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Fundraiser benefits Forsyth County sheriffs programs for teens

CUMMING — Lunch-goers will be able to satisfy their Mexican food cravings Saturday while their kids get their faces painted to support programs for teenagers in Forsyth County.

The local branch of Tacos and Tequilas, 2155 Market Place Boulevard, is holding a fundraiser and kids’ day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to benefit two Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office programs: the Teen Intervention Program and the Explorer Program.

Tacos and Tequilas has reportedly been taking donations for weeks and will combine those funds with anything donated on Saturday, according to Robin Regan, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

K9 units and SWAT, negotiations and Explorer trucks will be at the restaurant for kids to see.

There also will be face painting, balloon animals and a balloon release at 2 p.m., Regan said.

The Explorer Program began in 1995 to provide on-the-job training for students ages 14-20 who are interested in a law enforcement career.

Funds from the event will help this program buy equipment and uniforms.

TIP is a free educational drug program focused on helping youth ages 13-17 make good decisions. Donations will help it buy lunches and T-shirts.

For more information on either program or to donate without attending Saturday’s event, contact Robin Regan at