Businessmen strive to aid local students
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Rod Drake, left, and Mark Goddard are teaming up to lead the A Day for Reinhardt Campaign to raise funds for the university and local students.<br>Cherokee Tribune/Special
Rod Drake, left, and Mark Goddard are teaming up to lead the A Day for Reinhardt Campaign to raise funds for the university and local students.
Cherokee Tribune/Special
WALESKA — Two leaders in the utility business are teaming up to lead efforts to raise $100,000 in the annual A Day for Reinhardt Campaign.

A Day Chairman Mark Goddard, Cobb EMC manager-commercial marketing and Vice Chairman Rod Drake, Georgia Power Co. area manager, are helping the local university with its annual effort.

The A Day for Reinhardt Campaign is well under way with more than $16,000 raised toward the $100,000 overall goal, according to leaders in the campaign.

“I joined the campaign because a community with a thriving university like Reinhardt will be a successful community,” said Goddard. “Educational opportunities are important to the success of a community or region, and Reinhardt helps provide that opportunity for Cherokee County.”

Drake said he too sees the impact the school makes on the local community.

“Moving to Cherokee County nine years ago I quickly realized the enormous impact Reinhardt had on this community,” Drake said. “Being a part of A Day for Reinhardt gives the opportunity of higher education directly to a student in this wonderful community.”

Created in 1988, the A Day for Reinhardt campaign is an annual effort to provide support for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University.

A Day helps to fund the University’s Cherokee County Grant Program. This grant gives eligible students the opportunity to receive as much as $8,000 during their four years at the university.

Since A Day’s inception, more than $3 million in Cherokee County grants have been awarded to local deserving students.

“A Day provides significant grants to the county’s students during their time at Reinhardt,” Goddard said. “This money could be the difference in someone attending or not attending college.”

A Day is expanding this year to include fundraising efforts unique to the campaign.

A three-home Tour of Homes is planned for April 27-28 at Hawks Ridge in Ball Ground.

All proceeds from this weekend-long event will go to A Day. Preliminary plans are still being made, and more details will be provided in early spring.

A Facebook page has also been created for the campaign.

Those interested in becoming a part of A Day’s online community can go to

/ADAYforReinhardt and “like” the page.

Pages posts will include updates about fundraising goals, opportunities to volunteer, and features on Cherokee County Grant student recipients.

To donate to, volunteer for, or receive more information about A DAY for Reinhardt, contact Barbara Manous, director of annual giving, at (770) 720-5506 or
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