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Fundraiser to help disabled children enjoy great outdoors

Published 10:27am Thursday, September 26, 2013

A local fundraiser is approaching that will give the community a chance to help children experience the great outdoors.
Outdoor Friends Forever will host its fundraising event Oct. 3 at the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 at the door and can be purchased from Holman Floor Co., The Sure Shot and AlaCare.
Jim Hardy, president of Outdoor Friends Forever, said the organization helps children with disabilities experience the outdoors.
“Outdoor Friends Forever is a non-profit that raises money to put children with disabilities in the outdoors,” Hardy said. “All the money that is raised goes to the children’s activities.”
Hardy said the fundraiser will include auctions, games and food.
“It is a 100 percent fundraiser, and the things going on will be games, a live auction, silent auction, door prizes and different cash prizes that will be given away,” Hardy said. “There will also be t-shirts given away, hats and different apparel people can get.”
Hardy said trips with professional fishermen will also be auctioned off.
Hardy added a part of the organization’s mission is to show children with disabilities they are capable of doing things they would enjoy.
“The mission itself is done because I myself have a disability,” Hardy said. “I see that there are a lot of opportunities with children to be able to teach them at a young age they can still do stuff as they get older.”
Hardy said the fundraiser is also a good chance for the community to see its donations go to a good cause.
“You would want to come out, if nothing at all, to at least learn about Outdoor Friends Forever, what we do and how we do it,” Hardy said. “Also, people should come out to buy dinner and donate to these children and to be able to see exactly where their money is going to. It’s a thing that I think anybody can come out and see what is going on.”
For more information, contact Hardy at 334-233-5399.