Donated cans stack up to an artful fundraiser

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A downtown fundraiser running through next week should be a great place to enjoy some quirky, hand-made public art.

Atlanta architects, engineers, contractors and designers will join together for CanStruction, a charity art event that will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Nov. 18 at Colony Square in Midtown, you can view larger-than-life sculptures, made entirely of thousands of canned goods, of everything from castles to cartoon characters.

Winners will be announced during a gala celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Following a weeklong showcase, all the canned food will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. For more information, call 678-553-6010 or visit www.canstruction.org.

Auction to help autistic children

A Serengeti Safari silent and live auction Saturday will raise money to help children with autism get assistance for needed intensive therapies and biomedical treatments. The Tristan R. Bramblett Autism Foundation, founded by the family of Bramblett, a 5-year-old with autism, offers a scholarship program to help other children pay for the costs of treatment, which can sometimes run upwards of $65,000.

You may remember little Tristan - his artwork is featured in a line of greeting cards and T-shirts, called Blue Elephant Creations, featured last year in the Daily Post.

The event will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shadowbrook Church on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. Tickets are $5 each. If you have auction items available for donation, call Ellen McIlwain at 770-963-9622. For more information, visit www.blueelephantcreations.com.

Rotary club asking for hearing aids

The Duluth Rotary Club is asking for donations of old hearing aids or money as part of its Hearts for Hearing program. The program helps fit hearing aids for children from the Dominican Republic, and it's fitted more than 1,300 people for hearing aids valued at more than $650,000. Behind-the-ear types of hearing aids that are still functioning can often be put to use immediately. A hearing aid for one child costs about $150. If you or your club would like to make a financial contribution, send a check made out to the Duluth Rotary Club with "Hearts for Hearing" indicated in the subject line to Audiology Associates of Georgia, 4145 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite 10A, Lilburn, GA 30047.

Date announced for PADV gala

Save the date: Partnership Against Domestic Violence has announced the date for its 18th annual gala - Feb. 11. This year's black-tie event, "Hearts With Home," is scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. The gala benefits support shelter programs and services for battered women and their children. For more information, call 404-870-9600 or visit www.padv.org.

Events announce charitable donations

Wine South recently announced which charities benefited from this year's wine festival: Angel Flight, Atlanta Institute of Wine and Food and the Hudgens Center all benefited from the $30,000 raised by the more than 5,000 people who attended Sept. 17 and 18.

Ray's Restaurants recently donated $11,600 raised at the restaurant's first annual charity golf classic to the Foundation for Medically Fragile Children. The classic was held in late August at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. The Foundation for Medically Fragile Children has worked for 15 years to provide funding for critical rehabilitation equipment and services that are not covered by private insurance or Medicaid.

Run will raise awareness for

lung cancer

The inaugural Lung Cancer Awareness Run & Walk, sponsored by Saint Joseph's Hospital and the Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program, will take place Saturday at the Concourse Corporate Center in Atlanta. The event is meant to provide support for survivors of lung cancer, education on risk factors, prevention and early detection, and advocacy for research. A 5K fun run will start at 9 a.m. and the one-mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m. You can register online at www.active.com. For more information, visit www.lungcancercap.org or call 404-577-4212.

Center holds dessert fundraiser

Mary & Martha's Place, an Atlanta spiritual community center, will hold its annual dessert party fundraiser, "Women, Chocolate & The Arts," from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Presbyterian Church at the corner of Howell Mill and Moores Mill roads in Atlanta. The keynote speaker will be Margaret Edson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Wit." A requested minimum donation is $25. For more information, visit www.maryandmarthasplace.com.