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Racing to help those in need
Event raises funds for Hurricane Irma victims, local organizations
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Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown, center, makes his move against other local law enfocement representatives during the first race of the Go-Kart Invitational at The Clubhouse Tuesday to raise money for Hurricane Irma victims. The race was originally conceived as a single eight-lap race, but after the batteries for the cars of several of the participants, including Brown, pooped out, a second race and a run-off were run to extend the fun.

  Those affected by Hurricane Irma will benefit from the Go-Kart Invitational, hosted by Synovus Bank on Tuesday.

Local law enforcement officers raced against one another for bragging rights as the "Fastest in Bulloch County," and all the funds raised by each team will assist victims and local organizations that were impacted by the storm in Georgia and Florida. 

Synovus, through its "Here Matters" program, matched pledges totaling nearly $4,500. The funds will be directly distributed through the bank's local branches in areas affected by Irma. 

Ogeechee Tech Police Chief Stan York won the first round of the event, held at The Clubhouse, while SFC Christopher Rodewolt of the Georgia State Patrol took the win in the second round.

Rodewold won the three-round race, and Georgia Southern Police Chief Laura McCullough took the top spot for fundraising. 

Participating agencies included the Statesboro Police Department, Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol, and the police departments for Georgia Southern University and Ogeechee Technical College. 

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