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Treutlen House to hold Family Fun Day
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Although the Treutlen House at New Ebenezer has been part of the Effingham County community for a dozen years, director Bonnie Tootle is aware that many people know little or nothing about it.

With that in mind, the community is invited to Treutlen House’s first Fall Family Fun Day on Saturday from 2-7 p.m. on the grounds of Treutlen House at 131 Old Augusta Rd. in Rincon.

The day will include a silent auction, raffle, live music, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities and a corn hole tournament. All proceeds will benefit Treutlen House at New Ebenezer, a group home for boys in the foster-care system.

“Along with being a fundraiser, we want to raise awareness of the ministry we provide here at Treutlen House,” Tootle said. “We want families to come out and spend time with the Treutlen House family, see our facility and increase community involvement.”

Live entertainment will go on throughout the day. Performers from the Coastal Performing Arts Academy will take the stage at 2:30 p.m., followed by singers Byron Hatcher at 4 and Thomas Claxton at 5:30.

For a $5 contribution to Treutlen House, children can enjoy a number of activities including a hay ride, petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting and crafts.

Also for $5, two-person teams can compete in a corn hole tournament. Funds also will be raised through food sales by Simply Southern.

A number of Family Fun Day attendees will take something home, from either the silent auction or the raffle. The larger raffle prizes include a two-night stay at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, one night at the Bohemian Hotel in Savannah and a round of golf for four players at Crosswinds Golf Club.

“We hope this will become an annual event and grow bigger each year,” Tootle said.

Treutlen House has the capacity for 12 boys and is currently housing eight. Donations are always appreciated for basic needs such as clothes and school supplies.

With the weather turning cooler, “we just had to buy jackets,” said Treutlen House assistant director Kristen Wert.

Parking will be available at New Ebenezer Retreat Center. Festival goers can then walk the wooded path or take the hay ride to the Family Fun Day area.

For more information about Treutlen House, visit