New Year’s Eve gala to benefit Rainbow House

December 25, 2013 

The Warner Robins Noon Optimist Club is hosting a New Year’s Eve gala from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Tuesday. This is the second annual gala celebration the club has sponsored to benefit the Rainbow House Children’s Resource Center in Houston County. The gala will be held at the Warner Robins Conference Center at the Courtyard by Marriott, 589 Carl Vinson Parkway in Warner Robins. The ticket price is $50 a person or $750 for a table of eight with sponsorship recognition.

The New Year’s Eve celebration will include live music and dancing with Quiet Storm, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. A raffle and free champagne are also included. Formal attire is suggested.

Tickets may be purchased through or by contacting 478-718-0789 or

The Rainbow House Children’s Resource Center is devoted to protecting children from abuse in Houston County. The center coordinates community efforts in child abuse education, advocacy, treatment, family support, prevention and training. The facility itself is a safe haven where children can be comfortable to talk about their situation.

The center was the first of its kind in Georgia when it was established in 1986.

An additional fundraiser for Rainbow House that is going on now through Monday is Georgia Bob’s Barbecue Co.’s Boston butts sale. The butts are 8 to 10 pounds pre-cooked and come with a half pint of barbecue sauce. The cost is $30 each with 24-hour notice to Georgia Bob’s before picking up at any of its locations. Call 478-654-6682 or 478-971-1341 in Warner Robins, or 478-654-6683 in Byron.

New year of concerts ahead

The Warner Robins Community Concert Association kicks off the new year with the Jan. 12 performance of pianists Douglas Jurs and Franklin Gross at First United Methodist Church, 205 North Davis Drive, Warner Robins, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 each at the door and are free for any student.

Chicago native Jurs was appointed assistant professor of piano and music theory at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 2012 after serving on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College. Jurs has performed extensively in Europe and throughout the United States and has been the featured soloist at festivals in Holland, Aspen and Quebec.

The program on Jan. 12 will feature classical and Romantic composers and a four-hand arrangement of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with special guest Gross. Gross is part of the faculty at Fort Valley State University and Georgia Military College in Warner Robins.

To learn more about the Warner Robins Community Concert Association and the remaining performances this season, visit

Marsha Priest Buzzell is the executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contact her at 478-922-5100 or

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