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Rinehart fundraiser hits raffle snag

8:24 PM, Aug 31, 2012   |    comments
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Hannah and Mark Rinehart

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A major fundraiser at the opening football game at South Gwinnett High School for Hannah Rinehart came close to being stopped in its tracks.

The plan was to sell a $5 raffle and t-shirts to as many as 2,000 spectators to help offset medical and home expenses for Hannah Rinehart.

She is fighting a rare bacterial infection from dog saliva that has already forced the amputation of both of her hands and feet.

But the raffle ran into trouble when South Gwinnett High School learned supporters did not have a license to sell it.

"We had verbal and written commitments allowing us to do this and then all of a sudden yesterday the foundation of this whole thing got blown up and we realized that we were going to have to produce the additional documentation to have the raffle," said David Johnson, Hannah's brother.

It didn't take long for Johnson to get help.

"The sheriff picked up the phone and gave us a call and asked what he needed to do to make this happen, and the sheriff was our savior tonight. It took him 30 minutes," Johnson added.

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway called his wife, Judge Carla Brown, and through her non-profit organization, Rinehart supports got their raffle license.

"We want Hannah and Mark (Rinehart) to feel the love and to know that their community gives back. They have given so much of their lives to the community.-Mark is a school teacher and Hannah worked in the Hospital, and Mark is also a Georgia National Guard Soldier. It's time for us to help them," said Beth Waters, the Fund Raising Coordinator.

At the stadium, it will be a lot more than just football as the community shows its support.

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