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Rhapsody in Rabun Brings Home the Fun and the Funding

Since its founding in 1991, Rhapsody has delivered on its promise of a fun-filled evening, while, at the same time, raising substantial sums for its deserving recipients. Each year, Rhapsody chooses one local nonprofit to benefit from the gala. This year’s Rhapsody in Rabun “Taste of The Mountains” event will be held on Saturday, August 10th from 5 to 11 p.m. and will benefit Habitat for Humanity® of Rabun County, a critical organization which has been supporting Rabun County for 30 years and is currently building its 35th house.

Last year’s recipient, the Rabun County School Band Boosters, raised $50,000. Those funds bought new uniforms for the entire band along with some new instruments. According to booster club member Vanessa York, “We couldn’t have sold enough hamburgers and hotdogs to raise that amount of money. We are so grateful to Rhapsody and the community for the opportunity to have raised these funds.”

Her granddaughter, Mallory York, is a rising junior at Rabun County High School and will be the assistant drum major next year. Mrs. York said the students are ecstatic to have new uniforms this year and look up-to-date like their peers. “They are humble and grateful that people in our community are so giving,” she said.

Rhapsody in Rabun began in 1991 with a goal of “Serving One Charity at a Time in Rabun County.” According to President Rocky Ford, “All monies amassed from Rhapsody in Rabun stays in Rabun County for an identifiable cause. By attending our Gala, attendees can see the recipient and what their donations go towards and understand what great need there is in this County.”

Along with raising funds for deserving Rabun County nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity, Rhapsody attendees are promised a wonderful evening of fun. Among the highlights of the gala are the following:

  • Dance the night away to the delightful tunes of "Back in Time", a dance band returning for their third Rhapsody.

  • Taste and enjoy delicious food provided by top restaurants in the county. Sample fares from every restaurant or just have an entire meal from one.

  • Rhapsody has long been known for the size and quality of its auctions. The evening begins with the county’s most extensive and finest silent auction. Walk away with the perfect piece for your great room or a gift certificate from The Clayton Café, Fortify Pi or The Country Cupboard or an opportunity to zip line!

  • The highlight of the evening: The Live Auction. First introduced into local charitable events by Rhapsody in 2002, the Live Auction has become a part of Rhapsody that many consider a reason to attend, in addition to the food, of course. Some of the best auction items are held aside for the Live Auction and get well-earned attention with spirited bidding and friendly competition. Private dinners with local chefs, evenings spent with local celebrities, special events and places to stay, maybe a vacation spot are some of the adventures you might win in this lively auction.

  • After the Live Auction, Back in Time returns, and you can dance the night away. Figuratively, of course, since the gala ends at 11 p.m.

  • Along with all of the above, enjoy a cash bar that opens at 5 p.m.and closes at 11 p.m.

There is truly something for everyone at Rhapsody in Rabun. Bring your friends and make it an unforgettable night while supporting Habitat for Humanity in Rabun County.

Funds raised during the Rhapsody event allow Habitat to continue their mission to serve and support homeowners, organize volunteers, and coordinate home building for eligible families who are selected by Habitat’s Board each year. Since 1989 Habitat has partnered with a broad coalition of individuals, churches, and businesses to build 34 homes for deserving families. Work on Habitat’s 35th house began in March.

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