Courtesy hosts annual benefit for Susan G. Komen cancer foundation

CONYERS - Courtesy Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Hyundai will host its second annual event to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer, this Saturday at the dealership on Dogwood Drive. Volunteers hope to raise $25,000 to $30,000 this year for the cause.

Peggy Mason, warranty administrator for the dealership, said this year's event will feature music, food and entertainment for the whole family, as well as a kids carnival, games and raffles for a variety of prizes.

New this year will be a benefit motorcycle ride, the Ride to Save Lives, that will make a 75-mile round trip to Newborn and back. Some celebrity riders expected to participate include former Atlanta Braves players Terry Pendleton, Brian Jordan and Ryan Klesko, former Braves coach Ned Yost and Conyers City Manager Tony Lucas. Registration for the ride is $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the ride. Saturday registration starts at 9 a.m. and the ride takes off at

11 a.m.

Mason said the event has grown tremendously since last year. "What happened last year is that Ford did a tire sale and for every tire sold a portion went to Susan G. Komen," Mason explained. "We matched that and decided to piggy-back it and get the mobile unit out here for mammograms."

The mobile mammography unit from St. Joseph's Hospital will return this year to offer mammograms during the event Saturday. Local businesses have donated the fees for 10 mammograms for women who do not have insurance, Mason said. For those who do have insurance, Mason said the staff of the mobile unit will file the necessary paperwork. Anyone who would like to schedule a mammogram should call 770-922-2700, ext. 7122, to schedule an appointment.

Other events kicking off at 11 a.m. Saturday include offerings from food vendors like Chick-fil-A, World of Wings, The Sandwich Shop, Tasty Treat and more. In addition, helicopter rides will be available, along with merchandise from Ta-tas Brand Clothing. Five percent of the proceeds from Ta-tas merchandise will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Mason said. One hundred percent of the proceeds from vendor fees will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Mason added.

Mason said about 45 Courtesy employees along with their family members will be volunteering to help make the event a success.