Attendees throw a pie at a Lee County law enforcement officer during a previous fundraiser for the Special Olympics.
LEESBURG -- If you're looking for fun familiy activities this weekend that won't put a squeeze on your pocketbook, the Lee County Sheriff's Office has you covered.
The sheriff office's "Weekend of Family Fun to Benefit Special Olympics Georgia" will kick off with a showing of the movie classic "Avatar" Friday evening at the Butterfly Kisses Special Needs Play Park, and it will kick into high gear Saturday with a Special Olympics Fundraiser Festival at the same location.
"Our goal is to help bring respect and acceptance to individuals who participate in the Special Olympics," Cpl. Daphne Lindsey said of the 4th annual benefit event sponsored by the department. "We feel it's important to give handicapped citizens opportunities to be useful and productive.
"This event is something everyone in the Lee Sheriff's Office believes strongly in, and we all work hard to put it together. I personally am pleased to be involved because I have twin nieces who were born at 23 weeks and have had to overcome handicaps."
"Movie Night Under the Stars" kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday with the showing of the No. 1 box office smash of all time. Movie fans are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on and bug repellent to keep insects away. Admission is $2 per person, and popcorn and drinks will be available for 50 cents each.
At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, kids will especially enjoy activities at the 110 Starksville Ave. North play park. They and their parents can dunk or throw a pie in the face of their favorite law enforcement officer, while parents can take part in a silent auction, bake sale and cake walk. Kids, meanwhile, can have their faces painted, bounce in an inflatable castle, participate in arts and crafts activities, play various carnival games or take horseback rides.
Food vendors will have goodies for sale, and there will be music and dancing for the entire family.
All proceeds will go to Special Olympics.
"This is just an organization we believe in," Lindsey said. "We want to help raise as much money as possible for Special Olympics and provide a weekend of good, family fun."
Lee sheriff's deputies and detention officers at the Lee County Jail will also take part in an Olympic Torch Run on May 10. They will pass the Special Olympics torch off to officers with the Dougherty County Sheriff's office the morning of the 11th.
For additional information about the Lee Sheriff's Office fundraiser, call (229) 894-1728 or (229) 894-3264.