Closeup view of Tony and Heather - owners of Skogies Restaurant with Lynette of

Founder and CEO of Believe With Me, Lyette Reback, is flanked by Skogie’s owners Tony and Heather Jonovitch during a previous fundraiser at the restaurant.

Skogies restaurant at Gainesville Marina has big plans for this Memorial Day – a fundraiser to help Gold Star families.

“At Skogies we recognize that our freedom comes with a high cost” says Tony Jonovitch, owner of Skogies. “What better way to celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend than with a fundraiser dedicated to helping our local families of fallen soldiers.”

The restaurant is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $20. And your first drink is free. There will be live music all day plus a live auction at 7 p.m.

Skogies is partnering with the nationally recognized non-profit organization Believe With Me, and their yearly #LemonAID project. All funds raised during this event (Skogies has set a goal of $50,000) will help purchase gifts for children of the fallen at Christmas and along with benevolence funds for Gold Star Families. Over the course of Memorial Day Weekend, hundreds of children in dozens of states will be hosting their own #LemonAID stands and helping raise funds to provide Christmas presents for 2,500 children of fallen military service members. Skogies is aiming to be #LemonAID’s biggest supporter this Memorial Day Weekend.

Skogies has several levels of sponsorship.

  • $250 Corporal: Mentioned in all social media/media/internet regarding the event!
  • $500 Sergeant: Mentioned all day at the live event.
  • $1,000 Major: Company logo on volunteer shirts.
  • $2,500 General: 4 passes to the Memorial Day LemonAID event, company banner at Skogies for the season.

More info about the charity for the fundraiser is available at

Skogies is also taking donations and accepting items for a silent auction. For questions about the event call 770 534-3231.