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Upcoming fundraiser featuring former NFL greats will support two local nonprofits

LAWRENCEVILLE — An upcoming fundraising event at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville will not only benefit the local theater, it will also support another Gwinnett nonprofit and give residents an opportunity to rub elbows with former NFL players.

According to the theater, the idea for the fundraiser came from former Detroit Lion and Life After the Game founder LaMar Campbell, who thought the event would be a great way to support arts in the Gwinnett community and bring awareness and support to the new Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center.

“We are always looking for ways to deepen our relationship with community partners,” said Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. “Gwinnett Medical Center is a long-time supporter of Aurora’s Christmas Canteen. An event like this gives us an opportunity to show our appreciation of them not only as a sponsor and a community asset, but as a state-of-the-art medical provider.”

Several former NFL stars are scheduled to attend the event, including former Georgia star and South Gwinnett High grad David Greene, former Atlanta Falcon Chuck Smith, former Oakland Raider and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Matt Stinchcomb, and former Green Bay Packers Eric Matthews and Dorsey Levens, who is a Georgia Tech alum.

Event attendees will also get a sneak peek at the theater’s latest production, “Lombardi” by Eric Simonson, which is based on the book “When Pride Still Mattered — A Life of Vince Lombardi.”

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesay. The theater is located at 128 E. Pike St. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will benefit the Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical and the Aurora Theatre. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.