The West Georgia community has come together to help a local man who experienced a tragic accident on August 1. Carrollton native Jeffrey Vance fell off a billboard while working and broke his back and both his ankles. He hopes to be released from the Shepherd Center Sept. 18. Vance has a wife and two children, a nine-month-old daughter and a four-year-old son. He is expecting a long recovery. A number of fundraisers have been organized in order to help the Vance family with medical expenses.
On Sept. 12, Chick-Fil-A held a spirit night and donated a percentage of their sales to Vance. Since the spirit night, those close to Vance have been finding ways help out in any way they can.
Saturday, Sept. 21 there will be a Boston Butt smoking in Bowdon, Ga. Organizers will sell plates of food and also the Boston Butts will be sold separately. The Boston Butts will be cooked all night Friday and into the day Saturday in order to prepare for the event. The Boston Butts will be sold for $30 and t-shirts will be sold for $20. This event will be located at 2330 Old Columbus Road in Bowdon.
Sept. 28 there will be a poker run motorcycle ride starting at TC Rose in Carrollton. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the ride will start at 11 a.m. The ride will go through Douglasville and Villa Rica and will end up back in Carrollton at TC Rose. Participants must return to TC Rose by 3:30 p.m. to qualify for the contest. It costs $25 per bike and $10 per rider. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle and a live auction.
“Every rider will draw a card at each location where they stop.” said Kristie Farmer, organizer of the event. “They will draw their fifth and final card at TC Rose where they will figure out who has the best poker hand and who has the worst poker hand. The best hand wins a $150 cash prize and the worst hand wins a $75 cash prize.”
On Oct. 12 there will be a corn-hole tournament at 10 a.m. The event is still being organized and those interested can visit the Vance Corn Hole Tournament Facebook page.
Donations to the Vance family will also be accepted at any BB&T bank location. Separate t-shirts are also being sold for $15 and bracelets for $2. The t-shirts are imprinted with the message, “Praying for Jeffrey” and “TIME HEALS ALL.”