Deputies to be dunked for Special Olympics

Photo by Ricki Barker

Photo by Ricki Barker

LEESBURG, Ga. -- As members of the Lee County Sheriff's Office considered ideas for a Special Olympics fundraiser in recent weeks, they bombarded Assistant Community Relations Director Cpl. Daphne Lindsey with ideas.

So Sheriff Reggie Rachals' squad ended up making the only logical decision: combining all those ideas into one and turning their fundraiser into a festival.

The Lee Sheriff's Department's Special Olympics Fundraiser Festival will be held from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Lee County Soccer Field, 110 Starksville Ave. North.

"This was one of those things that the whole sheriff's office came up with together," Lindsey said. "Someone would say 'we should do this,' and someone else would say 'we should do that,' so we just put it all together.

"We've been getting the word out all over the community, and everyone seems to be excited about the idea. We're expecting a big turnout."

Admission to the festival is free, and participants will have an opportunity to purchase tickets that will allow them to play games and take part in other planned activities.

"Every bit of the money we raise will go to the Special Olympics," Lindsey said. "There are more than 8,000 Special Olympics athletes in the state of Georgia, and the funds we raise will help them participate in state competitions."

Officials with Special Olympics Georgia said the state games, planned for May 21-23 at Emory University in Atlanta, Aug. 20-22 in Warner Robins and Perry, and Nov. 12-14 in Statesboro, will require more than $1 million in cash and in-kind goods. Corporate sponsorships pay half those expenses.

Lindsey and some of her fellow deputies will be available for a dunk-a-cop dunking booth and a separate pie-tossing-at-a-cop booth. Other events planned for the festival include a bake sale, a silent auction, face painting, inflatable bouncers, a cake walk, carnival games and a bicycle rodeo.

Participants in the bike rodeo should bring their own bicycles and protective helmet. For additional information about the family-oriented event, contact LSO at (229) 759-6052.