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Olympic Steel, Akins Ford host event for Make-A-Wish

POSTED: July 29, 2014 8:57 a.m.
Bonny Harper/Barrow County News

The funds are raised through a $5 suggested donation for a plate, as well as raffle tickets sold for various prizes donated by the community.

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A cookout held on Friday by Olympic Steel and Akins Ford raised money for Make-A-Wish to benefit a local child later this year.

Every 38 minutes on average, Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in the United States and its territories, according to the organization’s website.

The annual cookout at Akins typically raises about $1,000 every year for Make-A-Wish, said Olympic Steel Human Resources Manager Lori Weaver.

The funds come from a $5 suggested donation at the door for a plate of food, as well as raffle tickets purchased.

This year’s raffle prizes included overnight hotel stays, two tickets to the Georgia/Tennessee football game, a baseball autographed by former Atlanta Braves General Manager Bobby Cox, a football autographed by University of Georgia Head Football Coach Mark Richt and assorted general items like hats and T-shirts.

Weaver also said Olympic Steel’s division raised just under $5,000 for Make-A-Wish in 2013, including last summer’s cookout, which she said is always part of the "more concentrated" fundraising efforts they conduct in July.

Brad Akins, owner of Akins Ford, grilled hot dogs for the event.

"When two organizations come together for the greater good of the community, you get a bigger impact," Akins said.

Akins added that, not only would the cookout benefit a local child through Make-A-Wish, but it was also good for the employees of the two companies.

"We try to do several events like this throughout the year," Akins said. "We do lots of things here, but one thing we take very seriously is our eating."



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