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Preparations under way for Nite in Olde Cumming

Luau fundraiser set for May 3

POSTED: April 22, 2013 12:27 a.m.

Sawnee Woman’s Club members are inviting the community to take a trip to the islands.

The civic club, which has been a part of the community since 1985, will hold its 28thAnnual Nite in Olde Cumming fundraiser beginning at 7 p.m. May 3 in The Warehouse on Post Road.

Dubbed “Big Island Luau,” this year’s event features a Hawaiian theme, said Adrienne Sipe, chairwoman of the organizing committee.

“We are going to have a restaurant cater the event, called the The Little Hawaiian out of Carrollton, Ga.,” she said. “They’re doing the kalua pig with the apple in the mouth and … lots of different Hawaiian food.”

Hula dancers will greet guests at the doors to give them leis and to perform various dances from the different Hawaiian Islands throughout the night.

“We’ll also be having a limbo contest and they’ll be teaching people how to do the hula and taking pictures with people, things like that.”

She said the evening will be topped off with a fire dance.

“It’s indoors, so it’s actually done with LED lights, but they do the same routine … and it’s a spectacular show,” Sipe said.

In addition, Nite in Olde Cumming will feature its annual live and silent auctions.

“This year we have a lot of big live auction items,” Sipe said. “People can bid to take a trip to the Grammys or the Emmys or go to the Masters, a Top Gun jet fighter experience, things like that, so we have some really good stuff.”

Among the silent auction items are several trips to destinations such as Asheville, N.C.; Key Largo, Fla.; New York City; and Monterrey, Calif.

Proceeds from the event, which costs $50 per person, go to the club’s various charitable outreach programs throughout the community.

Since its inception, the club has given back more than $420,000 and more than 900,000 hours to organizations that serve children and families.

Among the club’s efforts is Sacks of Love in local elementary schools, which has inspired dozens of churches, civic clubs and student groups to help end hunger in the county.

Feed the Hungry Forsyth, which “rescues” food that retailers and restaurants would otherwise discard and gives it to families in need, received a substantial donation from the club this year to buy a refrigerated truck to help in its efforts.

According to co-chairwoman Paula Glover, Nite in Olde Cumming gives the community a chance to celebrate the work the club has accomplished over the previous year while helping raise money for future efforts. It’s also the club’s only fundraiser each year.

“It’s important that we communicate exactly what we do so that our fellow citizens understand how critical their support is,” said Glover in a statement. “We’re not a social club, we’re here to work.”

But there will be plenty of socializing at Nite in Olde Cumming, Sipe assured. She encouraged anyone looking for a fun night out to come to the event, the dress code for which is casual “beach” attire.

“Obviously, it’s a great girls’ night out or date night, but you don’t have to know the people there to come and have fun,” she said. “There’s so much fun stuff going on that you won’t feel all alone or not part of something if somebody wanted to come for the first time or by themselves.”


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