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Busy charity week highlighted by cancer Crusaders' Ball

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Shelley Mann at 770-963-9205 ext. 1305 or shelley.mann@gwinnettdailypost.com.

It's a busy week for fundraisers in Gwinnett. Possibly the most prominent event is this year's American Cancer Society Crusaders' Ball, scheduled for Saturday at Gwinnett Place Marriott.

The theme for the 31st annual black-tie-optional ball, typically a highlight of the fall social season, is "Moonlight Serenade," an elegant take on the '30s. The ball is a major source of funds for the American Cancer Society in Gwinnett.

The Crusaders' Ball was started in 1974 by Lawrenceville resident Marion Webb, a breast cancer survivor.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction. Dinner follows at 7:30 p.m. Festivities continue with dancing to the Victory Jazz Orchestra from 9 p.m. to midnight. Visit www.crusadersball.org for tickets, sponsorships or to view silent and live auction items. Call 770-814-0123 for more information.

Events will benefit cancer research

Two events this week will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer, a nonprofit group dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families.

Chateau Elan Winery and Resorts will hold its "Play to Win" charity tennis tournament, benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. The event is open to Ladies ALTA and USTA players. For more information on how to make a donation or sign up for the tournament, call Wendy Fox at the Chateau Elan Pro Shop at 678-425-6095 or event chairwoman Lisa Cauley at 678-428-4254.

The Designing Grandmothers Club of Snellville will host the third annual CURE Childhood Cancer charity dinner on Wednesday at the Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville. The gala event will feature a live auction, door prizes, entertainment from the Grin and Bear It band and a gourmet meal. The event is open to the public, and tickets are $25. Call 770-979-5526 or 770-972-3736 for reservations.

Relief projects

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Several local groups are still working to raise money for hurricane relief aid. Duluth First Methodist Church will hold a battle of the bands from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday to raise money for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The cost is $2 per person and any band can enter.

The Duluth-based Enhancing Health, Inc., is holding a "Great Day of Service" Saturday to help victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can give donations for any volunteer services rendered, and all money raised will go to Habitat for Humanity.

And a group of Atlanta dance enthusiasts have created Hurricane Katrina Dance Aid: Dancing to Make a Difference, a day of music and dance to benefit hurricane relief efforts. The group of zydeco, swing, salsa, contra and blues dancers will perform and also offer dance lessons. The event is scheduled for 1:30 to 11 p.m. Nov. 6 at Park Tavern at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.hkdanceaid.org.

Heart walk set

for Saturday

The American Heart Association's 2005 Atlanta Heart Walk will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. The walk begins at 10 a.m. The walk, presented by the Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital, raises money to fight the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers - cardiovascular disease and strokes. For more information, call 678-385-2000 or visit www.atlantaheartwalk.kintera.org.

Foundation will host Star Games

Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation will host Star Games from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the North Fulton Tennis Center in Atlanta. The festivities will include games featuring sports celebrities from the Thrashers, Braves, Hawks and Falcons, food, beverages, face painting and entertainment. Tickets are $10 and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Starlight Starbright, a group that serves eight pediatric hospitals in Georgia. For more information, call 404-982-0508.

Jewish center invites community for fundraiser

The Chabad Enrichment Center of Gwinnett County will host a fundraising event, "Mission Possible," at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Payne-Corley House, 2987 Main St. in Duluth. The event, an effort to help Jewish people in Gwinnett connect and meet each other, is open to the public and will raise money for the center. The Chabad Enrichment Center is trying to establish itself in the county by building a permanent facility - right now, they're renting a building.

The event will feature a buffet dinner and cocktails followed by auctions. The cost is $36, which includes $36 worth of auction tickets. For more information, call Rabbi Yossi Lerman at 678-595-0196 or visit www.chabadenrichment.org.