The weather was perfect as crowds converged on Savannah’s City Market to see why a cute little pig was being paraded around Ellis Square on Saturday.
According to Maria Center, director of the Southeast Georgia/Coastal South Carolina American Diabetes Association, hundreds of people joined the festivities as the group officially launched the 2014 Kiss-A-Pig campaign benefitting the American Diabetes Association.
“City Market was the perfect venue for the launch,” Center said. “There was live music, and we took the stage in between the bands and it was highly attended and festive.”
After a one-year hiatus, Liberty County is back in the competition, which pits local teams in a battle to see who can raise the most funds for diabetes research and possible cures. This year, Team Liberty will be represented by the Liberty County School System. Joseph Martin Elementary School teacher Felicia Thomas and Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Jason Rogers will lead the local team’s efforts.
Until last year’s hiatus, Team Liberty had raised more than $800,000 for the campaign.
Thomas addressed the crowd, saying the folks in Liberty County are proud to support the ADA and help search for a cure and educate adults and children about diabetes treatment and prevention.
Rogers said each participating school in Liberty County will designate a team leader for their individual fundraising efforts. All funds collected at each school will go into Team Liberty’s Campaign fund.
Rogers said he will meet with Thomas and Center today to come up with several plans.
“We will be brainstorming a bunch of ideas,” Rogers said.