PLAINS — A former president and a national television star from Southwest Georgia will be appearing at a cancer screening benefit next month.
“Plains For Supper — A Night To Fight Cancer With Special Guests President Carter and Paula Deen” will be held Aug. 25 in Plains.
Only 150 tickets will be sold for the event. It will include a dinner, live music, talks by the former president and his wife as well as Deen, and a live auction of premier items.
Tickets went on sale Tuesday.
At midday Thursday, officials with the coalition said they had sold roughly 80 tickets.
All proceeds will benefit the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia Community Cancer Screening Program, which provides free cancer screenings to uninsured and under-insured individuals in south Georgia, officials say.
When not traveling and working on behalf of The Carter Center in Atlanta, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter maintain a residence in Plains.
Deen, cooking show host, restaurateur, author, actress and Emmy Award-winning television personality, is a native of Albany and now resides in Savannah.
“We are thrilled that President Carter and Paula have agreed to join us for the evening,” said Susan Greene, Cancer Coalition volunteer and event chairperson, in a statement.
“Everyone in some way has been affected by cancer, be it with a family member, friend, neighbor, or even themselves. This is an opportunity for us to bring more awareness to the need for cancer screenings, and, through the money we raise, to help provide more south Georgians with the vital cancer screenings they need to help prevent cancer and to find it early.”
The event will be from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the Plains Community Center.
Music will be provided by Phoebe Cancer Center oncologist Dr. Jose Tongol and his band, JT Yoyos Playing For A Cause. Dinner will be served in the center and courtyard, followed by testimonies from the guests of honor on how cancer has touched their lives.
The live auction will feature special autographed and one-of-a-kind items, officials say.
Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased online at www.sgacancer.org. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Donations are tax deductible, officials say.
Sponsors of the event include Flint Equipment Company, OB-GYN Associates, Family Medical Associates, Children’s Medical Associates, Endocrinology Associates at The Veranda, P.C., McCleskey Mills, Gray Distribution Services Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel V. Griffin, R.E. McLendon Farms LLC, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, Albany Beverage Co., United Distributors Inc., Gillespie Printers, Plains Inn & Antiques, Plains Peanuts and Leon Holloway/Cousins Catering.
In 2011, the coalition’s screening program served, in collaboration with clinical partners, 746 uninsured and under-insured people in 24 counties with free cancer screenings. Of those screened, 126 individuals receiving colonoscopies had high-risk polyps removed, one abnormal mammogram was reported, nine prostate cancer screenings were abnormal and two cervical cancer screenings had abnormal results.
The programs provided by, and donations to, the Cancer Coalition exclusively serve the people in the organization’s 32-county region, officials say.
For more information, visit www.sgacancer.org or call (229) 312-1700.