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'Spring for Hope' is April 7
Annual event benefits SAFFT
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Forsyth County News

If you're going

• SAFFT's Spring for Hope fundraiser is set for 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 7 at Windermere Golf Club, 500 Davis Love Drive. Cost is $35 for adults and $20 for children.

• Tickets can be purchased by stopping by the SAFFT Family Visitation Center, visiting the group's Web site at, or mailing a check to the center at 608 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Cumming, GA 30040.



Families are invited to have brunch with the Easter bunny to raise money for a good cause.

Supporting Adoptive and Foster Families Together, or SAFFT, will hold its second “Spring for Hope” event from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 7 at Windermere Golf Club in south Forsyth.

SAFFT began three years ago as a way to support families who adopt or foster children in the county.

Founder and executive director Ashley Anderson said the organization now has six programs.

“Our most visible one is running the SAFFT family visitation center,” she said.

The center provides children under the care of the Department of Family and Children Services a place to safely visit with their families.

Anderson said the other SAFFT programs include monthly events for adoptive and foster families, scholarships, and clothing and meal programs to assist the families.

She also noted there is an ongoing need for families to adopt or serve as foster families.

Spring for Hope is the organization’s main fundraiser of the year.

“We would love to see $10,000 raised,” she said, noting last year’s event at the Foster House restaurant drew about 100 people.

This year’s event will include a number of activities for children and adults, Anderson said.

“Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will sponsor an activity area for kids and the Easter bunny will have brunch with them,” Anderson said. “There will also be a lot of arts and crafts and an Easter egg hunt for them.”

She said adults are asked to wear “big hats and bow ties” as part of a best-dressed contest. They’ll also be invited to play bocce ball and cornhole.

“We’ll also have several adoptive and foster families who will share their stories,” Anderson said.

There will also be live bunnies for Easter portraits of kids and families, as well as a number of raffle and other giveaways.

Tickets to the event are $35 for adults and $20 for children.

“We will be selling them at the door, but we would prefer for people to buy them in advance,” Anderson said.

She said the theme for the day will be “Through a Child’s Eyes.”

“We want to give back some of that sense of innocence that many of these children [in adoptive or foster homes] may have lost while recognizing the families that love them,” she said.