29 March 2008

Annual Fundraiser Supports Local Troops

Fayette’s deployed military personnel will soon receive a special gift from the Fayette County School System’s Transportation Department.

Six years and counting, the department has hosted “Cookout for the Troops” to raise money to purchase $50 gift cards for the county’s men and women serving in the U.S. military. Over 300 people attended this year’s event that netted approximately $3,000.

“The generosity and love was overwhelming. I know that our troops have not been forgotten and they know that we support their cause. Thanks to all who helped in any way,” says organizer Linda Mosley.

Fayette residents who have a friend or loved one serving in the military can request to have a gift card sent to their solider by mailing his or her name and address by April 15 to: The Troops, 210 Stonewall Avenue, Fayetteville, GA 30214. Please include a local contact and telephone number.

Each March, the county’s school bus drivers and monitors work countless hours organizing the cookout, going door to door to Fayette businesses soliciting door prizes, raffle prizes and donations. The drivers also provide the food and desserts that are enjoyed by those who attend.
Students in Fayette Middle's after school art class help to promote the fundraiser by participating in a poster design contest. The posters are used as advertisements throughout the school system. Niyal Montgomery took first place this year and won a gift card for her artwork. The entire after school class was presented with cupcakes for their efforts.

Businesses throughout the county generously supported this year’s cookout by donating prizes that included handmade quilts, rugs, jewelry, gift certificates and artwork. Those supporting the event were Autera Health Clinic, Classic Landscaping, Trinity Air, Clearly Fun Soap, Bella Bronze Tanning, Mary Kay, Professional Electrologist Permanent Makeup, Merle Norman, Mike and C’s, Images by Rainey, Oohs-N-Ahhs, Publix 799, Tack Trolley, Andy’s Nursery, Wal-Mart Fayetteville, Petro Flame, Mill Pond Garden, Cookie Express, Concrete Supply, Chick-fil-A, Voltex Batteries, Fleet Pride, JJ Grading, It’s A Grind, ACE Hardware, IHOP, Sandy on the Square, Golden’s, Parker Brothers, Minter Farm, Berry Good Cakes and Hawkins Insurance Company.

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