Tailgate event aids Whitlock Foundation

By ALEX MCRAE
alex@newnan.com
Organizers are hoping a big crowd shows up at the Newnan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Saturday for a benefit tailgate party event to raise funds for the newly established Capt. Nicholas Schade Whitlock Foundation.
The VFW Post is located on U.S. Hwy. 29 north of the bypass.
Captain Whitlock was killed on active duty in February 2012, when the plane he was piloting crashed in Djibouti, Africa, while returning from a special operations mission in Afghanistan. The Newnan-Coweta County Airport was recently renamed in his honor and is now called Newnan-Coweta County Airport Whitlock Field.
The event, the first Hunter 87 Bluegrass Bash, is being held on the day of the Georgia-Auburn football game. Organizers are hoping fans will show up for a good time and successful fundraising effort.
Proceeds will help fund the Nicholas Whitlock Leadership Scholarship, which will be awarded to a Newnan High School senior. Funds will also go to sponsor hunting trips for disabled veterans.
The Hunter 87 Bluegrass Bash is a family-friendly event that will include a barbecue, drinks, football, activities for the children, a silent auction and live bluegrass music.

All football games will be broadcast, so guests are invited to bring a picnic lunch or snack and enjoying tailgating with friends.

There will be activities for the children to enjoy, so fans of all ages are encouraged to attend.

The event begins at 1 p.m and will continue to about 11 p.m. A silent auction will start at 2:30 and the Packway Handle Band will begin performing at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and include dinner, two drink tickets and live music. Those with questions or seeking information on corporate sponsorships should contact nswfoundation@whitlockfoundation.com .



More Local

Second suspect in slaying charged with murder

Kerven Silvera Telsey Jr., 21, a suspect in a local homicide who was arrested almost two weeks ago in Florida, was booked into the Coweta Co ... Read More


UPDATE

Teen with cystic fibrosis dies

Coweta teen Cole Croteau battled cystic fibrosis every day of his life. In the past two years, the battle became tougher, Cole got sicker, a ... Read More


Pinewood exec lauds impact of filmmaking

When Pinewood Studios agreed to expand into the United States, no one had any idea the economic impact it would have. Addressing the Newnan- ... Read More


Middle school volleyball championship postponed

Coweta’s middle school volleyball championship game has been postponed for a week amid questions on Lee Middle School’s eligibil ... Read More


No suspects named in Newnan triple shooting

Newnan authorities are still investigating last week’s drive-by shooting that left two men and a woman injured, but the victims are im ... Read More

Man arrested after pursuit through Newnan

By Wes Mayer wesley@newnan.com A man received numerous charges after he led officers with the Newnan Police Department and Coweta County Sh ... Read More