Maybe you like the old-school hip hop or something a little more contemporary and popular. Maybe you just like to have fun for a good cause. Either way, you won’t want to miss the annual wRap-Off fundraiser hosted by Greenbriar Children’s Center on Dec. 17 at Oglethorpe Mall in Macy’s court.
That’s where Greenbriar’s gift wrap center is located, and the center will run until Christmas Eve to raise much-needed funds so this nonprofit organization can help grant holiday wishes to the children and families they serve in our community.
According to Greenbriar executive director Gena Taylor, this is the third year for the wRap-Off.
“We wanted to bring a little more activity and fun to the gift wrap center … so we came up with this idea,” Taylor says. “We recruited local celebrities, who came out and did their version of rap with seasonal lyrics as well as bringing in some words about Greenbriar and its mission.”
Taylor explains that each contestant will be judged on performance, costume and the amount of donations raised during the 15-minute segment.
She says this year’s contestants range from youths to senior citizens and include local celebrities, politicians and community leaders, including Alpha Media’s Claire Beverly, 100 Black Men’s Zeke Zimmerman, Midway Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington, The Westin’s director of PR and communications David Moses and more. The emcee for the event is Hunter MacLean’s Wade Herring.
Prizes include a gift certificate to The Westin’s Aqua Star Restaurant, an Oglethorpe Mall gift certificate and more. Taylor adds that if you feel you have what it takes to compete, feel free to sign up to participate.
“The more the merrier,” she says.
And while the wRap-Off promises to be a fun time, it’s important to note the enormity of the mission of Greenbriar: to promote the healthy development of children and the strengthening of families.
Taylor explains that Greenbriar provides services that include an emergency shelter, runaway/homeless support, residential care, independent living, family preservation, early childhood education and care and Project Safe Place. The center offers services to children and young adults from ages 12-24 and serves as an emergency shelter for children removed from their homes or who are homeless, and Taylor says Greenbriar is devoted to the care of children and youth who have had trauma in their lives.
IF YOU GO
What: Greenbriar Children’s Center’s annual wRap-Off
When: 2 p.m. Dec. 17
Where: Oglethorpe Mall, Macy’s Court, 7804 Abercorn St.
Cost: Donations accepted
Info: greenbriarchildrenscenter.org, 921-234-3431