'West Side Story' spoof will raise money for American Cancer


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The Gwinnett Realtor Players, a theater group associated with the Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of Realtors, will present a benefit performance Saturday to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The group will perform the musical comedy "West Side of Gwinnett Story" at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

The play takes place in Norcross and features a healthy competition between Jet Set Realty and Shark Realty. The Gwinnett Realtor Players have been producing shows since 1981, and have raised more than $150,000 for area charities including Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, The Women's Shelter and The Quinn House. The group also awards an annual scholarship.

A silent auction starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Money raised this year will go toward breast cancer research with the American Cancer Society. For tickets, call NAMAR at 770-495-7300 or visit www.namar.org.

Tournament raises $16K for LifeLink

of Georgia

The sixth annual Steve Eggert Memorial Golf Tournament raised more than $16,000 for LifeLink of Georgia, a nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization. The group serves patients who need transplant therapy.

The annual golf tournament is held in honor and memory of Eggert, whose family followed his wishes to become an organ donor. Eggert's kidneys, liver, pancreas and heart saved the lives of four people.

More than 92,000 people in the United States are waiting for organ transplants, including more than 1,800 in Georgia. For more information about LifeLink, call 800-544-6667 or visit www.lifelinkfound.org.

Hi Life's annual tourney will help Special Olympics

Hi Life Kitchen & Cocktails will team with Special Olympics Georgia for the eighth annual Golf Classic on Sept. 27. The tournament will be held at St. Marlo Country Club in Duluth and an after-tournament party will be hosted at Hi Life, 3380 Holcomb Bridge Road in Norcross.

This year, Hi Life hopes to raise $50,000 for Special Olympics Georgia, a nonprofit group that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

To make reservations to play in the tournament, call Steve Thomas at Hi Life at 770-409-0101. Sponsorships are also available.

Tennis program for kids with special needs starts

Peachtree Corners Junior Civitan Club recently announced the upcoming season of Civi-Tennis, an instructional tennis program for children with special needs.

Civitan volunteers provide one hour of personal instruction each week in October, and coaching is individualized to each player's ability. No experience is necessary, and the program cost is $30 per child. In the past, money raised through the program has been used to provide snacks for campers at Camp Big Heart.

The Civi-Tennis program runs from 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 8-29 at Jones Bridge Swim & Racquet Club, 4403 Whitecap Lane in Norcross. For registration details, call Erica Dumpel at 404-422-3222.

Latin American Association launches campaign

The Latin American Association is launching is first fundraising campaign in five years to raise money for its wide range of programs and services. The Atlanta-based nonprofit group serves Atlanta's rapidly growing Latino community, and provides services in Gwinnett.

The group has set a goal to raise $300,000 by June as part of its Companeros Giving Campaign. The group has grown exponentially, from serving 10,000 clients a decade ago to 70,000 clients a year.

The Latin American Association helps Latinos find employment, housing, translation services, immigration information and educational resources. For more information or to make a donation, call 404-248-2238 or visit www.latinamericanassoc.org.