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January 19, 2014

Baseball legend Smoltz helping LAMP

Featured speaker at Changing Lives Dinner

VALDOSTA — Lowndes Associated Ministries to People (LAMP) is gearing up for the Changing Lives Dinner featuring baseball legend John Smoltz on Feb. 6. Forty-two tables with seating for eight at each will be available for the event, hosted at Wiregrass Technical College, with the school’s culinary arts program providing the meal.

All of the money raised from this event will benefit LAMP, Lowndes County’s local mission for the homeless. They serve as a refuge for homeless families, single parents and single women with the goal of returning them to self sufficiency. LAMP strives to help those who have fallen on hard times and need a “hand up, not a hand out.”

Adonna Smith, fundraiser organizer, stressed the importance of what LAMP does for Valdosta.

“Anyone at anytime can be a victim of the times and will need a hand up,” says Smith.

The guest speaker for the event, sponsored by Academy Sports, will be John Smoltz, former Major League Baseball pitcher and current sportscaster.  Smoltz is renowned in the world of sports, winning a variety of awards spanning his career including the Roberto Clemente Award in 2005, which is given to the MLB player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.

Along with his many baseball related

accomplishments, Smoltz is very active in numerous charities, including leading his own foundation. He was also instrumental in helping build the Alpharetta-based King’s Ridge Christian School.

Many in Valdosta have made contributions to help make the dinner a night to remember. Susan Mullis of the Flower Gallery will be providing centerpieces for the dinner and Kinderlou Golf Course is providing John Smoltz with a round of golf so he can enjoy some down time in Valdosta. The biggest thanks is given to the LAMP staff, who work to make sure people in Valdosta are taken care of when they need it most.

“They are the real heroes,” says Smith. John Smoltz will also be taking time out of his day in Valdosta to tour the LAMP facility so he can see firsthand how much good this fundraiser will do.

While this dinner will be free to attend, seating will be limited. Donations will be accepted at the event and the overall fundraising goal is $100,000. A private wild game dinner is also being offered courtesy of attorney Bill Langdale at his plantation. Tickets to attend are $1,000 and only 20 will be available. This ticket will entitle guests to enjoy a wild game dinner while also being able to spend individual time with Smoltz.

To attend either event, donate, or for more information, Adonna Smith can be contacted at (229) 561-7608.

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