Quail hunting event to raise money for Memorial Hospital

Published 8:04 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bainbridge residents, celebrities and local fundraising will come together Nov. 20-22 for the first annual Quail Classic Event in Decatur County.

Over the course of three days at Southwind Plantation, locals will have a chance to hunt with celebs from around the country, enjoy fine dining and raise money for the Memorial Hospital and Manor.

Event organizers Bill and Tonya Bowles, who have organized similar events in the past, are excited to bring this opportunity to Decatur County residents, all for the benefit of the hospital. More events are planned for years to come, with other local charities receiving all proceeds.

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“This is a community based event,” Tim Bowles said. “It’s the first time in Bainbridge or Decatur County. The hospital will be the beneficiary from the net proceeds of the event. The fact that celebrities attend the event certainly helps us host it. There are people who want to hunt with the celebrities that attend.”

Twelve celebrities have been chosen for this year’s Quail Classic Event: Frank Stalone, James Partee, Steve Kanaly, Jeff Tredaway, Annie Lockhart, Chris Mohr,

Marty Fischer, Gannon Adams, Mark Herndon, Patrick Kilpatrick, Chris Breed and Leah Seawright.

VIP guests and celebrities will enjoy a quail shoot Friday afternoon, followed by a “Welcome to Bainbridge” social event with h’orderves and music from the band Relapse, Frank Stalone and country musician Gannon Adams.

Saturday will be an all-day quail hunt with the celebrities. The evening event will be a silent and live-auction, featuring art from Bainbridge native Jim Partee, who was commissioned to paint the Queen of England’s prized racehorse, Carlton House. A print of the painting will be up for auction, as well as a signed folio by the Queen herself.

“I am totally honored,” Partee said about having his art help raise money for Memorial Hospital.

Sunday will be another full day of hunting, followed by a relaxing evening at the Southwind Plantation lodge.

“We are extremely proud to bring this event to Bainbridge,” Bowles said. “(Southwind owner) Tim Smith has a lot of vision, is very driven and very motivated.”

Local businesses and business leaders have joined in support for the Quail Classic Event by sponsoring on different levels.

For more information about the event, including details on how to attend if you are not a VIP sponsor, visit quailclassicevent.org.