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Local law agencies ride for the Princes

Fundraiser to offer aid to family of boating accident victims

POSTED: August 9, 2012 12:30 a.m.

The recent tragedy on Lake Lanier will bring together four counties this weekend.

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Hall, Lumpkin, and Forsyth sheriff’s offices, will host the Griffin and Jake Prince Memorial Ride and Classic Car Cruise-In on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Thirteen-year-old Griffin Prince and his 9-year-old brother Jake were killed in a boating accident June 18 on Lake Lanier.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Griffin and Jake Prince Memorial Fund to help the family with funeral costs, according to event organizer Doug Boyle, a lieutenant with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

“After reading ( about it) in the news, I just felt so bad for this family and I really wanted to reach out and do something to help them,” Boyle said. “So what better way to help them than by taking my passion of riding my Harley and raising some money to help them offset the funeral costs for the boys?”

The ride is a 70-mile police-escorted ride around Lake Lanier, starting at the Lumpkin County Courthouse, located at 325 Riley Road in Dahlonega.

The route will travel into Gainesville over the Buford Dam, into Cumming and end in Dawsonville at the City Hall/Racing Hall of Fame Museum at 415 Ga. 53 East.

“There has been a huge response to this event from many people and with the weather expected to be nice Saturday, I do believe this will be a great event with a huge turnout,” Boyle said.

Boyle got the idea after doing a similar fundraiser for the annual Dawson County “Shop with a Cop” event.

“It’s really all about giving back to your community,” he said.

Registration for the event is 9-11 a.m. and cost $40 per bike. The ride will leave at 11:15 a.m. following a pre-ride safety briefing and prayer.

There will be vendors set up at the end location, along with a kids’ jump house, face painting and food from The World Famous Pool Room.

The Brian Jarrett Band will take the stage at 1 p.m. to provide for entertainment during the Classic Car Cruise-In. The cost for the Cruise-In is a $20 minimum donation.

Boyle encourages everyone to come out and show support to the Prince family.

“If you are out and about and the ride passes by you, let us know your support and wave at the procession,” he said.

Parking for the end location in Dawsonville will be at the Dawson County Middle School. A rain date is set for Sept. 1.

For more information, contact Boyle at 770-324-1015 or boyle@dawsoncountysheriff.org.


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