Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce

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Important Hospital Program Brings Georgia Taxpayers Big Benefits
We're excited to announce our partnership with Georgia HEART in an effort to support rural hospitals throughout the state. We're working together to increase hospital funding while improving access to healthcare for thousands of Georgians.

So, where do Georgia taxpayers fall into the mix? Beginning January 1, 2017, Georgia taxpayers will have the opportunity to make a charitable donation to a qualified rural hospital of their choosing. Not only do contributors get to pick from a number of hospitals, but they are also in control of how their money will be spent. Once the donation has been made, taxpayers will receive a state income tax credit for 70 percent of the amount of the contribution. In addition, those who itemize their deductions will be able to take a charitable income tax deduction on their federal income tax returns.

Follow these five steps to help your local hospital and Georgians:
1) Complete the HEART Tax Credit Form in the Donate Section at
2) On the first business day of 2017, Georgia HEART will submit your pre-approval form to the Georgia Department of Revenue
3) Within 60 days of receiving your approval from the Georgia Department of Revenue, send your check made payable to your qualified hospital of choice and mail it to Georgia HEART at 3740 Davinci Court, Suite 375, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
4) Wait to receive a confirmation of your donation
5) Take the credit! Georgia HEART will send you a tax receipt for tax filing purposes
For more information on the Georgia HEART Hospital Program, visit

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Welcome our NEWEST Silver member!
The Harris House
605 S. Lee Street
Fitzgerald, GA  31750


Al & JoAnna Johnson - Owners

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The Women's Business Network luncheon was held
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Vickie Harsey, Owner/Editor of  My Georgia Hometown Magazine was the guest speaker.

The Chamber has Harmony Jubilee Bows for sale - $15.00 each.
They are beautiful!

Participating merchants in the Christmas Open House 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016 
Holley is out delivering Board of Director nomination ballots for the Chamber...Be aware, be very aware! she is serious about her job.

Casper Pecan Company is open!!! Started buying pecans this week. They are paying top prices for pecans. Pecan prices are higher this year, so bring your pecans on by. They will matc
h or beat ANY price offered by anyone, so why haul your pecans out of town when you can get the top prices in Fitzgerald?
They also are packaging their fresh shelled pecans right now. Their white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate pecans are ready. They have fresh roasted salted pecans, praline pecans, cinnamon pecans ready. Rocky Road pecans and Pecan peanut butter chocolate melt aways are ready. They have four pound freezer ready shelled pecans again this year. Stock up your freezer for the coming year while good pecans are available. Don't forget to pick up a couple of panda paws to snack on! Also, new this year is Pecan brittle! And last, but certainly not least, Nana has her homemade Pecan pies ready! She says you can buy one, two or twenty, doesn't matter to her, she will just bake some more!

Come on by, they are ready for all of your Pecan needs. And don't forget, they crack and shell pecans too!
Casper Pecan Company looks forward to seeing you! And thanks for your business!

Casper Pecan Company
172 Dewey McGlamry RD.
Fitzgerald, GA  31750

(229) 426-6163

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2016 participants and judges for the "Awe of the Bra" 
The Chamber enjoyed participating!
 Congratulations to the winners!

Third Thursday

Save the date!
November 17, 2016 ~ Rhonda & the Relics

Fitz-Ben Hill Arts Council Third Thursday is sponsored by Anna's Garden,
Colony Dental Care, & McIntyre Turf. The Third Thursday Series is also partially funded by The Georgia Department of Economic Development's Georgia Council
for the Arts Vibrant Communities grant.

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Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant
Thursday, NOVEMBER 17, 2016 
 Starting at 5:00 p.m. 
SO DON'T FORGET AT Rancho Grande -♡♡♡♡♡♡ 
they will have best mexican food in town and our best service to you all ♡♡♡

Located at 708 S. Grant Street 

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Each year the Wiregrass Foundation North honors supporters
of the college and the Foundation by hosting an annual meeting. 
The 31st annual meeting will be November 29 at the
Charles Harris Learning Center on the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus. 
Tickets are $50 per person, which includes prime rib meal and entertainment.
This year's entertainment is Singer and comedian Keenan Carter. 
He's performed worldwide as the featured entertainer on curise ships
and spent two years performing in New York including the
Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center.

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Fitzgerald Annual Christmas Parade
"The Ugly Christmas Sweater"
The annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the
Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce &
Colony Business Association, will be held
Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m.

Santa will arrive on the fire truck throwing tons of candy. Local businesses, churches, individual and civic organizations, are encouraged to participate and to build colorful floats.
The parade's theme is "The Ugly Christmas Sweater".
We are asking everyone who participates and attends the parade to wear their Ugliest Christmas Sweater.
The person selected as wearing the "Ugliest Christmas Sweater" will win a cash prize.
If you don't have an Ugly Christmas Sweater, check out 2nd hand stores to purchase a sweater you can add your own touch to by using Christmas decorations.
We will be judging the person who is wearing the
"Ugliest Christmas Sweater" after the Christmas Parade
in front of the Grand Theatre.
If you would like to participate in the "Ugliest Christmas Sweater" contest all you have to do is wear your sweater and bring a $5.00 toy or a canned food item.
The toys will be given to Toys for Tots and the canned goods will be given to the Christian Kitchen.
The change to the parade theme is one that we think
will be fun and bring a lot of smiles from everyone.
Every year we have a great parade with a lot of participation and this year we want 
onlookers to be part of the parade.
Give the Chamber a call for the application
(229) 423-9357.

"The Party Band of the South"
Friday, February 10, 2017

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