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Landfill plays host to fundraiser

Trash Dash and Bash on Saturday

POSTED: October 19, 2012 12:31 a.m.

Five nonprofit organizations in Forsyth County will benefit from trash this Saturday.

Advanced Disposal, a waste management and recycling company, will have its first Trash Dash and Bash at its Eagle Point Landfill on Old Federal Road in northwestern Forsyth.

The event will include a 5K, one-mile “fun run” and “tot trot,” as well as a number of family-friendly activities.

Marcie Kreager, community affairs manager with the company, said leaders wanted to hold the event as a way to educate the public about the landfill facility while helping the community.

“We wanted to give back to the community and we were trying to think of a fun way to bring people out to our landfill to show them what we’re all about, that we’re infrastructure in Forsyth County that’s a beautiful facility,” Kreager said.

“And then we wanted to be able to give back to the community in terms of nonprofits and since we have so many nonprofits in Forsyth County, we were trying to think of how to narrow them down.”

Kreager said it was decided to let Forsyth’s five county commissioners each select a nonprofit.

The organizations that were chosen include: Family Haven, a domestic violence shelter; Jesse’s House, a home for displaced girls; and The Pier Foundation, a thrift store that provides jobs to adults with disabilities.

Forsyth Community Connection, which supports a range of nonprofits and links volunteers with the groups, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which opened a site in Forsyth last year, also were selected.

Each organization will receive a donation from Advanced Disposal based on how many participants it brings to the event.

The one with the most gets $3,500, while the one with the least will receive $250. The total donation pool is $6,500.

Kreager said besides the donations, all the nonprofits will also be raising funds at the event.

“Each one of the nonprofits will actually have a presence here that day,” she said. “They’ll have booths and some of them will be selling food, some will have games and different things like that.”

The Trash Dash and Bash will also feature a DJ and a number of games, inflatables and other kids’ activities, she said.

“We hope to make it a fun day for families,” she said, noting that the event, including race participation, is free for all Forsyth residents and $15 for those living in another county.

“This is free for anyone in Forsyth County as long as you have proof of residency, which is your driver’s license.”

The 5K will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the “fun run” at 4 p.m. and the “tot trot” at 4:15 p.m.

Kreager said she’s hoping for a good turnout.

“We can’t wait,” she said. “It’s rain or shine that day, but we are watching the weather report and we’re hoping for beautiful weather.”


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