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Service Centered: Atlanta's Finest Catering & Events owner wins chamber award
by Bill Baldowski
February 19, 2014 11:45 AM | 3767 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Lorie Bomar, owner and founder of Atlanta’s Finest Catering & Events, talks with catering clients, from left, Diana and Rachel Mincher, as the trio discuss catering for Rachel’s wedding in October.
Staff / Bill Baldowski Lorie Bomar, owner and founder of Atlanta’s Finest Catering & Events, talks with catering clients, from left, Diana and Rachel Mincher, as the trio discuss catering for Rachel’s wedding in October.
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Bomar shows the Sam P. Roberts Community Service Award.
Staff / Bill Baldowski Bomar shows the Sam P. Roberts Community Service Award.
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Kristy Gardner, who is Lorie Bomar’s sister-in-law, mixes a large pan of macaroni and cheese for an upcoming event.
Staff / Bill Baldowski Kristy Gardner, who is Lorie Bomar’s sister-in-law, mixes a large pan of macaroni and cheese for an upcoming event.
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Kathy Brown, who is Lorie Bomar's sister, mixes a batch of chicken wings for an upcoming event catered by Atlanta's Finest Catering & Events.
Staff / Bill Baldowski Kathy Brown, who is Lorie Bomar's sister, mixes a batch of chicken wings for an upcoming event catered by Atlanta's Finest Catering & Events.
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Pam Henderson, a sister-in-law of Lorie Bomar, cuts meat for another event catered by Atlanta's Finest Catering & Events.
Staff / Bill Baldowski Pam Henderson, a sister-in-law of Lorie Bomar, cuts meat for another event catered by Atlanta's Finest Catering & Events.
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Lorie Bomar's sisters-in-law, from left, Jeannie Gardner and Pam Henderson, mix a large bowl of salad for another event sponsored by Bomar's company, Atlanta's Finest Catering & Events.
Staff / Bill Baldowski Lorie Bomar's sisters-in-law, from left, Jeannie Gardner and Pam Henderson, mix a large bowl of salad for another event sponsored by Bomar's company, Atlanta's Finest Catering & Events.
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In 1971, the rock band Sly and the Family Stone had a No. 1 hit with its song, “Family Affair.”

Lorie Bomar, founder and owner of Atlanta’s Finest Catering & Events, remembers the song and agrees, with a smile, it could be the slogan of her business.

The reason is that all of her employees, both full- and part-time, are members of Bomar’s extended family.

Although this aspect of her business certainly sets it apart from other companies, regardless of the products or services they may render, it was Bomar’s extensive community service which guided the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce to name her winner of its Sam P. Roberts Community Service Award.

The award is given annually to an individual who chamber officials believe has given the most overall community service to Douglas County.

Examples of her community service include distributing food not consumed at her catered events to numerous Douglas County charitable organizations, as well as donating free catering services to the Pregnancy Resource Center in Douglasville and the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce.

Bomar said she was “shocked to the point of being reduced to tears” to receive the award at the chamber’s recent Changeover Banquet, held to honor chamber leaders who are leaving their positions as well as those coming in for 2014.

“I thought an award like this would usually go to someone older, like about 85 or so, for their lifetime of community service,” Bomar said.

Coming from an immediate family of 13, she has more than 40 family members on her staff.

For instance, last weekend as the company was preparing for a banquet, Bomar’s sister, Kathy Brown, mixed a batch of chicken wings while sister-in-law Kristy Gardner mixed a pan of macaroni and cheese as sisters-in-law Pam Henderson and Jeannie Gardner mixed a bowl of salad.

“This award is a testimony to my family and in-laws and the legacy of community service my parents left us,” Bomar said. “My parents taught us to always put others above self and if you want to be seen as great in God’s kingdom, you have to be in service to all.”

Bomar said her business is founded on the premise of providing for others a level of service they will “fondly remember, hopefully for a lifetime” -- whether or not they are actually catering clients.

However, that commitment to community of service even extends beyond Douglas County boundaries.

During the most recent snow storm, Bomar and others from Atlanta’s Finest Catering & Events loaded up a trailer and braved ice-covered roads to bring hot meals to power company and Georgia Department of Transportation crews who were treating roads and restoring lost power to residents in the Rome area.

“The Bible says you reap what you sow and each day we try to give food away to organizations in the Douglas Country community which need it,” she said.

“We hope that, in everything we do, God is glorified and that our business would be something of a ministry in the community.
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