Fannin County Special Olympics will Benefit from Local Fundraiser on March 12th


Fannin County, GA  Knights of Columbus and La Pizzeria at Cucina Rustica have teamed up to sponsor the 4th annual “It’s a Pizza Knight” at La Pizzeria on March 12 from 5-8.  A portion of the proceeds and all tips to your “Celebrity Knight” waiters go directly to the Special Olympics of Fannin County.


Michelle Moran, owner of La Pizzeria, says, “We are delighted to partner with the Knights of Columbus. The Special Olympics is such a worthwhile experience. It’s a privilege to be able to support such a worthy cause and to help galvanize the community to rally around these amazing athletes.”


Gini Bell of the Fannin County Special Olympics says, “Teaming with the Knights of Columbus and La Pizzeria has been a very powerful and fruitful partnership, and one we look forward to continuing.”

The 2019 Special Olympics Track and Field event will be held at the Fannin  County HS Football stadium on Friday, April 12th at 9 AM.


Click here to see related post on Recognition of Athletes of Special Olympics 

Pizza Knight Flyer 2019




FCYFA- Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser Flyer

Community, Rebel's Corner

Taste of Blue Ridge is a success for the Humane Society of Blue Ridge

Community, Lifestyle

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – With 500 tickets sold, Taste of Blue Ridge, an annual fundraiser for the Humane Society of Blue Ridge (HSBR), continues to be a huge success.

This annual event not only brings in funds for the homeless animal population of our area but also creates opportunities for HSBR to provide services, awareness, and education to Fannin County and surrounding area residents.

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Owners of Tupleo Tea and Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company, Tom and Donna Harper, participate in Taste of Blue Ridge for a fifth year.

HSBR has a main shelter where volunteers and staff take in stray cats and dogs from our area and provide them with proper socialization and medical care in hopes of ultimately finding “furever” homes.

Beyond the shelter, HSBR runs a Trap Neuter Release program to combat the ever-growing populations of feral cat colonies. This program has been wildly successful in the past few years with residents commenting on the fewer number of these cats.

HSBR has also been awarded grants in the past to help provide low-cost spay and neutering for family pets, and currently has a low-cost micro-chipping program to provide extra resources to pet owners in the event that their pet becomes missing.

Taste of Blue Ridge provides HSBR supporters with an evening of fun, food, and a silent auction. Area shops and restaurants set up to serve patrons with samples of what our area has to offer in dining and atmosphere.

Donna Harper, owner of Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company and Tupelo Tea, has donated her services to the event for five years.

“This is awesome,” Harper enthusiastically spoke of Taste of Blue Ridge, “an awesome event. The people are here for the dogs and the cats. It’s great to see so many volunteers. It’s always been an incredible event.”

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Brannan Mathis and family, owners of Mystic Mountain Pizza, enjoyed serving for a good cause at Taste of Blue Ridge.

Brennan Mathis, owner of Mystic Mountain Pizza and a first-time participant at Taste of Blue Ridge, agreed with the sentiment shared by Harper: “It’s a really worthwhile cause.”

“We love animals and we love Blue Ridge,” Mathis said, explaining her reason for wanting to participate. “We’re just happy to be here serving up some really awesome food for some really awesome people.”

Taste of Blue Ridge continues to top its own records each year, with tickets to this event selling out in less than three weeks. Each year seems to bring with it an ever-growing response and success.

“It really is the big one, ” Silent Auction Co-Chair Suzanne Ponton explained of the importance of Taste of Blue Ridge for HSBR. “It’s our opportunity to really highlight the humane society, some of the different things we do for the community, and of course, the animals.”

With this year’s Taste of Blue Ridge an official success for HSBR, a small break will be taken before planning begins to host another successful event in 2019.


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You’re Invited to the 6th Annual “WhoDunIt?” Fun-draiser @ The Art Center

You are invited to our 

6th Annual 

WhoDunIt? Fun-draiser

November 18, 2017


The Art Center

The 6th Annual ‘WhoDunIt?’ Mystery Art Fun-draiser Event will be held
Saturday, November 18
from 6pm to 9pm at the Art Center.
     This is a rare opportunity to acquire unique artworks from sought-after artists at an incredible price. Each WhoDunIt? ticket guarantees you going home with an original piece of art of your choice valued at $50 or more. The mystery is guessing which well-known artist is responsible for creating your artwork.
     Tickets are limited and on sale NOW at the Art Center and online.  Cost per ticket is $50. This is an event with fantastic art, delicious food and lots of fun!
     Tickets to participate in WhoDunIt? can be purchased by contacting the Art Center either via email at or by phone at (706) 632-2144 or online at the link below:

     During this fun-filled event, we will also be hosting our opening reception for our Annual Holiday Show & Sale exhibit . This year’s Holiday Show includes SAAG’s ‘Marvelous Miniatures’ artwork.
     Give the gift of art this Christmas or expand your own art collection while helping the Art Center raise money to support our arts association and arts education programming. This will be a night you won’t forget!
I look forward to seeing you here.
Nichole Potzauf
Executive Director

Mardi Gras in the Mountains 2017 crowns new King and Queen


Residents from local counties in North Georgia were representing their community in the contest to be Mardi Gras in the Mountains King and Queen while raising some money for a good cause.

Mardi Gras in the Mountains is an annual joint fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Jasper, The Knights of Columbus and Georgia Mountains Hospice. The annual event was held Saturday, February 25th  from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper, Georgia. The evening was enjoyed by a large attendance.

The night included fine dining, a band, silent auction and coronation of the King and Queen and Honor Court.   Congratulations to all for the fundraising and special recognition to this year’s King Lonnie Waters and Queen Amy Leake.  Attendees enjoyed a great  dinner and wonderful entertainment.  If you would like to find out more about Georgia Mountains Hospice please click this link:  Georgia Mountains Hospice

Please enjoy the slideshow and video below:

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The Open Arms Home for Children invites you to Lunch!



Car Wash Fundraiser for Coy Roper

Community, Featured Stories

The Rock Community Church Blue Ridge Life Group is raising funds for Coy Roper’s Stem Cell surgery, via a car wash. The car wash will be by donation at Mark of Excellence Salon in McCaysville from 10-2. The link below gives information about the cause.


Hypnosis Highlights Fannin Fundraiser

Community, Rebel's Corner

The Fannin County Rebels’ baseball team hosted a hypnosis night that featured the talents of Brent Paterline, a professor at North Georgia. Paterline was the featured hypnotist and treated the crowd of over 200 people to a plethora of party tricks. He convinced participants that they were on the moon, riding horses, dancing in the club. He even convinced some male volunteers that they were having babies and the female participants were the delivery nurses. The event was a fundraiser for the Rebel’s baseball team and drew in over 200 spectators. Fannin Coach David Dyer said that he plans to make it an annual event, with a target date of October, during football season when community interest is at its highest. (more…)

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