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Second year for Parkinson’s fundraiser

Last updated: July 09. 2014 10:16AM -
By CARLY TAMBORSKI ctamborski@civitasmedia.com



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Shake It, Bake It, Grill It — the annual fundraiser benefiting the Brian Grant Foundation and raising awareness for Parkinson’s Disease — will take place Saturday, Aug. 16 on the courthouse square in Georgetown.


“This will be our second year,” said Brian Grant’s mother, Dorella “GiGi” Grant. “This event is put on to help families in our local communities to learn more about Parkinson’s Disease and the programs that are available. Brian will be there.”


Brian Grant, a Georgetown High School and Xavier University graduate, played in the NBA for 12 seasons for the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, and Phoenix Suns. While in the NBA, he was heavily involved in charities — specifically for ill children and underprivileged youth — and founded the Brian Grant Foundation.


After retiring from the NBA, Grant was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2008.


“He began to research and quickly discovered there weren’t many reliable resources for those impacted by Parkinson’s,” said Mike Jennings, friend and one of the event coordinators.


Brian Grant decided to recreate his foundation, implementing a new focus and mission: to raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease, support research on the topic, educate patients and families about the disease, and provide a network for those affected by it.


“The Brian Grant Foundation also focuses on empowerment, proper nutrition and exercise to allow people with Parkinson’s to live a full, active lifestyle,” Jennings said.


The community will come together to raise awareness for the disease and mingle with the hometown star by participating in a series of events and activities, including a 5k run/fitness walk, three bike rides, a bake sale and grill off, several vendor sales, and an array of diverse entertainment for both adults and children.


The fundraiser will begin 7 a.m., when registration opens for the Metric Century Bike Ride, of which there are three options to ride: the 62-mile ride begins 8 a.m., the 42-mile ride begins 8:30 a.m., and the 25-mile ride begins 8:45 a.m. The rides begin and end at the courthouse square, and riders must be present 30 minutes before their scheduled ride time.


“The bike ride will begin at the courthouse square and travel through historic Georgetown, Russellville, Sardinia, and Ripley,” Dorella Grant said.


Registration for the morning 5K run/fitness walk, sponsored by Southwest Regional Medical Center, begins 8 a.m. The gun sounds at 9 a.m. for runners and 9:05 a.m. for walkers. Participants are encouraged to register in advance online at www.shakebakegrill.com.


Awards will be given to the top runners and walkers in each category.


Throughout the day, several local vendors and artisans will be set up around the square to sell antiques, art pieces, and handmade crafts, but the main events will be the bake sale and grill off.


“Anyone can participate in the bake sale by donating baked goods,” Dorella Grant said. “For the grill off, they can pre- register online at the website or the day of the event. The grill off is the only competitive event but it’s also about having a lot of fun for a great cause. We ask that the teams clean their spaces before leaving and abide by Ohio Health Department standards.”


During the grill off, sponsored by Outdoor Furniture Restorations, contestants can grill their choice of meat to their desired state and have it judged by a panel of judges, whose identities will be announced at a later date.


“Items will be judged in three different categories: pork, chicken, and beef,” Dorella Grant said. “We will use a five-point grading system based on taste, presentation, and creativity when judging.”


Registration for the grill off is $50 and one lucky winner will be awarded $500 for their culinary conquest.


For those who don’t wish to participate in the athletic or cooking events, the whole day will be packed with entertainment, sponsored by Bolce’s Pub and Reliable Transportation Solutions. Music will be streaming throughout the event, and games, face painting, a balloon animal artist, bouncy house, and more will be available around the square.


Food, drinks, and beer will be available for purchase, and event coordinators ask that you please leave pets at home.


For more information, visit www.shakebakegrill.com or www.briangrant.org.


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