There was plenty of good friends, good music, good drinks and good fun at the 7th Annual Southern Flair fundraiser.
What a perfect night it was. The Joseph Sams School held their highly anticipated Southern Flair fundraiser last night and there was great food, great fun, great weather, and a great cause.
This was the seventh year for Southern Flair and it grows by leaps and bounds each time. This year there were roughly 300 people attending, a full capacity crowd. The first year there were just 38. There were more sponsors, guests, and auction items than ever before. Along with the sponsors, Aarons Rental Center, Harp’s Farm, Southern Ground Social Club, Georgia Woodworks, Prestige Lawns and several other local businesses were all key players in the success and huge in the planning and execution of an awesome night.
“The event was created as a way to reach the 'young professionals' in the counties that The Joseph Sams School serves (they currently serve 10 counties). We were after a way to raise awareness within the childbearing group of community members so that people would know about the school if needed, and the raising money piece of it was secondary but obviously a plus as the school is a non-profit," said Ashley Sams. "In years past we have had to really work to make things happen. Our hosts had to invite friends, follow up, then follow up again to make sure they were coming. We had a $5,000 sponsorship goal initially, then it went to $6,000, then $7,000…each year we have just tried to do better than the last. This year people were contacting us, wanting to come, wanting to sponsor, wanting to donate an item or service. It has so humbling to watch the evolution of this event."
The way the community has chipped in shows how much people have come to appreciated The Joseph Sams School.
"This event has become very much a 'community effort,' and everyone’s hard work paid off," Sams said. "It is a true testament to the power of community. When everyone makes the effort to contribute, either financially, through a tangible auction item, or through manual labor, things comes together, and we can make big things happen for the students and families served by The Joseph Sams School.”
Community involvement helps make The Joseph Sams School what it is, a tremendous part of the fabric of Fayette. As a not-for-profit school, The Joseph Sams School relies heavily on its generous donors and community support. The Joseph Sams School was founded in 1984 and is an accredited, private, non-profit organization located in Fayetteville, Georgia. The school serves children with mild to severe cognitive, physical or diagnosed developmental disabilities from birth through 22 years of age.
Presenting Sponsors for Southern Flair were Carrie and Mark Gallacher along with TRI-C Enterprises. Gold Sponsors were Glendalough Manor and Siding Source, LLC. Silver Sponsors were Blair Pritchett (Morgan Stanley), J. Brock Morman CPA, Danny and Melinda Ferrell, Dena and Tom Hong, Dr. Christiana Muntzel, E.E. Armored Protection, Harp's Farm, JK Boatright & Co. CPA, Joshua Welensky, Kallis Orthodontics, LaGrange Grocery Company, Lindsay and Russell Blythe, Resurgens Orthopedics, and Urology of Greater Atlanta.
For more information on The Joseph Sams School, visit them online at www.josephsamsschool.org.