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Diabetes fundraising campaign still underway in Bulloch
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    The 16th Annual American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) only fundraising campaign in Bulloch County is still under way with fundraising events taking place through December in the hopes of hitting the audacious $100,000 goal set by the organizing team. The campaign is currently sitting at roughly $66,000.
    According to Campaign Chairman Mark Hynko, “We raised $75,000 last year and  we knew going in it would be difficult to hit $100,000. That’s a big jump. But we are getting a lot of support from folks even as far away as Tattnall County. We’ll announce the total on Dec. 18 and if we hit $100,000, I will gladly lose my locks. There’s not much up there anyway.”
    Upcoming fundraising events include:
    The “Restaurant Wars,” are currently under way and will continue into December. Part of the Step Out to Fight Diabetes Campaign, local restaurants and bars are competing against each other to raise money for ADA. Participating restaurants register by paying $100 and include Applebee’s, Ocean Galley Seafood, Blue Moon Café, Dos Primos, Domino’s, Daylight Donuts, Hugo’s, Holiday’s Greek & Italian Restaurant, Retreivers Sports Bar & Grill and Gnats Landing. For more information on this event, contact Penny Harris at 912-489-5271.
    Sea Island Bank is organizing a “Doggin’ Out For Diabetes” hot dog sale on Friday, Nov. 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the downtown location in Statesboro. Tickets are on sale now and for $4.00 patrons will get a hot dog, chips, drink and dessert. For $5.00 the meal includes two hot dogs. The folks at Sea Island Bank will also have autographed footballs that will be raffled off. For more information, contact Brannen Smith at 489-9221.
    Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon is organizing a Spaghetti Supper on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at St. Matthew Parish at 221 John Paul Avenue. Tickets are $7.00 and can be obtained by calling Shane or Brandon at the firm at 764-6951. Folks can drive through or pick up from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and all proceeds benefit ADA.
    Campaign Fundraising ends on Friday, Dec. 14 at noon. Collection envelopes and donations can be turned in to Farmers & Merchants Bank locations.An awards luncheon will be held and the final total will be announced. Campaign organizers are hoping to reach the $100,000 mark by extending the fundraising period past the date of the Walk.  If the community is able to hit $100,000 by December, Mark Hynko will allow his co-worker, Trish Tootle, to shave his head in public.
    All funds raised during the walk supports the mission of American Diabetes Association, to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
    For more information, contact Maria Center at 1-888- Diabetes or 912-353-8110, ext. 3091 or

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