By Jason A. Smith
The Henry County Sheriff's Office and Connecting Henry, a social-service organization, will collaborate on a fund-raising event this weekend at the Jason T. Harper Event Center at Heritage Park in McDonough.
The occasion will include a concert Friday by funk-rock band, Mother's Finest, and a Blue Line Charity Classic Car & Cycle Show Saturday.
Sheriff's Deputy David Cody is one of the coordinators for the event, which is being sponsored by the agency's Honor Guard. The department is seeking to generate funds to help family members of those who have died while serving their communities in uniform.
Cody said the effort will allow the agency to help families in a more direct manner. "We're raising money to create an Officer and Family Fund," he said. "This way, instead of having to go through the community, we can have money to help our own people."
Saturday's car show will be held from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m. Cody said interest is high from automobile enthusiasts who wish to participate.
The auto event will be followed by a "Golden Oldies" concert featuring Gary Puckett, Grass Roots, and Gary Lewis & The Playboys.
"A lot of people want to sign up for it," he said. "Between cars and motorcycles, we're looking at 90-100 vehicles."
The fund-raiser, which will also benefit the Connecting Henry Christmas Program, will include a food drive, with proceeds going to Helping in His Name Ministries.
Connecting Henry's Executive Director, Denese Rodgers, said she is looking forward to working with Cody on another charitable effort.
"It's been a privilege to work with Deputy Cody for a couple of years," she said. "We had already made arrangements for the Saturday event, when we realized the Honor Guard was seeking a fund-raising avenue. We decided to join forces for the greater good. I will always support the efforts of law enforcement in Henry County."
Tickets for the concert are $20. Gates for the event will open at 5:30 p.m., with the performance scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
The pre-registration fee to enter the car show is $25, and $30 for on-site registration. Admission is free for spectators.
Trophies will be awarded for vehicles which place first and second in various classes. For more information, call Deputy David Cody, at (770) 616-4338.