Monday, February 15, 2016

Hats and Hooves committee gearing up for 2016 fundraiser!

Members of the Hats and Hooves committee of Communities In Schools of Coweta County have already begun planning for the 2016 Hats and Hooves fundraiser. Above from left are Donna Brooks, Sally Hensley, Tony Ferguson, Carole Ann Fields, Jac Counts, Gina Weathersby, Gerald Kemp and Mary Ann Bell.

Last year’s Hats and Hooves Derby Affair fundraiser to benefit CIS of Coweta County was a huge success, raising over $73,000. Those funds—in addition to generous support from Coweta businesses and service organizations—have already enabled CIS of Coweta County to hire three new Site Coordinators and begin serving students at Ruth Hill School. CIS of Coweta County started serving students at East Coweta High in the fall of the 2014-15 school year. It is hoped at least one more school will be added to the program in 2016.

The 2016 fundraiser is the third annual Hats and Hooves event to benefit CIS and will again be held at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum at 74 Jackson St. in Newnan, this year on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 5-10 p.m. The day will include food, beverages and live music. The Kentucky Derby will be shown on several big screen TVs. One of the main attractions is the silent auction, which last year offered everything from autographed sports memorabilia to world-class artwork donated by renowned artists—including many from Coweta County.

Tickets for the event are $75. Registration is now open, and anyone wanting to purchase tickets or make a donation may visit and follow registration instructions on the website.

“After last year’s Hats and Hooves, people were saying this was one of the best fundraisers they had ever attended,” said Weathersby. “We plan to make the 2016 event even bigger and better. And with the type of support people have already shown for CIS of Coweta, we have no doubt we will succeed.”