Fundraiser To Benefit Family

McTier to be remembered at memorial Sunday

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Organizers said every penny raised at next week's Miracle for Madeline event will go to the family of Madeline McTier, who died Tuesday after a valiant battle with brain cancer. 

The event, which was planned before the 17-year-old's death, will include a motorcycle ride, vendors, live music, a "corn hole" tournament, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and a motorcycle show.

The event will be held on Sept. 22 and has been relocated to Crossroads Church, 3260 Hwy. 16 East.

McTier's memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Crossroads. Attendees are asked to wear pink.

Visitation will be today from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson Street, Newnan.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Madeline Fund at any Bank of Georgia location or by mail at 10 Baynard Park, Newnan, GA 30265. The Madeline Fund will make contributions to organizations and charities to honor the passions in McTier's life.

The Miracle for Madeline fundraising event was originally going to be held at the Hunter Complex recreation area on Highway 16 East, but will now be held at Crossroads.

The motorcycle ride, however, will still leave from the Hunter Complex, Highway 16 near Poplar Road. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the ride will get under way at 12:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25 per bike.

There will also be a run/walk of remembrance at 8 a.m. at Hunter Complex. Registration is $10 per person, with $5 for additional family members.

"We're looking for 500 to 700 motorcycles," said Tommy Lance of The Southies motorcycle group. There will be a helicopter following the ride to film it and there will also be other camera crews so that a CD can be put together, Lance said. The ride will last about an hour.

The festivities in the church parking lot will get started about 12:30 or 1 p.m. There will be all kinds of vendors, Lance said. There will be food vendors, but organizers will also be selling food, with funds going to the McTiers.

There are several bands lined up to play, Lance said. Performers include Zach Lunsford and the Hudson Road Band. At dusk, there will be a ceremony.

There will also be T-shirts available for $20.

Vendors are asked to arrive at 9 a.m. The vendor fee is $50.

For more information, contact Warren Whitten at, Molly Veasey at or Jenn Darcy at .

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