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VolleyFest adds golf tournament to raise money for breast cancer

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VolleyFest, the annual tennis fundraiser for breast cancer care and prevention, is back this year with a new golf tournament component, SwingFest.

This year's event benefits the Gwinnett Hospital Foundation's "Time Matters" breast cancer campaign and the Georgia Cancer Society's Bosom Buddies program, said event founder Sheila Stevens. Stevens founded VolleyFest in 2001, the year after her mother died of cancer, as a way to combine her love of tennis with her desire to raise money for cancer research. The grassroots tournament has grown from one neighborhood to seven, and has raised more than $440,000 for breast cancer prevention.

"If you ask anybody who participated that very first year, it's amazing how far we've grown," Stevens said. "We have so many women who help each year."

Everything kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday with the Pink Party at the Gwinnett Center. This opening night party will feature a "Let's Make a Deal"-style lottery contest for a Toyota Solara SLE Convertible, as well as music, wine and food samples from local restaurants.

The golf tournament will take place May 17. Tennis tournaments will be held May 16-17 at seven venues - TPC at Sugarloaf, Summit Chase, Laurel Springs, St. Marlo, St. Ives, The River Club and Hamilton Mill Country Club. A luncheon will wrap up the event on May 17. The tennis and golf tournaments are already full, but tickets to the Pink Party are still available; visit www.volleyfest.org.

Snellville teen

organizes charity gospel concert

Ryan Mercer, a 19-year-old Snellville resident, will host the 10th annual Ryan's Gospel Singing Jubilee on Friday at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Tucker. This year's program features Gold City Quartet and the Lambdins. Admission is free and an offering will be taken.

Mercer was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 6 months old, and he created this concert to raise money to help children and adults with

disabilities. The concert benefits CCFH Ministries, which helps enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Mercer, a South Gwinnett High School graduate, now attends Monarch School.

The event will start at 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at 2997 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker. For more information, call Willis Bennett at 770-979-2818 or 770-982-8191.

Golf tournament

to raise money for Rainbow Village

Rainbow Village Inc. will hold its 11th annual Charity Golf Classic on Monday at Laurel Springs Golf Club. Rainbow Village provides a transitional housing program to help families in domestic or economic crisis rebuild their lives.

Registration is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at noon. A social and dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $150 per player and includes a box lunch, dinner and refreshments. The classic is limited to the first 144 paid golfers registered. Laurel Springs is located at 6400 Golf Club Drive in Suwanee. Call 770-884-0064 or visit www.rainbowvillage.org.

Salon event

to benefit PADV

Jackie Yates Salon will hold a "Summer Fling" event Saturday to raise awareness and money for Partnership Against Domestic Violence. The group supports battered women and their children in metro Atlanta. The event will include carnival events, recording artist Rudy Vaughn, inflatables, a dunk tank, games, prizes and giveaways. Plus, if the salon raises more than $20,000, Yates has pledged to cut off all his hair, said salon spokeswoman June Smith.

Summer Fling will run from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Hamilton Creek Shoppes parking facilities, 2130 Hamilton Creek Parkway in Dacula. For more information, call 678-714-0421 or visit www.padv.org.

Lunch will benefit Piedmont Park restoration

The 10th annual Landmark Lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Piedmont Park. The lunch will benefit the Piedmont Park Conservancy, whose goal is to make the park "lush, safe, clean and green." This year's event will celebrate the completion of the active oval/ball fields restoration project by the Piedmont Park Conservancy. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information, call 404-875-PARK or visit www.piedmontpark.org.