GAB: Care for Cops benefit raises $20k

DULUTH -- The Care for Cops annual Charity Golf Classic recently raised more than $20,000 for the organization, which aims to help Georgia Law Enforcement families in times of need.

Until 2006, a motorcycle ride was the primary fundraiser. Since then, the Care for Cops annual Charity Golf Classic has been held each year to raise awareness and sponsorship for the group.

According to a news release from Care for Cops, the efforts have been effective in promoting the mission and bringing in support for fallen officers. This year, the golf tournament was held on July 23 at TPC Sugarloaf.

The organization has plans for a first-ever Care for Cops 5K run on Nov. 3. "With further support," the release states, "Care for Cops will continues its mission of acknowledging the ultimate sacrifice of the state of Georgia's law enforcement officers."

NFL and Nike host back to football photo day

NEW YORK -- The NFL and Nike are searching for 32 fans to represent their favorite NFL teams in an iconic photo shoot in New York City on Sept. 4 with the Back to Football Photo Day Contest.

Back to Football Photo Day celebrates NFL fans and puts them center stage as part of 2012 NFL Kickoff Week. Fans may enter the Back to Football Photo Day Contest by submitting a photo of themselves, showcasing how they are bringing their own personal style to the game.

One fan per NFL team will be selected to participate in the event. The 32 winners will be flown to New York City to start in the photo shoot, where each will be professionally styled in Nike team looks representing each team.

Each winner gets a trip for them and one guest to New York City from Sept. 3-6.

Fans may enter the contest at www.facebook.com/nflfanstyle through Aug. 21 at noon.

Winery hosts summer festival Aug. 26

BRASELTON -- The 16th annual Vineyard Fest at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 26 at 100 Tour De France, Braselton.

The annual event includes tastings of more than 100 international and domestic wines, live music and dancing, grape-stomping, cooking demos and wine seminars, and fresh farm-to-table food prepared by Chateau Elan chefs.

Domestic and international wines will be available for guest tastings from Argentina, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, plus regional wineries from California, New York, Washington, Oregon, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. Samples of locally crafted specialty beer will also be available for tasting.

For more information, visit www.chateauelan.com.

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