St. Paddy’s Day Benefit Nets $10,000 to Prevent Child Abuse


Emerald green certainly was the color of choice as 125 revelers celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the Luck o’ the Irish Casino Night on March 16th to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Pickens. Sconti Point Clubhouse at Big Canoe was jumping with the lively music of Keltic Kudzu and enchanting Step Dancers from the Irish Dance Troupe. The event netted just under $10,000 for the charitable organization. 100% of this money will go directly to services for the children.

With their admission ticket, the nearly sellout crowd received two drink tickets, $1,000 in casino money and access to a delicious buffet including a prime rib carving station, live music and Irish dancers. Tables for Black Jack, Roulette, Poker and Craps provided rollicking entertainment and the opportunity to increase ones holdings. At the end of the night the casino dollars were used to purchase raffle tickets for numerous prizes including an original oil painting, vacation in the Dominican Republic, golf outings, dining packages, etc.

Prevent Child Abuse Pickens was founded 17 years ago with the mission to stop abuse and neglect before it starts and promote early school readiness. Primary programs are Footsteps for Families and Parents as Teachers, designed to greet every expectant mother and provide her guidance, parenting education and family support throughout pregnancy until the child enters kindergarten. “We believe that school readiness does not begin a week before the start of kindergarten. It is a process that begins before birth,” states Margy Lohman, Executive Director and Founder. Currently there are 20+ families participating in this program. Unfortunately, due to a lack of funding, there is a waiting list of 52 more families needing support. For additional information, to volunteer or to make a donation please contact PCAP at or PCAPickens on Facebook or by calling 706-253-6488.
Neil and Rosemary Richie
Bill and Susan Gibson
Outdoor Living Porch & Patio
Clyde and Fran Reed
Bell, Rugh &Logan, LLC
Andrea Logan, CPA
Royston LLC
Piedmont Physicians at Tate
Dennis and Karen Santucci
Prestige Primary Care
Big Canoe Reality
Prize Donors
Ace Hardware Marble Hill
Art by Ann Young
Artistic Designs
Big Canoe Golf
Big Canoe Marina
Bill Gibson
Crystal Fall Golf
Firefly Acres
Fuego Mexican Restaurant
Gibbs Gardens
Honeysuckle Florist
David Jacobs

Jasper Old Fashioned Barber
Lakota Cove
Mary’s Bread Basket
Northwest Salon
Pampered Chef
Party Time Rentals
Plantation Italia Alpharetta
Tom’s Awesome Seafood
Trout Liquors
Victor’s Nails
Weeks Jewelry

Prevent Child Abuse Pickens thanks all who attended the benefit, the sponsors and the prize donors for their support and asks everyone to patronize and thank these establishments for their generous contributions. Upcoming fundraisers include a Motorcycle Rally at Rocco’s on April 27th and a 5k Run on May 11th.

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