Cancer society offers fashion show tickets, awards volunteers

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Tickets will go on sale Thursday for this year's American Cancer Society Hope Fashion Show. The 15th anniversary show, presented by the American Cancer Society's Gwinnett Auxiliary, will be held March 13 at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead.

Local shop Karen's Fine Apparel provides the fashions for the show, which is a major fundraiser for the society's breast cancer programs. The event will open with a silent auction at 10:30 a.m. followed by the fashion show and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $65 per person. Tickets for the event usually sell out quickly, so don't delay.

For more information, call 770-814-0123 or visit www.cancer.org.

In other society news, the Gwinnett County chapter of the American Cancer Society recently honored 29 local businesses and individuals for their support at its annual awards dinner at the 1818 Club in Duluth.

Volunteer Grace Cain was presented with the Martha Miller Adams award for her ongoing volunteer efforts. Becky Munteanu received both the Outstanding Relay for Life Volunteer and Outstanding Crusaders' Ball Volunteer awards. Susan Butera was presented with the Marion Allison Webb Award for her work with the annual cancer society ball and Gwinnett Relay for Life co-chairs Mary Root and Duane Downs received the Phylecia Wilson Relay for Life Award.

Hope Fashion Show volunteers recognized included Paula Young, Sandra Pritchett and Judith Brown. Gwinnett Women's Auxiliary awards went to Patti Williams, Sally Copeland and Kay Fitch. Others honored were: Alan Golden, Lori Landis, Missi Voltz, Joanie Parker, Pat Swan, Linda Halbman and Linda Williams.

Ten local businesses were awarded for their sponsorship. They included: Cox Enterprises for a $25,000 Crusaders' Ball contribution, Hayes Chrysler for a vehicle donation and Proof of the Pudding for providing a survivors' reception. Central Home Health Care, Rock Tenn, NAMAR, Mayer Electric, Primerica and Scientific-Atlanta were also honored.

Marathon fundraiser coming up

Get ready to dance! The UGA Dance Marathon, benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, will run Saturday through Jan. 29 in the Ramsey Center's Volleyball Arena. The non-alcoholic event kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs for 24 hours.

Activities will include concerts by local bands, games, dances and more. Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropy in the Southeast, and funds are raised through private donations, corporate sponsorships and preplanned fundraising events. Over the past 10 years, the event has raised more than $1.25 million, which has funded things like a new computer system, new vans for the Rehabilitation Services program and a new patient lift system.

Register online at www.ugadm.org.