VALDOSTA -- Are you interested in protecting your assets? Do you want to learn how to stay fit and fabulous after 50? Would you like information about reverse mortgages and other options when selling your home?

If so, then come to the South Georgia Senior Living Showcase Saturday at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center.

Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free to the public, the showcase features more than 50 vendors displaying their goods and services as well as a day full of seminars and special events.

Sponsored by The Valdosta Daily Times, the showcase is a way for those who are young, mature or young at heart to learn more about issues and services available to them.

"There hasn't been another show like this before in our area," said Times General Manager J.H. (Sandy) Sanders. "With Americans living longer, healthier lives, it's important that we all learn how to prepare for the future."

Ten seminars are scheduled to run every half hour throughout the day, beginning at 10:30 a.m. A fashion show by Fads 'N Fashions starts at 11 a.m., with Dorothy Pearlman serving as the emcee and a fitness demonstration by Forever Fit will be on stage

at 2: 30 p.m.

One of the highlights of the day will be the presentation at noon of the Super Citizen Awards. Valdosta Mayor James H. Rainwater will present certificates and prizes to the two citizens selected from more than 100 entries -- the Rev. George Bennett and Louie White.

Bennett, 63, is the pastor of First Christian Church in Valdosta. In addition to his official ministerial duties, Bennett also serves on the boards of several local organizations, including Project Change, and recently chaired the Church Relations Committee for the Habitat for Humanity Jimmy Carter Work Project.

In a recent interview with the Times, Bennett said, "I do think I am making a difference. But my feeling of success comes from being faithful. That is my reward."

White, 83, has long been associated with her work in preserving the history of the Valdosta through her work with the Historical Society, but she has also been instrumental in keeping the arts alive in the community through her work with the Symphony Guild and the Cultural Arts Guild. It's fitting that she receive her award at the Conference Center as the lake there is named for her -- Lake Louie.

Covington's will be selling food during the show, and attendees will have the opportunity to register for a number of giveaways at various booths.

For more information, call Mandy Edwards at 229-244-3400, ext. 228.

To contact Business Editor Kay Harris, please call 244-3400, ext. 280.

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