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April 16, 2014

Benefit cookout to be held in Omega

OMEGA — South Georgia Banking Company's Omega branch is hosting a cookout fundraiser during lunch Friday to benefit Tift County's Relay for Life.

Jane Justice, assistant vice president, said lunch will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bank, located at 5515 Alabama Ave. in Omega. The price will be $5 for a hamburger and chips or two hot dogs and chips, $1 for a canned drink and $1 for homemade goodies for dessert.

Justice said many Omega businesses donated items to be auctioned off during the day. Tickets are $1 each, and those who purchase tickets will be able to select which item they would like to win from any or all of the following: hydrangea bush donated by Terra Cotta, gift basket donated by Three Chicks and a Hen, a dozen of petit fours donated by Two Nana’s Bakery, a free haircut by Jeanne and Heather of Styles Unlimited, a Tervis tumbler donated by Omega Pharmacy, a gift certificate to Omega Hardware, free tire rotation and balance from AT Tire Service and a dozen of fresh eggs for eight weeks from Ross Mertson.

Justice said South Georgia Banking Company’s staff works together each year on various fundraising ideas to contribute to the team’s effort for Relay for Life.

"Our Omega branch decided to have a Relay cookout and drawings for the donated items from the Omega community businesses to raise funds for our team," she said. "We hope to raise at least $1,500 from Friday’s event."

When asked why it is important for the public to support this effort, she said, "Many of our employees have been touched by the vicious villain, cancer. Our efforts will be combined with the other teams and individuals from Tift County to provide much needed money for a search for a cancer cure. What if the $5 hamburger you purchased in Omega on a bright sunny Friday was the final $5 needed by a research scientist to find the cure? Every dollar is important to that research. We just want to be good neighbors and help in that effort."

Justice said they have a shelter access, so rain or shine come Friday, "we're cooking."

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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