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Arts center salutes the West, wine for fundraiser

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Ring the dinner bell and put the horses to feed: it's time for the Mustang Roundup.

"Every year, we have six vintage cars on display. This year the cars are Mustangs, so we just ran with the theme," said Alicia Brooke, operations manager for the Hudgens Center for the Arts. "Last year it was Corvettes, and the theme was Route 66. We try to match it up like that every year."

The sixth annual vintage wine and car gala and auction will act as a key fundraiser for the Hudgens Arts Center and the Children's Museum. As might be expected from the center, the entertainment scheduled is "all local and simply wonderful," said Brooke. A barber shop quartet will be making the rounds throughout the evening, and the Aurora Theatre is scheduled to perform. Patrons can also expect to dine on bites from top area caterers, sip a variety of wine samplings, and of course, examine the vintage Mustangs. All of the museum galleries and exhibits will also be open for viewing.

"You can see all this great art, taste some really great food, and then bid on art from local artists. It doesn't get better than that," said Brooke.

In previous years, attendance has averaged 300 to 500 people, and Brooke is again shooting for such numbers. All funds raised will go back into the providing exhibitions and art classes at the museum.

The Hudgens Children's Museum is one of only about 10 galleries in the country strictly dedicated children's arts. With about 30 percent of Gwinnett's population under the age of 18, the museum is a keystone for the overall well-being community, Brooke said.

"It's very important to support the arts," said Brooke. "Gwinnett residents have shown us that they do care about the arts. It's a factor to contributing to a unified community. We hope that, though events like this, we can continue to contribute to that sense of community."

The gala will be held on at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hudgens Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Tickets are $50. For more information, call 770-623-6002.

TBS recognizes volunteers

The award reception for TBS Pathfinders, a program honoring individuals in the Atlanta area who strive to make a difference in the lives of others, was held Sept. 5 in Atlanta. During the ceremony, 13 volunteers were spotlighted, including Gwinnett resident Dr. Rogsbert Frezel Phillips. As the founder of Sisters By Choice, Philips donates her time, energy and money to support women with breast cancer and facilitate programs to increase breast cancer awareness and treatment options. She has dedicated more than 20 years to helping women cope with and survive the disease. For more information, visit www.sistersbychoice.net.

Girls camp donates to Project Linus

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2007 Girls Camp in Lilburn recently participated in Project Linus. For the project, the 160 camp attendees made 30 blankets and quilts to be donated to terminally ill children. The quilt donation was made to Northeast Atlanta Chapter of Project Linus. Visit www.projectlinus.org.

Hometown heroes have a ball

The Hometown Heroes: A Tribute to DeKalb's Finest will be held at 5 p.m. today at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta. The event is hosted by the DeKalb County Police Alliance, and will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $75. Call 678-362-0392 or visit www.dekalbpoicealliance.org.

Safari Club gets wild on the golf course

The Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International will hold the SCI Golf Tournament on Wednesday at the Trophy Club of Atlanta, 15135 Hopewell Road, Alpharetta. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the shotgun start is at noon. The tournament is an effort to support GASCI's Safari Wish program and the Eagle's Watch Foundation. Call 404-591-8974 or visit www.gasci.org.

Chili's plays golf for charity

Chili's Bar & Grill will sponsor the St. Jude's charity golf tournament on Friday at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort Golf Club, 6060 Golf Club Drive, Braselton. The entry fee is $125 per person. Call 678-371-2811 or visit area Chili's locations.

Barbecue to benefit Gwinnett students

The Lawrenceville Masonic Lodge No. 131 will hold a barbecue fundraiser from

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the lodge, 465 South Perry St., Lawrenceville. The event will raise funds for a scholarship to be awarded to a Central Gwinnett High School student. Call 770-712-0250.

Run or trot at the lake

The Sterling Stampede 5K and Treehouse Tot Trot will be held Sept. 15 at Sterling on the Lake, 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd. Flowery Branch. The trot will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K will begin at

9 a.m. The event is a benefit for My Sister's Place, a non-profit organization providing shelter, safety and life skills training to women in need. Registration ends at 5 p.m. Monday. The 5K registration fee is $25 and the trot is $10 per child. Late registration is available from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and is $30 for adults and $15 for children. Call 770-967-9777 or visit www.sterlingonthelake.com.

Polo benefit raises funds for baby

A benefit polo match for Baby Memphis will be held Sept. 16 at the Chukkar Farm and Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove, Alpharetta. Baby Memphis is an Atlanta area baby who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis at 7 months old and experienced the effects of partially losing all four of his limbs. Visit www.memphislynnlafferty.com.