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Tomato party to help feed the hungry
by Christine Fonville
June 10, 2014 04:27 PM | 1363 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye. Glenda Garris, executive director for Community Gardens of Henry County, at the Heritage Garden.
Staff / Katherine Frye. Glenda Garris, executive director for Community Gardens of Henry County, at the Heritage Garden.
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On June 21, residents can enjoy a Southern staple — tomato sandwiches — during the third annual Love & Home-Grown Tomatoes event hosted by the nonprofit Community Gardens of Henry County.

The party will kick off at 6 p.m. at Heritage Park, 101 Lake Dow Road in McDonough, and include live entertainment, a silent auction, vendors, a children’s play area and tons of delicious tomatoes.

Tickets for attendees 16 and older will be $10; tickets for children under 15 will be $5.

Included is a classic tomato sandwich dinner with potato chips and tea. Glenda Garris, the nonprofit’s executive director, said the event started as a way to inform residents about what the organization does.

“Much of what we do is provide healthy, home-grown vegetables for those in need,” she said. “The Love & Tomatoes event is a great way to show the community where our gardens are located and host a fun fundraising event that the entire community can enjoy.”

Since its beginning, the event has grown and become the organization’s primary fundraiser.

“Last year we fed more than 300 guests and we’re expecting about 400 participants this year,” Garris said.

Gloria Hughes, the organization’s public relations chair, said this year’s goal is to raise about $5,000 — all of which will help gardeners help the community.

“People enjoy coming out to eat some fresh tomatoes, see our gardens and understand what we’re doing,” she said. “Our primary goal is to grow vegetables for local food pantries because sometimes they don’t receive the healthiest donation options, so we feel that we spend a lot of time and energy helping the community in a somewhat unique way.”

Hughes, who said the event changes locations every year to familiarize attendees with the nonprofit’s six different gardens, said she is most excited about the silent auction at this year’s Heritage Park locale.

“The silent auction is a really fun part of the fundraiser and we have had about 50 donations and it’s a great way for other, local businesses to participate,” she said.

Tickets may be purchased at businesses like Moye’s Pharmacies and Wilson Bros. Nursery.

Hughes said the organization is still seeking vendors who have products or information related to gardening, healthy and active living, or environmental and agriculture sustainability.

Information: (770) 954-0000 or communitygardens@bellsouth.net

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