Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sixth Annual Goblin Gallop Raises More Than $25K for Charity

Money to benefit Henry County's Hands of Hope Clinic

For the second year in a row, Heron Bay Golf and Country Club’s Goblin Gallop raised over $25,000 for the Hands of Hope Clinic, Henry County's only free medical and dental clinic. More than 300 racers participated in the sixth annual event which was held on Oct. 24. The race, which encourages runners to dress up in their Halloween costumes, included a 6K run, 1 mile Run/Walk and a Tot Trot for children ages 5 and under.

“This was the best Goblin Gallop in terms of participation in all six years of having it according to previous organizers and we are pleased with the amount of money raised in this economy where everyone is stretched to the limit,” said Linda Banks, Executive Director of the Hands of Hope Clinic.

Established in 2004 as a way to bring the community together while drawing awareness of and raising funds for the Hands of Hope Clinic, the Goblin Gallop has grown in size each year and has been hosted by Heron Bay Golf and Country Club since 2005. Last year’s Goblin Gallop attracted more than 250 participants and raised $25,000 for the clinic.

Sponsorship dollars, registration fees and raffle ticket sales all benefited the Hands of Hope Clinic, a free Christian medical clinic in Henry County. The clinic operates every Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 1010 Hospital Drive on the campus of Henry Medical Center. Its commitment is to provide any resident of the county who does not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, has no private health insurance and who cannot afford to see a doctor, with basic medical care and free medications as available. The clinic relies on help from volunteers, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, therapists, and other various healthcare personnel and is financially supported through its volunteers and charitable donations. All monies raised during the Goblin Gallop and various raffles will support the clinic.

To visit Heron Bay, take I-75 South to Exit 216. Turn right and proceed five miles to Heron Bay Golf & Country Club.
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