GAB: City, Woman's Club raise nearly $24K for Relay

LILBURN -- The city of Lilburn and the Lilburn Woman's Club recently hosted the 2013 Relay Rally. Ten teams raised nearly $24,000 for the fight against cancer.

City Manager Bill Johnsa welcomed the crowd, and Diana Preston led the survivor's lap to kick off the event, which was held on Friday.

The evening included live music, food and various booths.

Luminaries lined the perimeter of Lilburn City Park, honoring those who bravely fought the disease and remembering loved ones who have passed.

The evening ended with a final lap around the park, led by bagpipe player Janice Summers.

All money raised at the rally were forwarded to the Gwinnett County Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society's research and awareness programs to battle the disease.

The city and Lilburn Woman's Club founded the Relay Rally nine years ago to provide local support for the Gwinnett Relay, which is the largest in the world.

For more information or to donate, visit www.main.acsevents.org.

Cities mobilize for National Kids to Parks Day

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Thousands of children worldwide, including many in Gwinnett County, will take part in a grassroots movement to discover America's parks through play on May 18.

It's part of an effort to commemorate National park Trust's third annual National Kids to parks Day.

Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch for outdoor play, wildlife education and kids' crafts at Shorty Howell Park.

At Bogan Park, a bike rodeo will provide supplies needed to decorate your bike, challenge a friend to a race and get bike and helmet safety checks for $6.

Shorty Howell Park is located at 2750 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth; and Bogan Park is at 2723 North Bogan Road, Buford.

Gwinnett Rotary hosts comedy night

LAWRENCEVILLE -- On May 21, comedian David Ferrell will bring his "good and clean" brand of humor to Gwinnett County for a one-night show at the Aurora Theatre.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County, it's part of the organization's 40th anniversary celebration. Proceeds go to the building campaign for Rainbow Village.

According to a news release from the Rotary Club, Ferrell's comedy is "100 percent clean and suitable for all ages and backgrounds."

The Gwinnett Rotary Club and the Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville, are teaming up for this charity event.

Rainbow Village is a transitional housing community designed to help homeless families with children return to self sufficiency.

Rainbow Village is currently in phase 2 of an expansion project that will see a $2.9 million community center added to the group's Duluth campus.

The center will include a daycare center, a media center, kitchen and dining hall, classrooms and a chapel.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $50,, which includes a dessert reception at 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Aurora, followed by the comedy show at 9 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at gwinnettrotary.org.

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