent to New Zealand for treatment and later  deployed to the Bougainville campaign in the Solomon Islands, where the Allied forces fought the Empire of Japan. According to the Marine Corps University, the Bougainville campaign was “one of the most resounding successes of the war in the Pacific” not only because of the coordination between the Navy and Marine Corps, but because this battle ultimately caused the Japanese to over extend their air units creating an exploitable weakness.

Harry received an Honorable Discharge in 1945, but suffered from injuries he received during the war. He then contracted TB and was told he would not make it, but his faith and love for Marjorie pulled him through. They were married, had three children, and shared 65 happy years together.

Harry Kone and wife Marjorie

Harry’s life story is truly inspirational and a legacy that will live on in American history as a testament of love, courage, strength and faith to God, Country, Corps and Family.

To honor Harry and his service, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners designated August 16, 2021 as “Harry Kone Day.”

Harry is also a faithful supporter of the Cobb Veterans Memorial and one of the first to make a personal donation to help build this world-class monument to honor all Veterans and their families and ensure that their legacies live on.

You can learn more about Harry at the American Veteran Center and by watching the interview below with Rev. Richard Burdick of Unity North Atlanta, recorded before Harry’s 99th birthday.

This year, Harry’s birthday party was attended by a few close friends. Read MDJ story here.

A Towering Tribute: To Those Who Serve

Cobb Veterans Memorial Sign Unveiling

The Cobb Veterans Memorial began its life as a tangible part of Cobb County’s future on July 3rd. The Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation gathered Friday morning ahead of the July 4th holiday to unveil the signage announcing the memorial.

Attendance included supporters from the community; Mayor Tumlin from the City of Marietta; Cobb County Commissioners JoAnn Birrell, Lisa Cupid, and Keli Gambrill; as well as Cobb Veteran Memorial Foundation (CVMF) Board members to bring attention to the Memorial park, the work of the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation and to recognize its value to the local, state and national cultural landscape and explain to the crowd that the purpose of the Cobb Veterans Memorial is, in simplest terms, a tribute to service.

Notable statements were made by Commissioner Birrell, who announced a million-dollar item on the Cobb SPLOST agenda to help build the memorial; and CVMF Project Manager Brian O’Malley, who reinforced the need for unity and service to the nation as current events are fractious. More pointedly, O’Malley stated that his personal commitment, and that of the the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation Board, is to the veterans of Cobb County and “a labor of love.”

Brian’s presentation was followed by CVMF Executive Director Dan Valentine on the fund-raising effort. Dan explained that, while his intent was not to use this event for fund-raising purposes, the effort is very much underway. He explained that his immediate focus is to solicit high dollar contributions but that smaller givers are encouraged to participate.

Read more at the Marietta Daily Journal.

Givers can become a part of this mission by visiting the Cobb Veterans Memorial website.

A day to remember!

Honoring Veterans: High Hopes for Cobb Memorial

AJC Article on Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation gathered in hopes that after four long years of hard work and some delays, they can move forward on their mission.
The construction date is set for 2020 and they hope to begin fundraising very soon. County-approved seed money was released to the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation last week and private donations are expected to fund the rest of the memorial construction. 

Read the full AJC story HERE.

‘Tribute to Service’ Group seeks $3.5 million for veterans memorial in Cobb

Tribute to Service

MARIETTA — One year
from today, the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation aims to open what they
say would be the county’s first monument to servicemen and women of the
past, present and future.

in 2014 by Commission Chairman Tim Lee, the foundation is composed of
local community leaders who have served in the military and county
staff. Its vision is a $3.5 million memorial to be built on about 2.5
acres along Fairground Street behind the Cobb County Central Aquatic
Center, not far from the county’s Civic Center.

“The reason basically is to say, ‘Thank you.’ Veterans don’t often hear that, they don’t hear it often enough, and I think it’s time that we as a county step up and say ‘Thank you’ to all the veterans and all the families for their sacrifice and all of the things they do for us every day,” said retired Maj. Gen. James Bankers, who is serving as president of the foundation. (read more…)

Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation Receives $2000

Marine Corps League presents check to Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

On June 3, 2017, Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation received a $2000 check from the Marine Corps League. Marine Corps League, Lance Corporal Skip Wells Detachment 647 Commandant Tony Gasper presenting a donation to Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation President/CEO Major General Jim Bankers, U.S. Air Force Retired. Also at the presentation ceremony are (from left to right) ninety-eight (98) year old Harry Kone, WWII and Guadalcanal survivor; Donna Rowe, former U. S. Army Captain and Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee; Master Gunnery Sergeant Art Dunlea, USMC Retired; Cobb County District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott; General Bankers; Commandant Gasper; Gunnery Sergeant Ruben Scott, U. S. Marine Corps Retired; Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation Treasurer/CFO Captain David Hambrick, U. S. Marine Corps Retired; and kneeling is Sergeant Jason Rusk.

Chapter 1 Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance Presents A Donation

Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance Donates to Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

Chapter 1 Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance presents a $1000 donation. President Al Heflin presented a donation to the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation Team (CVFM), from left to right is Cobb County District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott, CVMF President & CEO Major General Jim Bankers, U.S. Air Force Retired Al Heflin, CVMF Treasurer & CFO Captain David Hambrick, U. S. Marine Corps Retired and Donna Rowe, former U. S. Army Captain and Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee.

Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation Off to A Great Start

GVVA Donates to Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

FEB 8, 2017: Cobb Veterans Memorial off to a great start. Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance Foundation (GVVA) President David Hambrick (left), and GVVA Chapter 1 Director Donna Rowe (right) present a $5,000 donation to the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation to get it started. The newly incorporated Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation President, Major General James Bankers, donated $5,000 from his personal funds as well.