“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Who better to epitomize this famous quote than Cindy McCreery, this year’s honored patron of the year for the Creative Arts Guild.
The Guild will celebrate and honor its fifth patron of the year on Friday with a party on the Spigel Pavilion. McCreery currently serves on the board of directors for the Guild and as trustee. She has been active on the board for 11 years, where she has served as both treasurer and president in addition to serving as Festival 2006 chair. Her role as chairwoman and volunteer, year after year, for Spring for the Arts, Patron of the Year, numerous Festivals, Mistletoe Market and the “Snow Queen” production should not be understated.
Additionally, McCreery stepped in to serve as interim director in 2009 for several months.
McCreery’s community service doesn’t end at the Creative Arts Guild. She is a former distinguished lieutenant governor of the Georgia District of Kiwanis International, president of Kiwanis Club of Dalton, chairman of the Georgia District of Kiwanis Training, Kiwanis adviser to the Circle K Club at Dalton State College; she has served on the board of the Voluntary Action Committee and the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center; is a member of the Dalton Green Thumb Garden Club; was named 2006 United Way Volunteer of the Year; and is a graduate of Leadership Dalton-Whitfield’s class of 1994.
Her most recent accomplishment and joy are serving as a Big Sister to her Little Sister Ryan who has blossomed from Cindy’s passionate influence on her life.
“Cindy and her husband David have been supporters of the Guild and advocates for the arts and culture as community-strengthening assets for years,” Executive Director Terry Tomasello said. “Without Cindy’s hands-on approach, her knowledge of finances and governance, and her determination that the arts should be accessible to all, our community would not have flourished and benefited as it has. We owe her a debt of gratitude for her steadfastness and loyalty to our organization and her duty to civic responsibility.”
McCreery is wife to David McCreery, owner and partner of Medical Business Concepts Inc. They live in Rocky Face with their pet dog Susie.
“The amazing thing about Cindy and David is their ‘angel’ quality. We need something at the Guild and whether it’s tablecloths, a copy machine or office supplies, they provide it! They have taken care of the Guild through thick and thin and for that we all are extremely appreciative,” Tomasello said.
Each year the Guild invites the patron of the year to choose a theme for their party and McCreery has chosen Carolina Beach Shag. The Idol Rejects will perform Carolina Shag music in addition to covers and The Dalton Depot will cater a Lowcountry Boil. Eagle Rock North Distributing is sponsoring the event and will provide an interesting array of craft beers and adult beverages.
Tickets are $55 per person and include dinner, beverages and entertainment. Call the Guild to make your reservation at (706) 278-0168 or visit www.creativeartsguild.org.
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