“A Taste of the Mountains” Returns March 14th

“A Taste of the Mountains,” is Tuesday, March 14th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the University of North Georgia Dining Hall, Dahlonega campus. The 19th annual “Taste” features over twenty Dawson and Lumpkin county restaurants. Samples from appetizers to desserts will be served by venues from fast food to fine dining.

“Taste” is the major fundraiser for Lumpkin County Family Connection (LCFC) and helps support the goals of preventing child abuse and neglect while helping all children in Lumpkin County succeed in school.

The event will likely sellout, so buy tickets soon. They are still just $15 for anyone over 12; $5 for ages 5-12 and children under the age of 5 eat free. Tickets are available at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, Jolie Day Spa, or at the LCFC office.

“Everybody from babies to older adults love ‘A Taste of the Mountains,’ says Brigette Barker, Executive Director of LCFC. “We keep the prices low so lots of people can attend. We have restaurants that return every year. We love having a few new restaurants in the mix. Last year was the first time we had an ice cream truck. It was a big hit and is coming back! I guarantee attendees will have fun and will leave full!”

Participating restaurants are: Applebee’s, Aramark, Beautilicious Cakes, Capers on the Square, Chili’s, Dumond’s, Firehouse Subs, Foothills Fellowship/St. Ives, Fudge Factory, Grapevines, Johnny’s Pizza, Kani House, LaHacienda, McDonald’s, North Georgia Treats, Papa’s Place, Smokin Gold BBQ, Spirits Tavern, Starbucks, The Corner Kitchen, UNG Catering, Wal-Mart bakery, deli, and produce departments and Yahoola Creek Grill. Others may be added.

Besides ticket sales, “Taste” generates funds through a silent auction and sponsorships. This year’s silent auction offers more items than ever and includes tickets to the Alliance theater, Andretti Indoor Karting and Games, High Museum, Disney World, Dollywood, Gibbs Gardens, Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Tennesse Aquarium – just to name a few; Plus there is a swing made by Lumpkin County High School shop class, numerous restaurant gift certificates, gift items donated by local merchants and an overnight stay at Chateau Elan. Additional auction items will continue to come in.

If you can’t attend and would still like to support Family Connection, sponsorships are available from $50 to $500; or donations of any amount are accepted and appreciated. For information regarding sponsorships or tickets, please call the Lumpkin County Family Connection office at 706-864-6189 x. 41126.


2nd Annual Dahlonega Turkey Trot 5K & Fun Run

We have exciting news – Lumpkin Family Connection will be the beneficiary of the Second Annual 5K Turkey Trot. It is hosted by Dahlonega Mountain Sports (on the square) Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 24, at 8:30 a.m. We encourage you to participate by walking, running, or just networking at the event.
Proceeds will support our Backpack Buddies, Mentor and Family Advocacy programs. All programs operating in Lumpkin County Schools that are focused on preventing child abuse and neglect and helping kids succeed in school.
Also, if you would like to be a sponsor for the event, please see the enclosed form with levels starting at just $250. Marketing opportunities for your business or organization are available at every level. Please complete the attached sponsor form and return it with your contribution by November 14, 2016 to benefit from all perks.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Turkey Trot! Please feel free to call me with any questions at 706- 864-8169 ext. 41125.

Brigette Barker
Lumpkin Family Connection Director


Easter Eggstravaganza!!!


Join us for an egg hunt, jumpy houses, a petting farm and egg decorating on Saturday March 26th! Thank you to Dahlonega Walmart, LCHS FFA, and the LC Sheriff’s Office for your support of this great event!

Kids First Award Nomination


Award Nomination

Kids First Award 2016



  • Nominee must have made a significant contribution in Lumpkin County to a child or children in the area of social services, education, or humanitarian services.
  • Nominee must have significantly contributed to children and or families’ opportunities to BE SAFE, TO LEARN, and TO GROW.
  • Nominee must be present at Kid First Awards Ceremony at LC Park and Recreation Building on April 14, 2016 at noon to be recognized.

The LC Family Connection Board will be responsible for reviewing and selecting the winners from submitted applications.


Access application here. 


Submissions must be received by March 30,2016  

Please return by email to: [email protected]

Please return by mail to:

LC Family Connection

Attn: Kids First Award Nomination

56 Indian Drive

Dahlonega, GA. 30533