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Buzzell: Event to spread word about proposed cultural arts center

The Fine Arts Society of Middle Georgia is hosting an evening of live entertainment, food and fine art to get the word out about a proposed cultural arts center for Warner Robins. The event is actually a building campaign kickoff party for a project that will benefit all Middle Georgia residents.

Campaign spokesperson and celebrity Bobbie Eakes will be recording local TV ads from her Hollywood studio in support of raising funds for the center. Eakes, an actress and singer, graduated from Warner Robins High School.

The Sept. 6 event at 508 Osigian Boulevard in Warner Robins will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by a silent auction and dinner at 7 p.m.

Many pieces of original artwork by established Middle Georgia artists will be available for purchase, as well as sports memorabilia, a Remington 770 rifle raffle and a $300 gas card raffle. Other highlights of the silent auction will be a three-day stay at an Emerald Coast condo and several Chuck Leavell celebrity items. Leavell lives in Middle Georgia and was keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, the Allman Brothers Band, the Black Crowes and John Mayer among others.

Tickets are $23 before Sept. 1 or $25 afterward. Tickets may be purchased online at http://artscenterkickoff.eventbrite.com or by mail by sending a check to Fine Arts Society of Middle Georgia, P.O. Box 1174, Warner Robins, GA 31099. You can also buy a ticket from a Fine Arts Society member. Ticket stubs from the evening enter guests into a drawing for a free turkey.

For more information, contact Cassie Griffith at 478-951-3716 or Linda Frazier at 478-213-5631. The Middle Georgia Fine Arts Society website is www.fasmidga.org/special-event.

Honoring cancer survivors

Eat, Drink Pink on Sept. 11 promises to be an evening of inspiration and fun to honor cancer survivors and raise funds for Georgia Cancer Friends Foundation, a 501-3 nonprofit that supports Georgia cancer patients with a financial need. All monies disbursed remain in Middle Georgia.

This special event of food and fashion provided by Belk culminates in an auction of decorated bras. Mayor John Harley of Centerville will be the auctioneer. Mayor Randy Toms of Warner Robins will be the emcee for the Survivor Fashion Show.

Sponsors for Eat, Drink Pink are Belk, Georgia Cooling Heating & Air, OdoBan, Flint Energies, Strato and Color Me Pink. Tickets are $15 per person with take-out will be available from 5-7 p.m. for $10 per plate. The menu includes salad, lasagna or spaghetti, garlic bread, dessert and drink.

All proceeds from the event go to Georgia Cancer Friends Foundation, Inc., 115 Margie Drive, Suite D, Warner Robins, GA 31093. Judy Mason, operator of Color Me Pink mastectomy boutique in Warner Robins, is the founder and may be contacted at 478-953-1377 or georgiacancerfriends@cox.net.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is the executive director of the Warner Robins convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at 478-922-5100 or cvb@wrga.gov.

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