For the first week of May

Last updated: April 30. 2014 3:48PM - 537 Views

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March of Dimes’ March for Babies

On Saturday at Hollis Hand Elementary School, numerous families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes’ annual March for Babies, the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the 3-mile walk kicking off at 10 a.m. To register, visit

Sixth Defending Americas Defenders ride to benefit veterans

The sixth annual Defending Americas Defenders Poker Run for Veterans is May 17. All proceeds go to help homeless vets or vets in need. Registration fee is $20. Ride begins at Pyne Road Park off Roanoke Road. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with kick stands up at 11 a.m. Food, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, biker games and more follow the ride at Whitetail Pub on Roanoke Road. For more information call 706-333-8736 or 706-885-9946.

Online campaign, golf tournament to benefit Eric Bennett

Friends of Eric Bennett, who suffered traumatic brain injuries, are raising money to help with his medical expenses. Online donations may be made at the GoFundMe site under “Eric Bennett Recovery (Go Dawgs)” at address . The goal of the fund-raising site is $10,000.

On June 20, a four-man scramble golf tournament will be held at Orchard Hills Golf Club in Newnan. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The cost for the event is $75 per person or $300 per team. Hole sponsorships and banner sales will also be available. Those interested in the tournament may pre-register by emailing Adam Griffith at

Online contest, funding to benefit Erica Bennett

Online efforts are underway to secure a wheelchair-accessible van for 6-year-old Erica Bennett. She is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, piriventricular leukomalacia, cortical blindness, failure to thrive, scoliosis, asthma, congenital hydrocephalus, esophageal reflux, microcephalus, muscle spasms and has febrile seizures. A contest at is underway until May 9 where the top three vote-getters win a wheelchair-accessible van. Voters can go to , or go to the main site, click on Local Heroes and search for Donna Crowder to vote for Erica. Voters can also receive an additional vote by answering a trivia question correctly.

A campaign at website GoFundMe also is underway to secure funding for a wheelchair-accessible van under “Wheelchair Access Van for Erica Bennett,” which can be accessed directly at .

Submit items to Matthew Strother at, at our office at 105 Ashton St. or by fax to 706-884-8712.

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