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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Hi-Hope Gala slated for Saturday

The Hi-Hope 31st Annual Gala fundraiser — "A Night in Hollywood" — is set for this Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Gwinnett Center, located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. Honorary Chair for the event is Chuck Smith, former Atlanta Falcon defensive end who helped lead the team to the 1998 Super Bowl and is currently CEO of Football 365.

The Annual Hi-Hope Gala has been a tradition in Gwinnett for more than 30 years. Last year’s event helped raise over $60,000 to support the programs that further the mission of supporting adults with developmental disabilities.

“The individuals at Hi-Hope deserve to have respect and opportunities and providing funding is important,” said Smith who was also the honorary chair for last year’s event which was voted Best Social or Charity Event in 2012 by the readers of Gwinnett Magazine.

Susan Boland Butts, Hi-Hope CEO said: “This event is critical in raising funds to ensure that adults with developmental disabilities have every opportunity to live meaningful lives, connected to and contributing to their community. The supports provided at Hi-Hope allow for individuals to increase their independence and build necessary skills, identify interests, and find places where they can engage in those interests in our community. Individuals at Hi-Hope also provide meaningful contributions to their community through volunteering for a variety of local causes.”

The evening will include a gourmet seated dinner, dancing, a “Casino Royale” and a cash bar. Specially selected unique items will be featured in the silent auction that will appeal to a variety of discerning tastes. The select live auction will include a beautiful set of earrings donated by Tara Fine Jewelry in Buford. Exciting raffles and prizes will be part of the Night in Hollywood experience.

Hi-Hope would like to gratefully acknowledge this year’s gala sponsors: Diane Simmons, Gem Shopping Network, The Enterline Foundation, Suzanna’s Kitchen, Inc., Mary Ellen and Frank Manno, Dennis and Betty Taylor, Flanigan Funeral Home, Inc, Kaiser Permanente, ER Snell Contractor, Bill and Martha Gunter, Equifax, Cisco, Angie and Cal Garland, JP Morgan Chase, Cisco, Gwinnett Chamber, Merrill Lynch – David Cross. In-kind donors include: Golomb & Golomb, Gwinnett Daily Post, Stonehedge Garden Club and Sign-A-Rama – Buford.

For more information on sponsorships and to purchase tickets call Kelley Cody-Grimm, Director of Development at 770-963-8694 ext. 12, or via email at kcody-grimm@hihopecenter.org or visit www.hihopecenter.org.

People Helping People is a program of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services.