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Lee County supports Special Olympics

LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Lee County officials are inviting everyone out to Leesburg Saturday for a fun day with the family, all for a special cause.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is holding their annual Special Olympics Fundraiser Festival to help Special Olympians participate in Georgia's statewide games at Butterfly Kisses Special Needs Play Park from 10:30 am to 3 pm on May 18th.

Georgia Special Olympics serves over 24 thousand athletes with intellectual disabilities to providing them with year-round sports training and athletic competition.

"Just like we have our regular Olympics, They get to do theirs,"said Denise Thomas, Terminal Agency Coordinator and Warrants Clerk for Lee County Sheriff's Office. "It just gives them a sense that, you know, they can accomplish something."

There will be activities for everyone, including a chance to Dunk a cop and pie a cop in the face, but organizers say their biggest event is the silent auction with items donated like a hat and books signed by Jeff Foxworthy and a guitar signed by Lee County star Cody Smith.

"Everyone's just dug in to help this year and we're just hoping it will be a big success," said Thomas.

Last year's event raised over $10,000.

"We're hoping to double that if we can. That's why we're asking everybody to come out, bring your kids, have a hotdog or a hamburger. Enjoy the games and just enjoy the day with us," said Thomas.

100 percent of the proceeds go to help Special Olympians and their families participate in the statewide games.

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