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Author Elaine DeNiro with her Silent Auction basket

Big Canoe Author donates to Legacy of Caring

By Rita Van Fleet. Photo by Jean Lomax.

Author and Big Canoe resident Elaine DeNiro is dedicated to making the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild’s Legacy of Caring Gala and Auction a spectacular success. DeNiro, in addition to coordinating the Gala auction with co-chair Catrece Morton, is donating a basket to the Gala’s silent auction containing her first book, “Rucker the Lost Country Dog” (2017), a stuffed animal, and tickets to the play “Rucker Go Home.” The play which was adapted from DeNiro’s book by Lee Bryan will be featured in the Roswell Summer Puppet Series at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center from June 24 - 29.

DeNiro, the archivist for the city of Roswell, published “Rucker the Lost Country Dog” to benefit the Roswell Historical Society, which has collected more than 4,000 historical photographs intended to interest children in history. Also, DeNiro and her husband Allan have donated a beautiful, level shy-acre lot in Big Canoe (Lot 6127 on 92 Fire Pink Lane) for the live auction.

The Gala is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of fine dining, music and silent and live auctions with family and friends at The Clubhouse at Lake Sconti. Tickets for the event are $100.00 per person and are available at www.bigcanoelegacy.org, the Chapel Stand-Around or from Sandra Gadd (706-579-2443).

More than 170 items are set for the silent auction. Baskets of food and wine, meals prepared in the home by chefs, gift certificates to dine at favorite restaurants, a mink cape and jacket, art work, and crafters art have been donated. The live auction includes a week at the Siesta Key Florida villa of Sandy and Jeff Downing, a full-length mink coat and a Braves Package including a gift certificate for your choice of lunch or dinner and four Club-level seats. Tom’s Awesome Seafood is providing a low country boil for 12 with music by Sock Monkey and a traditional corn hole game, and Big Canoe’s Executive Chef Hector Rosano and Director of Catering and Special Events Gerard Monte are offering a four-course Tuscan gourmet dinner for 10 prepared at your home. (Visit Smoke Signals Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bigcanoenews/) for pictures.)

In 30 years, Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild’s Legacy of Caring has raised $1,800,000 to support dozens of charities in Pickens and Dawson counties. Funds benefit charitable organizations that focus on the well-being of women, children, and families by providing life skills to overcome the cycle of poverty, oppression or substance abuse.

Check the website, www.bigcanoelegacy.org, for info on Legacy of Caring events or the Facebook page, Legacy of Caring Big Canoe Chapel. Smoke Signals Weekly and Smoke Signals Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bigcanoenews/) will provide additional background info and stories about the Legacy of Caring events and sneak peeks on what’s in store for those who attend the spectacular events. Attend the Springtime Marketplace on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 to shop at more than two dozen vendors and Collector’s Corner, the Book Nook, and Something for the Men! or dine at the Crazy Bear cafe; and take home tasty treats from the Bear Paw Bakery. The public is invited and admission is free.

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