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Redneck Bash tonight at conference center
Relay fundraiser features Foxworthy
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You might be a redneck if … you’re going to see Jeff Foxworthy at the Forsyth Conference Center tonight.

The star comedian will kick off the fundraising season for the Forsyth County Relay for Life team at the themed Redneck Bash, with dinner, auction and the feature performance.

The American Cancer Society fundraiser continues Monday with the 2nd annual Ernie Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament at Polo Golf and Country Club.

Relay for Life of Forsyth County had hoped to start the campaign off with an evening event before the tournament this year, and they were “blessed” to have a connection to Foxworthy through the Johnson family, said Amy Richardson, community manager for American Cancer Society.

“We’re excited about that,” Richardson said. “We’ve sold over 500 tickets, so we are looking for a full house at the conference center.”

The Redneck Bash will be themed, from the cocktails to the music to the attire, in a redneck costume contest.

“It kind of just piggybacked off of the golf tournament,” Richardson said. “The fact that it’s a Relay for Life team that’s doing this is really phenomenal.”

Participants in the annual Relay for Life raise money for the American Cancer Society, each year leading up to the annual overnight walkathon, which will be May 2 at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

The Ernie Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament began as a local fundraiser last year, in honor of the late baseball player and broadcaster. His last residence was in the Polo Golf and Country Club, where he was an avid golfer.

His family, three of whom are cancer survivors, requested that event proceeds benefit the local Relay for Life. Family members will attend the events, including his son, Ernie Johnson Jr., who is also a baseball broadcaster.

Though limited tickets, if any, will be available for the Redneck Bash, some spots remain open for the golf tournament.

The tournament includes an 18-hole scramble, raffles and awards. Participants will also receive a continental breakfast and catered lunch.

To commemorate the event, a balloon release will take place at the tournament’s start to honor those who have fought cancer.

Richardson said she’s been impressed with the support in Forsyth County, noting that volunteers have worked since February to organize the events.

“We’re just thankful for people in our community that are so dedicated to eradicating cancer,” she said.