Baker Co. Sheriff Dana Meade (left) and Mitchell Co. Sheriff W. E. Bozeman
Mitchell Co., Baker Co., GA - (WALB) South Georgia Sheriffs want you to enjoy a fun day on the river and help them keep at-risk young people out of trouble.
Georgia sheriffs have been getting together to raise money for youth homes across the state since the 1960s. They'll sponsor this year's Flint River Poker Float July 30th. Players pick up cards throughout the 20-mile float.
Whoever has the best poker hand at the end the course wins a prize.
Last year, the event raised $20,000 to provide children with food, shelter, and education. Just because a child needed the help of the youth home doesn't mean he or she can't rise to great heights.
"We've got some that turns out to be Doctors at Shands Hospital in Florida. Some at NASA. It gives kids that haven't gotten the opportunity, the opportunity to go on with their education," said Mitchell Co. Sheriff W. E. Bozeman.
It costs $35 to enter the poker float and $45 to take part in a raft race. They'll also raffle off a kayak. You can get $5 raffle tickets at the Mitchell County and Baker County sheriff's offices.
Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes operates five campuses: Boys Ranch in Hahira, Cherokee Estate in Dalton, Pineland/Camp Pioneer in LaGrange, Herrington Homestead near Swainsboro, and MountainView in Chatsworth.