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Eat your way around the county Saturday at Taste of the Town

Saturday’s Taste of the Town is not just an exercise in sampling tasty servings of Grady County vittles it is also an opportunity to support the local hospital lab. Money raised at the second annual event, which benefits Grady General Support League, will be used to buy a high powered microscope for the lab at Grady General Hospital.
Taste of the Town will take place Saturday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Grady Cultural Center, 101 First Street NW.
Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased ahead of time at several outlets including the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce; Grady General Hospital; Cairo Eye Care; Center Drugs; Kingfish Korners; Capital City Bank; Ameris Bank; United National Bank; or from any member of the Grady General Support League board of directors.
Delivering memorable morsels at the event will be both traditional restaurants and commercial ventures along with at-home chefs who will showcase their favorite recipes.
Those serving up the food will include: Catering by GRITS (Linda Reagan); Connie and Alan Saul; B&B Farms and Grady General Hospital; Vincent Hubbard; Miley Johnson of 2nd Chance Animal Shelter; Cristina Brown; Charles Renaud; Katy Meissner; Takara McCrae; Larry Harden; Lisa and Ken LeGette; YoYo and Paul Davis; Mark Bradley; Natholyn Lee; Teresa Jones; Gilliard’s Sausage; Beth Skaja/Grady General Hospital’s 5th Street Cafe’; Teresa Pearce of Aunt Shirley’s Brittle; Drew Pyrz of Center Drugs; Louise and Bob Anderson; Stacy Munford; Jose’s; Mr. Chick; and Maryland Fried Chicken.
Sponsors of the evening are: Dr. Lumis and Mrs. Helen Brown; Citizens Bank; Gainous Well Drilling; Dr. Thomas Leggett Jr., DMD; B&B Farms; Cairo Physical Therapy; Grady General Hospital; Drs. Mya and Alex Greenberg; Cairo Animal Hospital; Ann and Tommy Hopkins; Tenewitz Farms; Triple L Timber; Cairo Medical Care; Jones Farm; Todd Butler P.C.; Carol and Tom Lehman; A&R Metals; Graco Fertilizer; Cox Pharmacy; Cairo Eye Care; Capital City Bank; Ameris Bank; United National Bank; South Georgia Tractor; Pam Forrester; Joshua C. Bell LLC; and Richard VanLandingham.
Donors to the evening include Harvey’s; Carolyn and Shirley Brown; Thomas University Jazz Ensemble; Lions Club of Calvary; June Knight/The Wine Rack; Designs by Craig; Pepsi/Steve Reagan; IGA; Walgreens; Drew Pyrz/Center Drugs; The Cairo Messenger; Jeff Lovett/WGRA-AM; Magnolia Place; Weston Funeral Home; Charles Renaud; Bond’s; and Cairo High School.
The evening is hosted by Grady General Support League, a volunteer organization that supports the local hospital to improve the quality of care it is able to provide.
Money raised at this event will go to buy a Nikon CI LED Ergonomic Microscope, which costs $5,800. Once in use, it could be used to count peripheral blood smears that would help technicians differentiate between neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, basophils and eosinophils. The microscope could also help determine if a patient has anemia or vitamin deficiencies, and could show platelets so health workers could determine their number and size.

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