Rotary to host event to raise money for Rainbow Village

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Why did the Rotarian come to the ballroom? For a good cause.

The Rotary Club of Gwinnett County is hosting a comedy night to raise funds for Rainbow Village, a local homeless ministry.

The event, which is open to the public and features the "funniest woman in Georgia," according to Southern Living, is the first of an effort by all the local clubs to help the charity build a new campus.

"It'll be a legacy that Rotary can leave, dealing with homelessness in the county," said Paige Havens, the Gwinnett club's secretary. She said Rainbow Village's commitment to help families with vocational training "really spoke to Rotary. It's an opportunity for all of us to volunteer, not just give money."

But with a $1.7 million endeavor to build a new education, recreation and day care facility at the new campus, fundraising is also a big need, Havens said, adding that other grants and donors are helping.

The goal for Thursday's "A Hot Summer Night of Comedy" event is to raise $10,000.

"It's our effort to kick off that partnership and lay the ground work," she said.

For the 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. event at the Gwinnett Civic Center's grand ballroom, tickets are $50 each and include heavy hors d'oeuvres, dinner and the show.

The featured performers include Off the Cob Comedy Troupe and Lauretta Hannon, the Cracker Queen, who was named "funniest woman in Georgia."

To purchase tickets, visit www.gwinnettrotary.com.