Low Country Boil fundraiser to benefit Shining Light

By Jason A. Smith Times Correspondent

Organizers of an upcoming fundraiser are striving to spread a message of hope this month for individuals struggling against addiction.

Shining Light Recovery Home for Women will host the “We Do Recover” Low Country Boil Sept. 18, at Willowick Farm, at 246 Cronan Drive in McDonough. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit facility, which is geared toward helping women overcome drugs and alcohol.

“This is probably the biggest fundraiser we’ve ever had,” says Shining Light Founder and Executive Director, Teresa Bestwick. “We’ve got people from all over coming in. We’re also having a graduation ceremony for five women. That brings it to 43 women graduating our 12-month program.”

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the fundraiser beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event will also feature live entertainment at 7 p.m., by local musicians Jason Fowler and Barry Michael.

This year marks the second time for the fundraiser, the first one being a couple years ago. That event raised about $3,000 for Shining Light, says coordinator Michelle Amarra.

“This year we put a bigger goal on it,” says Amarra. “We’re hoping to raise $15,000 from the event. We’re hoping to make this our staple event of the year -- that every year it grows and grows.”

Amarra, a Shining Light board member, graduated from the facility’s 12-month program three years ago. She hopes the fundraiser will draw more than 300 people to the farm, as part of National Recovery Month in September.

“I’m one of the girls whose life’s been changed by Shining Light,” says Amarra. “The whole mission behind it is, we want to share the hope of recovery. We need the community to come out and support it.”

Individuals who have gone through the recovery program at Shining Light will be able to share their stories throughout the fundraiser. Amarra added that representatives from other organizations in Henry County, with missions similar to that of Shining Light, are also being asked to do the same as part of the fundraiser.

Additional activities at the Low Country Boil will include a cornhole tournament, Jumbo Jenga, face-painting, prizes and raffles.

Tickets are available online for $20 at www.eventbrite.com, or $25 at the door on the day of the event.

For more information, call 678-554-6410.