Fun, food and four-by-fours — what else do you need?
On Saturday, FoCo Jeepers, BB&T and Community Cup hosted Cumming Together in downtown Cumming to raise money for Family Haven of Forsyth County, a local nonprofit that provides temporary shelter, individual crisis support and referral services for victims of domestic violence.
The festival featured activities for kids, vendors selling food and other items and lots and lots of Jeeps.
“We wanted to do something for the community and we’re all community-related,” said Billy Moore, club president of FoCo Jeepers. “It’s all about family.”
Amy Barfield, with Family Haven, said the organization was thankful for the support and the chance to spread their message.
“This is just a family fun event, but it will raise awareness about domestic violence and Family Haven that’s here in the county and to have a little fun,” she said. “I think it’s a wonderful turnout. This is beyond what I dreamt it would be, so I’m very excited to be a part of it and to be here.”
Barfield said one issue she often encounters is that many in the community don’t know about Family Haven or their work and said even she didn’t a year-and-a-half ago.
“That is twofold,” Barfield said. “We need awareness for fundraising and that sort of stuff, but we also need that awareness so that people who are in danger know where to call and what to do. A lot of people don’t know that resource exists and that there is help available and they don’t have to go through it by themselves.”
More information about Family Haven can be found at ForsythCountyFamilyHaven.info or by calling the organization’s crisis line at 770-887-1121.