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Tick­ets for the Cov­ing­ton event are sig­nif­i­cantly dis­counted from be­tween $199 and $219 to $85. The cost in­cludes lunch and park­ing for the event is free. Richardson said two in­di­vid­u­als from At­lanta have al­ready signed up for the Cov­ing­ton event be­cause it is such a great deal.

Turner Lake also hosted a Leadercast screen­ing last year, when be­tween 50 and 75 at­tended, ac­cord­ing to Richardson.

“This year we’re hop­ing to fill up the room,” she said, “and we can seat 200 at Turner Lake Field.”

With cur­rent fundrais­ing ef­forts to­tal­ing ap­prox­i­mately $77,000, a full house would far ex­ceed the project’s construction doc­u­ment cost.

Richardson said Ge­or­gia Civil En­gi­neer­ing and Lose and As­so­ci­ates al­ready have been hired to do site work and construction of phase I of the project, which in­cludes the build­ing of a spe­cial rub­ber­ized base­ball field at City Pond Park that is de­signed for spe­cial needs ath­letes as well as a con­ces­sion/bath­room fa­cil­ity.

“But the construction doc­u­ments are what we re­ally need to have to go out and hit the ground run­ning when looking for ma­jor fun­ders,” Richardson said.

In ad­di­tion to seek­ing large cor­po­rate grants and do­na­tions, Richardson said the Recre­ation Depart­ment hopes to have the project placed on the 2011 SPLOST vote.

“That could be a huge shot in the arm,” Richardson said.

Richardson es­ti­mated the cost of phase I of the project at $750,000, whereas the com­pleted com­plex, which in­cludes more fields and a cov­ered pavil­ion, is es­ti­mated at $1.7 mil­lion to $1.9 mil­lion.

Cov­ing­ton Chick-filA own­ers Amy and Chris Giella have made Mir­a­cle Field their busi­ness’ pas­sion project. Amy is on the lo­cal Mir­a­cle Field mar­ket­ing and fundrais­ing com­mit­tee.

An­other up­com­ing fundraiser for the lo­cal Mir­a­cle League will be a golf tour­na­ment held on June 9. Char­ter Com­mu­ni­ca­tions hosts an an­nual golf tour­na­ment for dif­fer­ent non-prof­its and this year has cho­sen Mir­a­cle Field to ben­e­fit. Usu­ally held closer to At­lanta, the tour­na­ment will be held lo­cally this year at The Oaks Course on Crow­ell Road.

Richardson said the Char­ter tour­na­ment raised more than $50,000 for a chil­dren’s can­cer char­ity last year. She hopes the tour­na­ment will raise a sim­i­lar amount for Mir­a­cle Field this year.

The Oaks also is par­tic­i­pat­ing in an on­go­ing “pick-achip” fundraiser. Golfers pick poker chips that have been num­bered from 1 to 1,000. If some­one picks chip 307, he then do­nates $3.07 to the Mir­a­cle Field. Be­cause the chips only go to 1,000, no do­na­tions more than $10 are pos­si­ble in the fundraiser.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Mir­a­cle Field, call Ta­mara Richardson at (770) 786-4373 ext. 14. Tick­ets for the lo­cal show­ing of Leadercast may be pur­chased at Turner Lake Com­plex or on­line at www.chick-fil-alead­er­cast.com. To sign up as a spon­sor for the Char­ter Com­mu­ni­ca­tions an­nual char­ity golf tour­na­ment or reg­is­ter a team, call (770) 806-7062.

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