Paula Deen to open house for GraceWay

Photo by Jimmy Chavez

Photo by Jimmy Chavez

SAVANNAH -- Paula Deen is opening the doors to her home to help out an Albany women's recovery center.

Deen is well known for her partnership with Albany's GraceWay Recovery Residence. GraceWay, a nonprofit recovery residence, uses a Christian faith-based approach in conjunction with the 12-step program to help women who are trying to overcome alcohol and drug addictions. In the past, Deen, who is an Albany native, has participated in several fundraisers for the organization.

Deen's latest fundraiser, however, is a unique way for supporters to help the women of GraceWay. In support of one of her favorite charities, Deen will be opening her Savannah home to guests for the evening at the cost of a tax-deductible $1,500 donation.

Over the course of the evening, guests will be able to visit with Deen and her husband, Michael Groover, and enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres with the hosts.

According to Ashley Houston, assistant executive director of GraceWay, Deen has been instrumental in the organization's success.

"Paula has helped sustain GraceWay," Houston said. "She has helped our doors stay open through her generous contributions.

"She has a real passion for (GraceWay). She really knows that she could help change our residents' lives."

In a letter to fans interested in attending the event, Deen writes, "GraceWay has a special place in our hearts, and by attending this intimate and special party you are assuring the residents that they will be given every opportunity to overcome their addiction and have their needs met."

"We are so grateful for her and her staff," says Houston. "We just can't express how grateful we are for all that she does."

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18.

For more information, contact GraceWay at (229) 446-4550.