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Fundraiser on June 30 to benefit boys lodge
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Forsyth County News

The Bald Ridge Lodge fundraiser will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Foster House Restaurant, 305 West Main St. in Cumming. The event is open to the public, for a $30 donation.

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Organizers of a June 30 fundraiser for Bald Ridge Lodge are taking a low key approach to the event at the Foster House.

“We wanted to have a fundraiser, but not with the pressure that a lot of people are having to foot right now,” said Dennis Gravitt, lodge board chairman.

As a result, the event will focus mostly on the six main supporters of the nonprofit boys intervention center, which opened in August.

“We’re really proud of our donors and we appreciate all the work that they’ve done for us, and we wanted to go more with that theme than strictly the fundraiser.”

Amanda Prior, director of operations, said more than 40 county residents have gone through the organization’s 90-day program, which focuses on family reunification and restoration.  

The program works with boys ages 12 to 17 who are in custody of the Department of Family and Children Services or the Department of Juvenile Justice.

During their stay at the lodge, boys receive counseling, mentoring, community support and positive activities.

“The Bald Ridge Lodge name has not really been out there,” Gravitt said. “We’re now just getting our feet on the ground and getting success stories.

“So part of this was to get our name out that the Bald Ridge Lodge is alive and well and we’re out working and trying to help the youth boys, mostly of Forsyth County.”

In the fall, Gravitt said the organization will hold a much larger fundraiser, likely involving food.

Next week’s event will offer more information on the lodge, including success stories and how the program works.

There is a $30 door charge, which will go toward the lodge’s operation costs, which are about $1,000 a day.

In addition, Prior said, the event is “a good opportunity to recognize those who have continuously given.”

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