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Silent Auction is tonight

The first Silent Auction and Cocktail Party to benefit Lamar Arts’ Arts Center and Gallery was held in 2004. That year and every year since, volunteer Mable Deraney and her niece Diane Domit have prepared Lebanese rolled grape leaves for the event. Deraney is a Barnesville icon. She and her husband Joe arrived in town in 1954 to open Deraney’s Department Store. It closed in 1996 after more than 40 years of serving the community. All four of Mable and Joe’s parents were immigrants from Lebanon and ethnic dishes are always in demand at family functions. The Silent Auction and Cocktail Party to benefit its programs will be held tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Dukes’ residence at 530 Thomaston St. ’The Silent Auction has the support of many volunteers, artists, merchants and the community as a whole,’ said hostess Jean Dukes. ‘A wide range of art from various media, jewelry and vacation destinations will be among the many items up for bid.’ Local talents Roger McLeod, Brad Weaver and Steve Mulder will provide entertainment during the auction. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. ‘The Lamar Arts Gallery in the old train depot is a vital part of the Barnesville scene,’ said Dukes. Tickets are $25 and available at the door. For Information call Pattie Powers at 770-358-4644 or Dukes at 770-358-1639.

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