Houston & Peach

Houston jail administrators to be dunked in Saturday fundraiser

PERRY -- Three high-ranking administrators at the Houston County jail will be targeted Saturday in a dunking-booth fundraiser that costs $1 for three chances.

People also can get their cars washed for $5 by Houston County detention officers.

The fourth annual “Operation Hunger” fundraiser is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Anytime Fitness at 1040 Macon Road in Perry. Money raised will be used to buy dinners for needy families that detention officers will personally deliver on Thanksgiving.

“We think this a great program that has helped a lot of folks, and what better day to get dunked than another 100 degree August day in Georgia?” asked Houston County sheriff’s Major Alan Everidge, who oversees jail operations.

Everidge as well as second-in-command Capt. Beth Shafer and Lt. Brian Blanton, who oversees transport and other support services of the detention center, all have agreed to sit in the dunking booth for the fundraiser.

“We really think this is a good cause,” Everidge said. “We also want people to understand that law enforcement folks are not just people who put people in jail. We care about the community.”

Friends of Perry Animal Shelter, or FOPAS, also is expected to set up an informational booth, said Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Theresa Craig, who’s helping organize the event. The group had hoped for on-site pet adoptions, but the temperatures are expected to be too high for that, Craig said.

Craig got involved with the fundraiser “just to help families and to a put a good vibe out there for the sheriff’s office.”

Meanwhile, on the north end of Houston County, Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans also has agreed to sit in a dunking booth Saturday for worthy cause.

For $5 for three balls, participants can have a chance to dunk the chief. The fundraiser will benefit 13-year-old Megan McMullen of Perry, Florida, who is battling a liver tumor.

McMullen is the niece of Melissa Crum of Bonaire, who works at PunchFront Gymnastics & Cheer, which is using its open house as a fundraiser for the girl. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PunchFront, 2954 Moody Road, Warner Robins.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.