• Nov.19.2018

Raises Funds for Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support

ATHENS, Ga. – (Nov. 19, 2018) – Athens law firm Blasingame, Burch, Garrard, & Ashley, P.C. (BBGA) held its Annual Pig Pickin’ in September at The Farm at High Shoals. This was the firm’s 15th year holding the event, which was created with the dual intent of bringing the Athens community together to have fun and socialize, while simultaneously raising funds for the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support.

BBGA raised $4,750 for the cancer center at this year’s event and presented the check to them on Friday, Nov. 16.

From left: BBGA attorney Patrick Garrard, manager of Cancer Support Services at the Loran Smith Center Joel Siebentritt, BBGA attorney Thomas Hollingsworth, and Executive Director of Philanthropy Tammy Gilland.

The invitation-only occasion brought more than 400 lawyers, clients, and friends and family of the firm together for a bar-b-que dinner prepared by BBGA shareholders. Served along with the bar-b-que was picnic fare such as Brunswick stew, coleslaw, and sweet tea. Attendees were also treated to live music, games for the children, and could stroll the farm’s 400-acre property near its equine boarding facility and lake.

A raffle drawing was held with all funds raised going to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support. The winner of the raffle received two nights at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee; two rounds of golf; and spending money.

“We are honored to hold an event that not only allows us to thank our clients, fellow lawyers and friends, but also supports an important community initiative that touches the lives of cancer patients and their families,” BBGA partner Mike Morris said. “Everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another, and the intrusion of this disease leaves an unimaginable trail of pain. The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support does great work in the Athens region and we are pleased to continue our tradition of supporting their meaningful cause.”

The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support at Piedmont Athens Regional offers cancer patients and their families’ free guidance, education, and emotional support during their journey with cancer. The Center provides workshops, seminars, individual and group counseling, support groups, art and writing therapies, and exercise classes.

“The generosity of donors like Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley make it possible for patients to receive professional counseling, nurse consultation, support groups, education, and a variety of therapies at no cost,” said Joel Siebentritt, manager of Cancer Support Services at the Loran Smith Center. “The Center is truly a gift to our community and is open to anyone affected by cancer, regardless of where their cancer is being treated.”


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