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First Night Event CANCELLED

As the newly hired executive director of North Ga. Interfaith Ministries, I feel it’s important that I give an update to our community regarding the First Night event. It is with a great amount of prayer and consideration that our executive committee has decided to cancel this year’s First Night event.  This event has historically contributed to our fundraising endeavors that support our transitional housing program – Jeremiah’s Place.  

With the incredible misfortune of COVID, we had no choice in the past couple of years but to cancel the event.  This year, due to staff changes and the energies taken in transition, our executive committee felt as though this initiative needs more assistance than we have been able to acquire in such a short amount of time.   

On behalf of myself and our board of directors, I want to personally thank everyone who has poured themselves into this event in the past.  We are incredibly grateful for the time, effort, energy, and vision you have offered in spite of bad weather and the past two challenging and unpredictable years of COVID.  I would also like to thank the many of you who donated in the past few years when COVID compromised our opportunity of fundraising through this event.  You have always stepped up and your generosity has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.  

We ask again for your prayers and support as we move forward in transitioning our fundraising endeavors. With that being said, we are very excited to announce a new event that we are adding to our calendar and hopefully to yours as well.  

We are excited to announce our 2023 inaugural fundraiser – a “Fall Festival of the Bands.” 

We have secured the entirety of Yahoola Creek Park and are already in the works with plans to host different genres of music throughout the day.  We look forward to offering food trucks, competitions, and other activities that will promise to entertain all ages and interests.  

We are over the moon and love the idea of hosting a fall event for our wonderful community and thousands of our friends and families, as well as the new friends and families we will meet in the process.  

So, instead of a cancellation, let’s consider this good news and a personal invitation for you to join us for the Fall Festival of the Bands to be held in Yahoola Creek Park in Autumn of 2023.  

We are excited to plan an event on the fields by the riverside in Yahoola Creek Park surrounded by beautiful fall leaves, among the smells, sights, and sounds that only the heart of Dahlonega offers in this, my favorite season of the year.  We hope to see you there!

Thanks again for your donations, prayers, and support of our endeavors to build programs and successes to overcome and eradicate homelessness in our community.  

We are incredibly grateful.

Kerri Johnson

Executive Director of North Ga. Interfaith Ministries 

Jeremiah’s Place – A Transitional Housing Program


Dec 31 2022


North Georgia Interfaith Ministries