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Kiss-A-Pig Sunset Party Saturday
Money used to fight diabetes
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The largest fundraising campaign benefitting the American Diabetes Association is winding down and Team Liberty is hosting the last of its large events tomorrow. The Sunset Party on the Coast at the Sunbury Crab Co. in Sunbury will be 4-8 p.m.
Admission is $5.
The event features bartending teams from Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh and Wayne counties. The teams raise funds in advance of the party and then collect tips during their time slots. All tips go to the American Diabetes Association.
Live music is being provided by the duo Bucky & Barry.
“Last year we had close to 500 people and we are expecting a lot more because it falls on Memorial Day weekend,” said Jason Rogers, this year’s Team Liberty candidate. “We have a live band and Gator 106.9FM will be there.”
The Kiss-A-Pig campaign pits communities against each other to see who can raise the most funds. The winner gets the honor of kissing a pig at an annual gala, this year on May 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah.
Savannah Chatham Public Schools and Liberty County have been in the forefront of competitors in recent years, placing them in a separate category. Last year team Liberty dethroned the reigning champions by raising $160,000.
Rogers admit the economy has affected fund raising but says Team Liberty is still poised to come out first.
“I think we are a little down from last year due to the economy,” he said. “But we should have the largest purse going into the gala.”
Campaign manager Danny Creasy, from the Heritage Bank and last year’s Team Liberty winner, said the Sunset Party is festive and fun.
“We had people here from all over Southeast Georgia and lots of folks even came by boat,” Creasy said, recalling last year’s turnout. “Barney and Elaine Maley, owners of the Sunbury Crab Co., do an incredible job hosting this event.”
Last year, the event raised about $16,000. Rogers said he hopes to hit $13,000.
Rogers said Liberty County schools participated with several events, adding funds. He said the final school activity involves Liberty Pre-K Center teacher and Lady Panther basketball coach Carolyn Kelly and a roll of duct tape.
“They plan on taping her to the outside column of the pre-k center four feet in the air,” he said.
Recently the students taped Liberty Elementary Principal Chris Anderson to a wall and raised nearly $5,000.
Rogers said the final tally of all the school events will help his team stay ahead of their main competitors.
As a precursor to tomorrow’s celebration at Sunbury the folks in Richmond Hill had a bartending challenge at Molly McPherson’s on Highway 17 on Thursday. Those funds will be added to Team Liberty’s final tally.
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