Tents are set up and ready for the Mayor's Masters Reception. (April 4, 2011 / WRDW-TV)
News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, April 4, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga.---More than 10,000 people are expected for the annual Mayor's Master's Reception. News 12 got a behind the scenes look at the event.
"It is that time," said Wayne Hawkins who is chairman of the reception. "We are expecting a big crowd tonight."
"It is something that I look forward to personally every year," said Augusta mayor Deke Copenhaver.
The mayor will present the key to the city to Augusta native Larry Mize.
"[There is also ] the food," said Copenhaver. "You can come out and feed your whole family for a one dollar donation. That is not a bad deal."
We found the staff at Sillas Cafe preparing 100 pounds of chicken.
Sillas is one of 48 different restaurants at this year's event.
Chic-fil-a is also on board. They brought more than just food.
"Absolutely," said Jenny Jackson with the restaurant. "Coupons...cows...all kinds of stuff. We are going to have a really great time."
The event comes at a cost of $20,000.
"It is all paid for by local sponsors," said Hawkins. "There is no city money in here at all."
"It raises money to go to local charities," noted Copenhaver. "During this economy that dollar goes a long way."
"We have been very fortunate," said Hawkins. "We have had an outdoor event for 13 years and haven't had a rain out yet. So keep your fingers crossed."
"Not everybody gets to go to the tournament," said Copenhaver. "For a dollar you can come out on Monday night..it is very family friendly...and really feel like you are part of the whole week."
The event was held at the Augusta Common.