Rhapsody in Rabun to feature four-legged auction item this year

  • Rhapsody in Rabun to feature four-legged auction item this year
    Rhapsody in Rabun to feature four-legged auction item this year
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CLAYTON—After 30 years, it can be a challenge for any annual fundraiser to come up with new ways to spark interest.

Rhapsody in Rabun President Rocky Ford is up the challenge.

This year, one of the most unique items ever offered for auction at Rhapsody--which has raised over $1.3 million for Rabun County non-profit groups--is the English Pointer puppy Ford has donated to be put up for bid Saturday night.

“The idea of giving a dog away for auction at Rhapsody was something that I came up with a little over a year ago,” Ford said. “I approached the Rhapsody board, and they thought it was a marvelous idea.”

Ford said he had originally wanted to have a puppy ready for last year’s Rhapsody, “but nature got in the way.”

“This year, the stars lined up just right,” Ford said.

Gibbs is one of five puppies, all named after characters in the television series CGIS, borne by the English Pointer Bear, the long-time companion of Ford and his wife, Kathy.

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