Van Gogh’s and GATA’s stir up fundraiser

Photo by: Andy Morales

Lindsey McCormick

A day filled with pony rides and bouncy houses will evolve into an evening full of cowboy boots, alcohol and southern rock as two local restaurants come together for a good cause.

This Saturday from noon to late in the evening Van Gogh’s Brewery and GATA’s Sports Bar & Grille will offer an array of activities for community members at a fundraising event titled Giddy Up & Give. There will be a $2 donation charge at GATA’s front entrance before entering.

Giddy Up & Give is an event that supports a local organization, Stirrup Some Fun, which utilizes horses as a way of therapy for children suffering from cancer, Down syndrome and Spina Bifida.

“We hope to raise as much money as we can and spread awareness for such a great local organization that does so much for children with special needs.  They need our help and this is a great way to achieve that,” Greg Kearny, event coordinator, said.

During the day at Van Gogh’s there will be pony rides, an inflatable bouncy house and other kid-friendly activities as well as an area for a silent auction. Local Statesboro radio 102.9 will provide music for the day portion of the event.

At 6 p.m., the festivities migrate over to GATA’s for a more adult feel. The Deep Cuts Band from Savannah will kick off the evening, which will have an abundance of over 16 other local bands. These bands include the musical styling of “Tall Paul” Phillips, Corey Smith, Greg Kearny, Jake Hallman, Yankee Matt and others.

“I am a big advocate for the Stirrup Some Fun organization, and I was truly moved by what people where doing for these kids. I decided to team up with Kayla Perry and Greg Kearney to put this event together and show the community what a great cause the organization really is,” Paul Phillips, event performer, said.

Throughout the day, Van Gogh’s will have a number of gourmet pizza specials as well as drink specials. These drink specials will follow through over to GATA’s in the evening time.