Pens on paper at "Believe with Me" fundraiser at Skogies Restaurant, GainesvilleA total of nearly $14,000 was raised at Skogies restaurant during Memorial Day for Believe With Me, an organization that helps America’s families of fallen soldiers.

Tony Jonovitch, owner of the restaurant, said more than 1,000 turned out for a buffet, silent auction, and entertainment.

“The support Believe With Me receives from Skogie’s on Lake Lanier is amazing!” said Lyette Reback, CEO of the organization. “We are truly grateful for Tony’s help! Over the last several years, the donations through their Memorial Day #LemonAID have amounted to more than $70,000!

The group helps Gold Star families with financial issues including transportation, housing, and more.

“The greater community of Lake Lanier has been instrumental in bringing hope and help to Gold Star Families through Tony and his passion for Believe With Me’s mission,” Reback said.