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Goblin Gallop raises funds for free clinic

Heron Bay Golf and Country Club's Goblin Gallop fund-raiser netted more than $25,000 -- slightly more than last year's event -- to benefit the Hands of Hope Clinic, Henry County's only free medical and dental clinic.

"This was the best Goblin Gallop in terms of participation in all six years of having it, according to previous organizers," said Linda Banks, executive director of the Hands of Hope Clinic. "And we are pleased with the amount of money raised in this economy where everyone is stretched to the limit."

More than 300 racers participated in the community's sixth annual racing event held on Oct. 24, at the Heron Bay Golf and Country Club Community in Locust Grove.

The event features Halloween-costume-clad racers in a 6K run, a one-mile run, and a Tot Trot for children ages 5 and under. Last year's event attracted more than 250 participants and raised $25,000 for the clinic.

The Goblin Gallop, established in 2004 as a way to increase community involvement, is designed to increase awareness of, and raise funds for, the Hands of Hope Clinic.

The Hands of Hope Clinic operates each Monday, from 4 until 8 p.m., at 1010 Hospital Drive, on the Henry Medical Center campus in Stockbridge.

- From Staff Reports