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Posted: November 17, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Green Getaway around corner

Fundraiser for KCNB

 The King of rock 'n' roll will be in the house for the third annual Green Getaway, beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. The night includes a dinner, a traditional auction, silent auction and musical entertainment.
 "Elvis is not dead," said Connie Waller, executive director of KCNB. "Elvis will be our entertainment this year."
 In honor of Mark Eskew's impersonation of The King, Waller's brother-in-law C.W. Massey - affectionately known as Grillzilla - will cook "mouth-watering Memphis ribs."
 Sweet Harmony will perform during the pre-party, which begins at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington.
 During the pre-party guests can peruse the silent auction items which include gift baskets, original artwork, catering services and more. Traditional auction items include items donated by KCNB and community members such as a weekend mountain getaway, a Christmas tree decorating service or a low-country boil for 12-15 people.
 "Things like the low-country boil are popular because they're buying things that are like a service that you can't just get anywhere," Waller said. For the past two years fall has been a very important season for members of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful. Through excellent event coordination and fundraising magic, KCNB members have found a way to garner the money necessary for their educational programs and beautification efforts.
 Last year's event raised approximately $22,000 for KCNB. The organization has a budget of about $14,000 a year for the educational Seymore Green puppet shows they present in every county elementary school as well as the environmental activity workbooks students receive.
 Money left over from the educational programs went toward the construction of a new entrance sign at Interstate 20 exit 90 on U.S. Highway 278. Throughout the year KCNB offered free grocery totes, rain gauges and car trash bags at organizational and community events.
 "Hopefully this year we'll get enough for our educational programs as well as have some left over for another beautification project like the sign," Waller said.
 KCNB is still accepting auction items and tickets remain available for a cost of $50. To donate or purchase tickets email newtonclean@co.newton.ga.us or call (770) 784-2015.

 

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