December 17, 2008
Hawthorne Gold Closes $500,000 Private Placement

 Hawthorne Gold Corp. ("Hawthorne" or the "Company") (TSX-V: HGC) announces it has closed a $500,000 non-brokered private placement (the "Offering"). The Offering consisted of 2,380,952 flow through common shares (the "FT Shares") priced at $0.21 per FT Share. The FT Shares were made available by way of private placement exemptions in the province of British Columbia.

Hawthorne paid a cash commission equal to 7% of the gross proceeds of certain FT Shares sold or $27,930, and issued 133,000 agent's warrants (the "Agent Warrants") to acquire that number of common shares of the Company (the "Shares") which is equal to 7% of the number of certain FT Shares sold under the Offering. Each Agent Warrant is exercisable at $0.30 per Share for a period of 12 months after closing.

Proceeds from the Offering will be used to fund the Company's 2009 field work on its projects in British Columbia. All securities issued in connection with the Offering are subject to a statutory hold period of four months plus one day from the date of completion of the Offering in accordance with applicable securities legislation.

About Hawthorne Gold Corp.

Hawthorne Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based gold exploration and development company with key properties located in British Columbia, Canada. Hawthorne is led by well-respected mining leaders Richard Barclay and Michael Beley. Hawthorne's goal is to become a junior gold producer by working towards production at Table Mountain in 2009 and continued resource development at the nearby Taurus deposit, as well as the Frasergold deposit in the Cariboo region of south central British Columbia.

For more information on Hawthorne, contact Todd Hanas toll free at 1-866-869-8072 or the Company at (604) 629-1505 or toll free at 1-888-629-1505, or you can visit Hawthorne's website at www.hawthornegold.com.


"Richard J. Barclay"

President & CEO

Certain information regarding the Company including management's assessment of future plans and operations, may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks associated with mining exploration and development, volatility of prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of resource estimates, environmental and permitting risks, access to labour and services, competition from other companies and ability to access sufficient capital. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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