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Cars, music aim to help grannys cause
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Operation Save Our Granny
What: Fundraiser for Dorothy “Dot” Moon
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: 621 Lakeshore Drive, Gainesville
More info: 678-480-0551

An event named Operation Save Our Granny may sound comical, but the cause is serious and this fundraiser is one of the most important events for Dorothy “Dot” Moon.

The event this weekend will hopefully raise enough money for a kidney transplant for Moon, which she desperately needs this year.

“She actually only has one kidney,” said Rose Moon, Dot’s daughter-in-law. “She got cancer and it was removed, so she’s already had one surgery that removed the cancer and then she does need a transplant or she will die; there is no alternative.”

So, Eugene Moon, Dot’s son, and Rose planned a fundraiser for their mother. They are hoping to raise about $15,000.

“She’s the only mother I’ve got,” Eugene said. “The whole hope is that we raise enough money for her to get this operation and it also raises awareness for Emory’s Living Donor program.”

The fundraiser will be held at the Elks Lodge on Lakeshore Drive in Gainesville, and will have activities including a car and motorcycle show, crafts, children’s activities, food and a silent auction. Entry fee for the car and motorcycle show is $25.

There will be a $100 best-in-show prize for cars and motorcycles, and contemporary Christian band 4 & 20 will perform.

Two TV celebrities also will be on hand for the fundraiser: Brian Fuller and Lou Santiago. Fuller is featured on “Overhaulin,” “Bike Build Off” and is the host of “Two Guys Garage” on Speed Network. Santiago is the former host of “Muscle Car TV” and the host of “Garage Insider”