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Fundraiser pulling for troops, pets
Set for Saturday at Billy Howell Ford
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: Heroes & Pets fundraiser

* When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders performance 10-11 a.m.; truck pulling event 11:30 a.m. to noon

* Where: Billy Howell Ford Lincoln, 1805 Atlanta Hwy.

* Cost: Free; donations will benefit Change 4 Georgia, Operation Gratitude and the Humane Society of Forsyth County

A local car dealership hopes to do some heavy duty fundraising this weekend.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Billy Howell Ford Lincoln will hold the “Heroes & Pets” event, benefiting Change 4 Georgia, Operation Gratitude and the Humane Society of Forsyth County.

Change 4 Georgia is a nonprofit that was founded by a Forsyth County elementary student as a way to thank soldiers for their service and sacrifice. The organization collects items from wish lists and sends them overseas.

Operation Gratitude is a charity that sends care packages overseas to military personnel, as well as to families of the service men and women and veterans.

The Humane Society of Forsyth County is a pet rescue organization that provides the county’s only no-kill shelter and several other programs to help local families and their pets.

Saturday’s fundraiser will feature Greg D. Cochran, a multiple world record holder in strength events, as he pulls two extended cab trucks.

The truck pull event, in which Cochran will singlehandedly pull two Ford F-150s, will begin at 11:30 a.m.

In addition, the event will offer pet adoptions through the humane society and a number of family-friendly events such as face painting, inflatables, raffles and performances by local and Atlanta Falcons’ cheerleaders. Food and beverages will be provided by Krystal and Penta Water.

Brenda Howell Laye, with the dealership, said the event is being offered through Ford’s Drive 4 UR Community program, which was started in 2012 as a way for local Ford dealerships to give back to their communities.

“We have completed several fundraisers for the local high schools with the Ford Drive 4 UR School and Lincoln’s Driven to Give [programs], raising over $52,000 for booster clubs,” she said. “We host two of those programs each year.

“The Ford Drive 4 UR Community and Lincoln Driven to Give programs are geared more toward charities.”

Through the programs, Ford and Lincoln will donate $20 for every test drive taken from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The donations will be divided between the charitable organizations.

Laye said she is hoping for good weather and a strong turnout for the event.

“We want everyone to come out and support the troopers, veterans and the humane society,” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll all be able to enjoy the sunshine and make some new friends, all while giving back to worthy causes.”