5th Annual Paint The Town Blue Gala Returns to Americus

AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) – The Town of Americus is preparing to paint the town blue.

After being canceled due to COVID-19, the annual gala honoring law enforcement and their families returns for its fifth year.

Sumter County Sheriff Eric Bryant said there will be solemn tributes, performances and special presentations designed to bring the community together.

“There are going to be tears, there are going to be laughs, there are going to be smiles,” Bryant said.

The foundation and event was created to honor the lives of officers Jody Smith and Nick Smarr who were killed in the line of duty in 2016.

Individual tickets and tables are available for purchase.

Faith Pinnell is president of the Smarr and Smith Foundation. She tells me year after year, this event has allowed them to continue to show their appreciation for the men and women who serve and have served.

“We donated over $41,000 in grants and needs to these departments and we also started scholarships, so we donated $7,000 in scholarships to train future officers through South Georgia Tech and we are working on endowment a scholarship to Georgia Southwestern. .”

The gala will take place Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Georgia Southwestern Storm Dome. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

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