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 .



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