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Nite in Olde Cumming nears

Popular event supports Woman's Club programs

POSTED: March 16, 2014 12:01 a.m.
 

CUMMING -- The Sawnee Woman’s Club will present its 29th annual fundraiser next weekend.

Nite in Olde Cumming is set for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Three Chimneys Farm community clubhouse, 3625 Three Chimneys Lane, in south Forsyth.

Tickets to the event are $50 each and can be purchased from any Woman’s Club member or online at www.sawneewomansclub.org.

Amelia Stockton, club publicity chairwoman and second vice president, said Nite in Olde Cumming is the nonprofit organization’s sole fundraiser.

“How much money we spend for all our different charitable causes throughout the year will be determined by this fundraiser, so it’s very important,” she said.

The event has been held every year since the club was founded in 1985. With a focus on helping women and children, members work on a wide range of community service projects throughout the year.

Stockton said some of their recent efforts include collecting nearly 450 books for Chestatee Elementary’s media center, holding an annual art contest for local school students and maintaining a food pantry at Forsyth Central High for families throughout the county.

Other projects have included making jewelry for cancer patients, providing self-defense classes for women, Internet safety programs for parents and children, and participating in local and international Christmas gift drives.

In addition, the organization always provides scholarships for Forsyth County students and works with local senior organizations.

“We are a very busy group,” Stockton said. “There are always plenty of different outreach activities to keep everyone very involved through our six areas of focus — arts, conservation, education, home life, international and public affairs.”

Over the years, the club has given back close to half a million dollars and nearly 1 million hours of service to various charitable causes. Nite in Olde Cumming will help determine how much more funding will be added to that total.

Stockton said besides being important for the club, the event always provides plenty of fun for members and the community alike.

“For your $50 ticket, you really get a lot,” she said. “We’ll have a delicious dinner catered by Chef Kern’s, great live music from Band X, casino tables and our silent auction.”

Stockton said among the silent auction items are sports memorabilia, gift certificates to local businesses, furniture, jewelry and a number of trips.

“It’s just about anything you could possibly want,” said Stockton, adding that anyone looking for something to do Saturday should plan to attend.

“It’s always a really fun night. And you can feel good about where your money is going.”

 

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