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FFA hosting Wildlife Camp fundraiser in March

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

COVINGTON -- The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center is hosting a banquet and fundraiser to give kids a chance to attend the popular Wildlife Camp this summer.

Tickets are on sale for the fundraiser, which will take place Saturday, March 5, and include a pork chop dinner, live and silent auctions, gun raffles and a variety of other raffles.

The event will take place at Game Time, located at 9120 Wheat St. in Covington. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the banquet beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the auction and raffles taking place at 7 p.m.

Last year's event raised $32,000 and funded about 100 scholarships. FFA Director Todd Teasley hopes this year will be a similar success.

"These are kids that would never be able to come to camp," without a scholarship, Teasley said.

FFA Wildlife Camp features activities such as bow hunting, firearms and hunting training, wilderness survival lessons, bass fishing and outdoor cooking. About 350 kids attend each year, with about 100 of those children on scholarship.

"Wildlife Camp is the bait, but the goal is really to reinforce what mom and dad are teaching at home, respect of self, respect of others, dependability. What we're trying to do through our counselors is build character skills," Teasley said.

Tickets to the fundraiser are $25 per person and sponsorships range from $200 to $2,000. Dinner and a T-shirt or hat is included with every ticket. Tickets must be reserved prior to the banquet by calling Beverly Stahl at 770-786-6926, ext. 3. Ticket order forms may be downloaded at http://georgiaffacamp.org.