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Good Weekend to Give Back

Plenty of fundraisers being held this weekend in our Smyrna-Vinings Patch.

Fun events for great causes abound this weekend in Smyrna-Vinings Patch. Here’s a round up of events that allow you to have fun and give back to the community.

The Smyrna Public Safety Foundation’s first Standing Together Benevolent Motorcycle Ride and Raffle benefitting injured Smyrna police officer Jed Minyard takes place Saturday, Aug. 13.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with registration at the The ride revs up at 11 a.m. with a 40-mile motorcycle ride through Cobb and Paulding counties. The ride will be followed by a picnic at Cobb Park.

Participation in the ride costs $20 per motorcycle and $10 for each additional passenger excluding the driver. Lunch following the ride costs $5. Event t-shirts are available for $10. Admission to the event includes entrance into a raffle. Prizes include a 2012 Harley Davidson Street Glide, a one-week vacation at a Panama City Beach condo and a Luminox Black Out watch such as the type worn by Navy SEALs.

Proceeds from the event benefit Jed Minyard, a Smyrna police officer who was injured in an on-duty motorcycle accident in November 2010. Shortly after the accident, Minyard and his wife Ashley learned that they were expecting their first child. Minyard has undergone several surgeries, but still needs a wheelchair to get around. His injuries have kept him from returning to work.

“When somebody gets injured on the job in a case like Jed, it takes away his ability to make a living,” Michael Smith, public information officer for Smyrna Police Department and SPSF board member, told the Marietta Daily Journal. “Worker’s compensation only covers a portion of their salary. The Minyards are facing some potential hardships.” 

Tickets for the event can be purchased online or at Earl Small’s Harley Davidson, C-COM 911 or Smyrna Fire Station No. 1. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold.

Cruise over to in Smyrna Saturday morning for Cars and Coffee, a Daily Drive to Survive fundraiser benefitting Cars and Coffee for a Worthy Cause, a non-profit dedicated to brain tumor research, brain cancer and brain injury prevention in the United States.

Panera Bread will provide coffee and pastries. Enter your vehicle into a car show or test-drive a Wade Ford. There will be music and entertainment all day.

Event registration begins at 8 a.m. with car show sign-in at 9 a.m. A $35 donation is required to attend. The first 100 guests receive a free t-shirt.

Down the road in Vinings, is hosting a Save the Hooch benefit in conjunction with the Upper Chattahoochee River Keeper and Sweetwater Brewing Company. The party kicks off Saturday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. Canoe’s Chef Carvel Grant Gould will serve barbecue made with ingredients from local farms and Canoe’s own garden. Sweetwater will serve its signature brews. Advance tickets are $25 and include barbecue, a live musical performance, Sweetwater beer and a one-year membership and donation to UCR. Admission is $30 at the door. 

Later that night enjoy cocktails, cupcakes and hors d’oeuvres at the  benefit at at 6 p.m. There will be performances by Leon Trimbo and other jazz artists. The proceeds from this event benefit the American Cancer Society and AIDS research in Atlanta. A minimum $20 donation is required to attend.

After a weekend full of giving back, do a little shopping for yourself at   at 11 a.m. Sunday. There are more than 500 lots featuring one-of-a-kind antique and vintage furnishings like desks, chairs, trunks sideboards and more. These items are currently on display weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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