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Lamar Arts hosts Silent Auction Thursday

Anyone thinking about a weekend getaway or the perfect painting for that bare space on the wall should be sure to attend Lamar Arts’ 10th annual Silent Auction and Cocktail Party. It will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, from 7-9 p.m. at the home of Charles and Jean Dukes on Thomaston Street. The event marks the 26th benefit for the community that has been held at the Dukes’ home. Lisa Tuttle, Linda Rainey, and Hedy Cauthen are among those who have volunteered for all 26. From 1984 to 1989 the parties were held for Barnesville Academy. After BA closed, Sally Copeland was president of the Lamar Unit of the American Cancer Society. She asked the Dukes if the functions could continue but with the American Cancer Society as its beneficiary. A Valentine dinner and auction was held for the next 10 years until Relay for Life became the signature event for the American Cancer Society. When Lamar Arts began renting the old train Depot for its gallery, the benefits started up again. This year marks the 10th annual benefit for Lamar Arts. The Dukes agree that they have enjoyed their historic home the most when it has been filled with people having a good time and benefitting the community. Though they are thanked for their generosity, they insist the events are community efforts with many volunteers and many donors. Hedy Cauthen was the chairman of the dinners for Barnesville Academy and the American Cancer Society. Patti Powers is the silent auction chairman for Lamar Arts for the 10th year. With the Dukes’ home for sale, this will be the last benefit they will host. ’Come enjoy the festivities in this grand old home, and support the arts in Barnesville and Lamar County,’ said Jean Dukes. Bids will be taken on weekend adventures, original art and many other more practical things since each Lamar Arts volunteer is responsible for donating at least one item and many other people donate as well. Donations for the auction are tax deductible. The Silent Auction is Lamar Arts’ largest fund-raiser of the year. Primarily, it helps fund the successful Kids’ Camp held each summer. It also is used to pay for maintaining the historic Depot and for the art receptions and other events held at the gallery. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased from Slices, Goggans, the Depot, the Chamber of Commerce, and at the door. Call Dukes at 770-401-6898 or Powers at 770-358-4644 for information.

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