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Kiss-A-Pig Campaign starts
Team Liberty hopes to raise $175,000
Last year’s Kiss-A-Pig winner, Danny Creasy, holds up a Team Liberty flag while this year’s candidate, Jason Rogers, addresses the crowd at the launch of the 17th annual Kiss-A-Pig Campaign that introduced competitors vying for a chance to kiss Hamlet. Liberty Elementary School Principal Chris Anderson and Creasy are Rogers’ campaign managers. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The title sponsor of  The 5th Annual Friends for Diabetes Tournament is Harris Ace Hardware and Building Supply.  Other sponsors are being accepted.
Sponsorship levels are:
$500 – Team Sponsorship – includes lunch, a shoot participation plaque, and a gift bag.
$500 – Silver Sponsorship – includes name on scorecard, silver banner posted in shooting area
$1000 - Gold Sponsorship – includes name and logo on scorecard, gold banner posted in entrance area or Five Stand area
$2500 - Platinum  Sponsorship – (Limited to 10) – includes name and logo on
 t-shirts; name and logo on Platinum Banner; one team sponsorship  
Past Liberty County Candidates who have competed in Kiss-a-Pig are:
1997 – Jim Hildebrandt, First Union Bank
1998 – Bru Krebs, Krebs Homes
1999 – Dr. Horace Deal, Optometrist
2000 – Keith Moran, Liberty County Sheriff’s Department
2001 – Tom Durden, District Attorney
2002 – Bill Goodwin, Kroger
2003 – Claude Dryden, Dryden Enterprises
2004 – James Rogers, The Heritage Bank
2005 – Bobby Ryon, Coastal Communications
2006 – Kenny Smiley, Liberty County Chamber of Commerce
2007 – Angela Powell, Exit Team Realty
2008 – Danny Creasy, The Heritage Bank

SAVANNAH — Rusakis Plaza came alive with the OlymPIG athletes parading on stage as this year’s 17th annual Kiss-A-Pig Campaign kicked off Saturday.
Competitors vying for a chance to kiss Hamlet the pig at a gala planned for May 30 talked about their training routines.
The campaign is the largest fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association.
Teams of community leaders compete to see who can raise the most funds. This year’s campaign will include competitors from the coast of South Carolina and Georgia, with candidates representing Beaufort and Effingham, Chatham and Liberty counties.
Chatham County Public Schools has competed for 17 years, Liberty County for 13. Together these teams have propelled the competition to a new level, earning them a separate category as marathon runners.
This year, team Liberty County is running Jason Rogers, assistant superintendent for administrative services for the Liberty County Board of Education. Together with trainers Danny Creasy, last year’s Kiss-a-Pig winner, and Liberty Elementary School Principal Chris Anderson, they hope to give $175,000.
Last year Creasy, from The Heritage Bank, dethroned the reigning champs of Chatham County Public Schools, by raising an unprecedented $160,000.
Representing the Savannah-Chatham County Schools this year is its teacher of the year Daniel Snope.
With the pressure of trying to repeat last year’s success and the current state of the economy, Rogers and his team got off to an early start in October when they staged a challenge leading up to the Florida versus Georgia football game on Nov 1.
“The school board central office and Liberty County High School teamed together against Bradwell high and the Liberty Pre-K Center to see who could raise the most money,” Rogers said. “In one month we raised $7,679.”
Dr. Vicki Albritton, Bradwell’s principal, and Dr. Shelby Bush of the Pre-K Center are both big Gator fans, but were both forced to don Bulldog attire and had their offices decorated in Bulldog colors as they came in second in the challenge.
Last year was the first time the Liberty County school children became active in the campaign. Rogers said they plan to do the same this year as well as increase awareness about the disease.
“At the next principal’s meeting, Chris Anderson is going to introduce a couple of elementary school challenges as well as middle school challenges that should take place between now and May and help gather more support system-wide,” Rogers said. “Diabetes is so prevalent across the school system so we are hoping to incorporate more education leading towards prevention of the disease.”
Among the activities planned for this year’s Team Liberty campaign is the fifth annual Friends for Diabetes Dorchester Clay Shoot Tournament on April 11 at the Dorchester Shooting Preserve in Midway. Last year the event raised $80,000.
On Saturday, May 9, The Sunbury Crab Company is hosting its signature sunset event from 4-8 p.m. with live music, dancing and festivities. Last year’s event drew several hundred people from surrounding areas and raised $14,000.
In two weeks the ADA will have a Diabetes ALERT Day. Scheduled for March 24, folks considered at high risk for type 2 are urged to get tested.
Screenings are scheduled in Liberty County at Liberty Regional Medical Center from 7 a.m.-noon and Rite Aid Pharmacy, 108 Hendry Street, from 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.
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