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Rockdale Cares to host annual fundraiser Aug. 10.

CONYERS — Rockdale Cares has been caring for and about the developmentally challenged since 1978 and this year will mark the 33rd year for their annual fundraiser.

This year’s event, called “A Country Evening,” will be held Aug. 10 and will feature all sorts of entertainment and events that have become part of the grand tradition for the fundraiser.

A seven-piece band, Hooch Holler, will provide live music for listening or dancing and the food and decorations will be provided by Bokay by Joann. A Green Egg grill and table will highlight an auction which will offer numerous other items and a silent auction will feature footballs signed by University of Georgia and Georgia Tech head coaches. Also, the popular mystery drawing will return and attendees will have a chance to purchase tickets for that.

A group of senior citizens from the Rockdale Senior Center will give line dancing demonstrations and some of the clients from Rockdale Cares will also perform.

Festivities will kick off at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockdale Cares facility at 875 Davis Drive in Conyers. Tickets are $35 each and can be reserved by calling 770-922-7272.

“We have sponsorships still available,” said Executive Director Barbara Kilpatrick. “And we take out a full page ad to recognize all our sponsors and contributors.”

Rockdale Cares advocates for all special needs and developmentally challenged individuals. Funds from this year’s “A Country Evening” will be used to help fund the respite home they have at the Lighthouse Village. The home is used to give the caregivers of the disabled, usually parents, a chance to have a time away from the constant demands caring for these individuals can require. A caregiver stays with the person requiring care at a 5-bedroom home in the village.

“It is full every weekend and we want to raise money to keep it open more,” Kilpatrick said. “Right now it is open every weekend, school holidays and the months of June and July.”

Kilpatrick said there is a real need for this type of respite for caregivers.

“These people need a break both mentally and physically,” Kilpatrick said.

Rockdale Cares also offers a daytime program for the developmentally challenged once they graduate from high school.

“They’re usually not employable or college material, but we offer them a way to continue learning,” she said.

The program uses mock facilities such as a grocery store, a bank, a post office, a restaurant, a computer lab, an apartment and more to teach life skills. There are about 75 clients from around east metro who come to the facility.

For more information about Rockdale Cares or to donate, go to www.rockdalecares.org.