Towns County Food Pantry Fundraiser Held at The Gold Academy

In photo, from left to right are: Bob Levy, owner of  The Gold Academy, Robert Budesa Co-coordinator of Towns Food Pantry, Vickie Levy co-owner of The Gold Academy, Don and Janice Minnette, musicians, Tim Rose, Talk Show host/Mgr WJUL Radio, Debbie Vaughn, Co-owner of The Gold Academy.

A fundraiser was held for the Towns County Food Pantry at The Gold Academy and Art of Gold Gallery on Sunday, October 28th from 4:00 – 7:00pm.

The Log Cabin that houses The Gold Academy and Art of Gold Gallery is a beautiful place to have a fundraising event.  The participants mingled on Sunday, as they bidded on the many items donated for the silent auction and viewed the fine art displayed in the Art of Gold Gallery. The food and beverage, including wine and cheese provided by The Gold Academy, along with the live music by Don and Janice Minette were enjoyed by all. Everything was donated and there was no admission charge.

Says Robert Budesa with The Towns Food Pantry, “With every $1.00 raised, we have $5 purchasing power, at the retail level, to buy food.  We regularly feed more than 375 families and are now gearing up to provide food for approximately 600 families over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.  Other donated items besides food are appreciated too, such as paper goods….. especially toilet paper, since that is something we can not purchase at a good price.

Among the many items donated for the silent auction, were a women’s tote bag with scarf and a gift certificate valued at $65 from The Clothes Rack and a gift basket valued at $100 donated by The Country Store, both located at Victoria’s Center in Blairsville.  There was also a $25 gift certificate from Dress For Less in Young Harris and a $20 gift certificate donated by The Sunnyside Cafe in Hiawassee.

Three great packages were donated for the  raffle, which is still open.  The public can continue to purchase tickets until November 18th, either at The Gold Academy or The Towns County Food Pantry.  $5 buys one chance or $10 buys 5 chances to win. The packages are as follows:

 #1 Romance Package – a value of over $200.00 with a one night stay at The Ridges Resort & Marina, Dinner for Two at The Oaks on Lake Chatuge, a Bottle of Chatuga Red Wine from Hightower Creek Vineyards and Herbal Tea Blends from the Chamomile Retreat in Ellijay.

#2 Leisure Morning Package – Breakfast for Two at Mary’s Southern Grill, a $30 Gift Certificate by Slate Salon & Spa and a bottle of Da Vinci Chianti Red Wine donated by  VanKeith Insurance Co.

#3 Leisure Morning Package – Breakfast for Two at Mary’s Southern Grill, a Pedicure

by Samantha Wright and a bottle of Two Vines Riesling  from VanKeith Insurance Co.

The Gold Academy is also extending the offer to make a donation whenever gold or silver is brought to the Gold Academy for sale and The Towns Food Pantry is mentioned, until November 18th.

The Gold Academy has held fundraisers for the last two months; for The Family Connection in September and The Food Pantry of Towns County in October. Their next Fundraiser will be for SAFE on November 18th, which provides shelter and other services for victims of Domestic Violence. They also have plans to help the Sherriff’s Empty Stocking Fund, in December.

Members of The Gold Academy’s fundraising committee are Candice Lee of the Towns County Chamber, Amy Gibby-Rosser with the Family Connection of Towns County, Tim Rose, morning talk show host, with WJUL Radio and the co-owners of The Gold Academy, Bob and Vickie Levy and Debbie Vaughn.

Says Vickie, “There is no admission charge for our fundraising events and people really do have a good time with all the food and entertainment.  Some of the money raised comes from all the items and services donated for the Silent Auction and Raffle, by our generous business community, and he rest comes from people bringing in their unwanted gold and silver items to sell to The Gold Academy.” 

 “We really do appreciate everyone that came out to support The Food Pantry, said Debbie, co-owner of The Gold Academy, There is a lot of competition for people’s time, with so many things to do in our area, not to mention Sunday Football! Everyone who contributed should know that they really did something important and it’s not too late for the people who didn’t make it.  They can still come and buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of these great prizes, or bring their gold or silver to sell until November 18th.  They can go home with their cash and The Gold Academy will make a donation of 25% of the amount, in their name.

Donated non-perishable foods and paper items, toiletries, etc. For the Towns Food Pantry can dropped off at The Gold Academy.  Foods and other items must be in closed packaging or cans only, please.

The Gold Academy and Art of Gold Gallery is located at 5010 US Hwy 76 in Young Harris, GA, just Northeast of Brasstown Valley Resort.

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