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Sawnee Womans Club throws celebration
Popular event Friday at conference center
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: Sawnee Woman’s Club Nite in Olde Cumming

* When: 7 p.m. Friday

* Where: Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 7745 Majors Road

*Cost: $45 per ticket

* For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.SawneeWomansClub.org.

Members of the Sawnee Woman’s Club are ready for a fiesta.

The club will hold its annual fundraiser, Nite in Olde Cumming, at 7 p.m. Friday in the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

Paula Glover, co-chair of the event committee, said the fundraiser is in its 27thyear.

“It’s one of the longest running events in Forsyth County,” she said, noting this year’s theme is Cinco Celebration.

Glover said the fundraiser, which will benefit all of the club’s community service projects during the 2012-13 year, will kick off at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring a mariachi band.

“At 8 p.m. we’ll begin dinner with modern Mexican cuisine from Cinco’s and music from GLOW, one of Atlanta’s most popular party bands,” she said.

Beth Daffin, president of the club, said the event will also feature silent and live auctions.

“This will be the first time in a few years that we’ve had a live auction,” she said. “You have to have big-ticket items for a live auction and this year we certainly do.”

Glover said those items include weeklong excursions to Italy, Costa Rica and an African safari.

“One of our members went on the African safari last year, so she’ll stand up and tell everyone a little bit about that trip,” Glover said. “She got some amazing photos of giraffes and other animals that we’ll probably also share.”

The silent auction will run from 7 to 10 p.m., Glover said, with items including gift certificates, sports memorabilia and airfare.

Glover said she enjoys Nite in Olde Cumming because it gives club members the chance to “work and throw a party.”

“It’s a great night to celebrate everything the club has done in the previous year and look forward to the next year,” she said.

Daffin said the evening should be “fun and festive.”

“It’ll be a great night,” she said. “We’re excited about the band, all the good food, and it’s casual so it should be lots of fun for everybody.”

Tickets to the event are $45, with all proceeds benefitting community service projects by the club, which has been in Forsyth County since 1985.

While they can be bought at the door, Glover asked that anyone attending purchase advance tickets on the organization’s Web site, www.SawneeWomansClub.org.

“We want to be able to have an accurate count,” she said.

Daffin said some of the club’s current projects include Sacks of Love, in which members fill backpacks with food so needy children have weekend meals, and a countywide art contest for elementary students.

The club also supports organizations such as Court Appointed Special Advocates, Special Olympics, Keep Forsyth County Beautiful and Heifer International, which provides sustainable livestock to families in poverty.

In addition, it sponsors scholarship programs and the Eggstraordinary Outdoor Art Project, which places giant, hand-painted eggs around the county to raise awareness of club activities while beautifying the community with public art.

Since it began, Sawnee Woman’s Club members have given more than $420,000 and 900,000 service hours to charities supporting women and children.