Event will raise money for new Jewish center in Gwinnett

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The Chabad Enrichment Center of Gwinnett, a local Jewish group, raised enough money to purchase land for a permanent home during its Mission Possible fundraiser last year. Now, the group has organized another Mission Possible event to raise the money needed to start construction on the center.

A recent study from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta found there are more Jewish people living in Gwinnett - 13,000 - than previously thought, said Rabbi Yossi Lerman. Right now, the county has just one synagogue.

"That simply means that people are thirsty and we need to provide them with a type of environment where they feel safe and comfortable, to bring their families and experience their identity and their Jewishness," said Lerman.

The second annual fundraiser is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Payne-Corley House in Duluth. This year's goal is to raise $25,000 toward Chabad's $500,000 building campaign, Lerman said. Last year's Mission Possible event raised $15,000.

The event will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, as well as a live auction. Items up for auction include a 32-inch Sony Plasma TV, a two-night stay at Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, Ga., Broadway show tickets, two domestic round-trip tickets from AirTran and more.

Tickets for Mission Possible are $36 per person. The fundraising event starts at 6 p.m., and a program and auction drawing begin at 7:30 p.m. The Payne-Corley House is located at 2987 Main St. in Duluth. For more information, visit www.chabadenrichment.org or call Lerman at 678-595-0196.

Golf tournament raises $30K

for Habitat

Richardson Housing Group's Nail it for Habitat golf

tournament, held last month at Bear's Best golf course in Suwanee, raised more than $30,000 for Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity. About 150 golfers participated in the fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, which helps build homes for hard-working, low-income families. For more information, call 770-931-8080 or visit www.habitatgwinnett.org.

Motorcycle ride raises $200K for March of Dimes

More than 1,000 bikers helped raise $200,000 for the March of Dimes Georgia Chapter during this year's March of Dimes Ride to Save Babies Weekend. This year marked the 15th anniversary of the motorcycle ride event, which has raised more than $4 million since it started. Money raised at this year's event will benefit the March of Dimes' prematurity campaign in Georgia. For more information, call 404-350-9800 or visit www.marchofdimes.com/georgia.

Foundation donates $50K to Gwinnett Tech

The Wachovia Foundation recently donated $50,000 to Gwinnett Technical College to support the college's D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center. The donation will help fund a private pre-kindergarten classroom at the center.

The Hudgens Early Education Center has received financial and in-kind donations from more than 80 area business, corporations and private citizens.

The Wachovia Foundation is a private foundation funded annually by Wachovia Corporation. It provides grants to groups focusing on education, community development, health and human services and arts and culture. For more information, visit www.wachovia.com or www.gwinnetttech.edu.

Upcoming metro area fundraisers

•The Fun Walk for A Cure, a benefit for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Drake Field in Peachtree City. All money raised will go toward pulmonary hypertension research and to help patients with the disease. Call Josh Huckaby at 770-982-8202.

•The 2005 Lung Cancer Awareness Run & Walk, sponsored by Saint Joseph's Hospital and the Lung Cancer Caring Ambassadors Program, will be held Saturday at Perimeter Place, across from Perimeter Mall. A 5K Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and the one-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.lungcancercap.org or call 404-577-4212.

•Camp Twin Lakes, a year-round camp for children with special needs and serious illnesses, will hold "Spin for Kids," a fundraising bike ride, on Nov. 12. The ride will begin and end at the camp, located in Rutledge. The event will include rides at various skill levels, including a Family Fun Ride and a 100-mile ride through rural Morgan County. To register, visit www.spinforkids.org or call 404-231-9887.