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Two benefits for Gavin Lance upcoming

By Sherri Ellington A First Baptist Church Sportsman’s Bible Study turkey shoot set for Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ag Center Field on Roberta Drive is one of two upcoming benefits for Gavin Lance, who suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident in August. The shoot will be shotguns only, shells provided. Cost is $2 per shot. Turkeys will be awarded for the best shooter in a group of 10. Lunch and snacks can be purchased. All monies will benefit Lance and his family. A Holiday Hustle evening 5K fun run is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. Runners are asked to pre-register by Dec. 1. Runners can be sponsored. This year’s race ‘“ the first of its kind ‘“ also benefits Lance and his family. The Triple B’s breast cancer awareness group is supporting his mother Jodi Kidd, who walked with them at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day in 2009. ’Our goal is 200 runners,’ said organizer Kathy Oxford. Oxford asks Thomaston and Greenwood street residents to put up outside Christmas lights early for holiday spirit and to cheer the runners. Lance played baseball for the high school as number 14 and the Triple B’s will ask a youth runner to run for someone in their honor or in honor/ memory of a loved one. ’Come out and support all the runners with your flashing lights and holiday spirit,’ she said. There will be prizes for overall winners, male and female in first through third places in and to age category winners including first and second male and female. Entry fees for the 5K run or walk are $25 for pre-registered runners and $25 to sponsor a runner. The cost is $35 the night of the race. The race route is the same as the certified Barnesville Buggy Days 5K route with the start and finish at Summers Field on College Drive Barnesville. ’Runners and walkers should wear reflective clothing and get in the holiday spirit with flashing or blinking lights,’ said Oxford. Race sponsor United Bank also has a fund for Lance and his family set up where donations can be made. State Farm is also a race sponsor. Online registration can be found at races/barnesville-holidayhustle­2013. Mail in registration with checks made out to Kathy Oxford/ Benefit for Gavin Lance to Kathy Oxford at 114 Laurel Dr., Barnesville, 30204. For information call 678-877-9532 or email

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