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POSTED: May 26, 2007 5:03 a.m.
The largest fundraiser of the year for the American Diabetes Association, Kiss-a-Pig, ends May 19 with a Buccaneer Costume Ball at the Tybee Lighthouse grounds.
The party starts at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction, a “Looter’s Market,” at the Shriner Fort and then moves to the lighthouse area for dancing, dinner and drinks.
The cost is $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10 with premium seating, sign and inclusion in the event program. Attire is “pirate casual.”
Free trolleys to and from the party are available from the Whitmarsh Island Wal-Mart parking lot. To reserve space on a trolley, call Lisa Hom at (912) 353-8110, ext. 3092.
The deadline to reserve a seat on the trolley is today. There will be pirate entertainers on the trolleys and throughout the party.
The Buccaneer Costume Ball celebrates the end of fundraising efforts by nine candidates who are competing to kiss a live pig, the official mascot of ADA. The pig is honored as the original source of insulin. Individuals who raise the most money plant a pucker on the porcine lips.
This year’s campaign has pitted Dr. Thomas Lockamy, with the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, directly against the Hinesville candidate, Angela Powell, with Exit Team Realty, in a separate category from the rest of the fundraisers. Lockamy’s managers are Dr. Sheila Woo, a retired administrator, and Janet Gnann, with May Howard Elementary.
Angela Powell’s managers are Karen Smiley, Fort Stewart; Sandra Spikes, Liberty County Board of Education and Barney Maley, Sunbury Crab Co.
The Savannah-Chatham County public schools have participated for 15 years and the Hinesville community has participated for 10 years; their expertise in fundraising puts them in a league by themselves.
So far, the Liberty County volunteers are responsible for the most successful Kiss-a-Pig event in the Southeast, The Dorchester Sporting Clays for Diabetes.  Will it be enough for Powell to buss the bacon?
Individuals and companies who want to help Liberty County beat the Chatham County Schools are urged to:
• Make a cash contribution to ADA in care of Angela Powell
• Donate an item for the silent auction
• Purchase a table for the party in Powell’s name

Send donations to:
American Diabetes Assoc.
Kiss-a-Pig Campaign for
Liberty County
5105 Paulsen St.
Suite C-236
Savannah, GA 31405

The remaining candidates have been competing among themselves, so there will be two pig kissers at the party.  
The other candidates, their managers and employers are:
• Bitsy Blackbeard, The Pirate Pig; Dorothy Rountree, manager
• William Bogans II, The W Group, LLC; Lori Wibert, First City Club and Charla Hall, Oliver, Maner & Gray, LLP, managers
• Dr. Mark Dye, Dr. Mark N. Dye, DMD, LLC; Chelsea Dye, Cora Bett Thomas Realty and Kim Cox, Dr. Mark N. Dye, managers
• Cale Hall, Club One & The Creative Approach; Laurie-Jean Stellberg, City of Savannah Film & Tourism, manager
• Rob Horton, Liberty Six Salon; Kristine Compton, South Magazine, manager
• Kechia Matadin, Shell Shoppe, Club Oz & Frozen Paradise; Emie Heisey, Emie Special Events & Aaron Davis, Stagg Shoppe LTD, managers
• Rex Templeton, Morris & Templeton Insurance; Steve Templeton, Morris & Templeton Insurance, Steve Templeton, Morris & Templeton Insurance, manager
Sponsors of the 2007 campaign are WTOC Television, Kennickell Print & Communications, Magic 103.9, Coastal Courier, The South Magazine and The Skinnie.
All money raised during the Kiss-a-Pig campaign benefit American Diabetes Association, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to curing diabetes and improving the lives of people affected by diabetes. Diabetes is the nation’s fifth deadliest disease, killing more than 220,000 Americans each year. It is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke, adult blindness, kidney failure and non-traumatic amputations.
Many people living with this life-altering disease do not know it, partially because they may not experience any symptoms during the early stages.
More than 14 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes and researchers  believe more than six million more may have diabetes and not realize it.
Call Maria Center at (912) 353-8110, ext. 3091 or email mcenter@diabetes.org
 

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