By Jordana Klein

Roswell’s Mayor Jere Wood and First Lady Claudia Wood open their home to the City of Roswell during the holidays to celebrate not only the season, but also the community of Roswell. For the fourth year in a row, their co-hosts are their Roswell neighbors, Bob Hagan and Carol Abreu. Together, they will host a Christmas party on December 1, 2016 from 6-10 pm that is both a private event and open to the public via reservation.

“We love to have as much community involvement as we can,” Claudia said.

With enjoyable cuisine and cocktails available, all in attendance are sure to relish the evening and kickstart their holidays in and upscale and welcoming fashion with their neighbors. Each year’s event is themed with decor and dining. Roswell High School’s string orchestra always performs for guests for an evening that’s as memorable as your family’s holiday traditions. By opening the party to the public, Mayor Wood and Claudia are able to mingle with citizens of Roswell and cherish old and new friendships and relationships that are so meaningful during the holiday season. To attend this profound evening, please RSVP by November 15 to Claudia at Claudiagrahamwood@gmail.com.

Bob and his family own and operate Sterling Healthcare, with offices in the Roswell area. Aside from business, however, Bob Hagan’s commitment to Roswell is a long-standing mission that has earned him the title, “Mr. Roswell,” according to Claudia. Bob has an esteemed tradition of serving the Roswell area, having held positions on the boards of 18 charitable organizations. Last year, he was the District Governor for the Roswell Rotary Club. Simply put, Bob and Carol devote much of their time to Roswell and they are esteemed hosts for the Christmas party by all in attendance.

The Woods welcome Roswell citizens to their home several times throughout the year for festive mixers, fundraisers and functions. A recent Octoberfest event held at their home entertained over 150 guests with a hotdog and chili fest that left their tastebuds tingling long after the event concluded. The scene was that of good food and friends on a cool, Fall evening. The Woods and their guests always enjoy this October outing.

Looking forward to 2017, the Woods will host the first Bowties, BBQ, and Brew fundraiser on March 18, which will feature a BBQ cook-off for prize winnings. All funds accumulated through Bowties, BBQ and Brew will assist three local charities, two of which are the Roswell Handicap Field and the Child Development Association (CDA.) CDA is an organization close to the hearts of Claudia and Bob, both of whom serve on the board.

In yet another unique event, the Woods hosted an art show, “An evening in Paris,” featuring the European style landscapes and portraits of Paris artist Anthony Palliser. The event raised  over $7,500 in funds to the Roswell Handicap Field.

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