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3rd Annual Lasagna Cook-Off & Fundraiser for Gilmer County's Canines

3rd Annual Lasagna Cook-Off & Fundraiser for Gilmer County's Canines

Join us for a day filled with fantastic food, community spirit, and support for a paws-worthy cause at the 3rd Annual Lasagna Cook-Off & Fundraiser!

Date & Time: Saturday, April 6th, from 12 pm to 5 pmLocation: Buckley Vineyards, 708 Henry Evans Road, Ellijay, GA 30536

Get ready to sway to the rhythmic tunes of Connor Priest, who will be setting the vibe with live music throughout the event.

Meet our four local contestants, each vying for the coveted title of "Lasagna Cooking Champion":

  • Rolf Hensche, the entrepreneurial spirit and former owner of Emily's Restaurant & our reigning 2022 champ.

  • Jono Agurto, the big-hearted shelter volunteer and last year's first runner-up.

  • Brooks Wade, owner of Cartecay River Brewery and the 2023 champ, ready to defend his title.

  • Matt Mckay, the culinary wizard, an animal lover, and a repeat dog adopter who's sure to bring some serious competition.

For just $15 per plate, you can indulge in all four lasagna samples, complete with salad and bread. Vote for your favorite to help crown the winner by popular demand!

But that's not all—participate in our raffle for a chance to win splendid gifts like gift cards from local businesses, restaurants, breweries, and wineries. Dive into the excitement of our silent and live auctions featuring items like gift baskets, handmade décor, Braves tickets, a beach condo stay, and even a Blue Ridge Mountain cabin retreat!

Ellijay Paws in Need, a dedicated 501(c)(3) organization, ensures that 100% of the proceeds from this event will support the dogs at the Gilmer County Animal Shelter.

Can't make it? You can still contribute to the cause by making a tax-deductible donation through Venmo (@Ellijay-Paws), PayPal (Ellijay Paws in Need), or visit our website at

Let's come together to enjoy delectable lasagna and lend a helping hand to our four-legged friends in need. Your support can make a world of difference!


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