Local Celebrity Rap Battle Raises Funds for Greenbriar Children's Center

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Greenbriar Children’s Center will hold its annual Celebrity wRAP-OFF contest beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn St. in the Macy’s Department Store court at the gift wrap area.  The Gift Wrap Center is manned by Greenbriar volunteers and will run throughout the month of December until Christmas Eve to raise much needed funds for this charity.

Local celebrities, politicians, and community leaders – including Alpha Media’s Claire Beverly, WSAV’s Kim Gusby, Rev. Clarence Williams and the Berean Association, Midway Mayor, Dr. Clemontine Washington, The Westin’s Director of PR and Communications David Moses, and others. Hunter MacLean, Exley and Dunn’s, Wade Herring – will join in Greenbriar’s Wrap Center festivities as the emcee this year. The celebrities and their supporters will dress-up in holiday costume and perform either a cover or an original rap song incorporating seasonal messages and reference to Greenbriar’s mission.  The wRAP-OFF contestants will be judged on their costume, rap, and the donations received during their segments and be invited to volunteer to help wrap gifts.

Prizes include a gift certificate to The Westin’s Aqua Star Restaurant, an Oglethorpe Mall gift certificate, jewelry from Kendra Scott Jewelry and more. The Wrap Center itself will open on Dec. 2 with a special ceremony at 3 p.m. and remain open until Dec. 24. All proceeds will go to Greenbriar.

The mission of Greenbriar is to promote the healthy development of children and the strengthening of families. Greenbriar provides services that include an emergency shelter, runaway/homeless support, residential care, independent living, family preservation, early childhood education and care, and Project Safe Place. Each year Greenbriar operates the Wrap Center and wRAP-OFF contest to raise funds to continue to support their mission.

“We are moving full-speed ahead preparing for this year’s wRAP-OFF and can’t wait to see the creative costumes and raps the participants come up with this time around,” Greenbriar Executive Director Gena Taylor said. “This is always such a fun way to get in the holiday spirit while supporting a local non-profit with the best and brightest people this community has to offer. We are grateful to all of our volunteers and we hope they have as much fun participating in the wRAP-OFF as we have watching!”