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Event to include card games, hors d’ouvres, live music and silent auction; limited number of tickets

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POSTED: October 11, 2012 7:00 a.m.

Those looking for the thrill of gambling can find it in downtown Hinesville next month — it will come without the risk, but with a community reward.

The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority will host a night of blackjack, roulette, craps and poker Nov. 10 for its first-ever Puttin’ on the Glitz fundraiser.

Benefitting the Memorial Drive sculpture “The Resonance,” the event is $50 per person or $90 per couple, and tickets are on sale now at select downtown businesses, HDDA executive director Vicki Davis said. There are 150 tickets available.

“We just think it’s going to be a great night of fun for people — regardless of the statue itself — we think it’s going to be a lot of fun, that people are just going to go away and say they had a great night in downtown Hinesville and want more of that type of activity,” Davis said.

Guests are encouraged to dress to the nines, and the event includes hors d’ouvres, live music, free beer and wine, games and starter chips, a raffle and silent auction, according to a news release.

Attendees must be 21 or older.

A raffle will be held for a four-day, three-night cruise and a one-carat black diamond courtesy of Thomas Hill Jewelers, and a silent auction will feature a Savannah getaway, gift baskets and more from local donors.

Designed in 2010 by SCAD students Christopher Crowe, Capucine Gros and Brian Rogers, “The Resonance” represents a sculptural echo of the individual resonating into the community and the community resonating into the world, the release said.

“A sense of community in downtown is very important to HDDA,” HDDA Chairwoman Melissa Ray said. “This event allows the public and our downtown merchants to come together and fundraise for a piece of art that will provide uniqueness to our downtown. HDDA hopes this fundraiser will help us reach our goal allowing construction to begin on the sculpture.”

HDDA program assistant Katrina Barrow said the sculpture represents the diversity of the community and will provide a photo opportunity for those who visit town.

“The location of a traffic circle is a perfect place to place such a piece of art because it will segue the Main Street revitalization district to the Memorial Drive redevelopment area,” Davis added.

The sculpture was designed to sit in the center of the traffic circle on Memorial Drive.

The Buy-a-Brick campaign also has raised funds for the art work since 2010, but Davis said the efforts have been challenged by increasing steel costs, which affect the price of the piece.

Those who would like to leave their imprint on downtown Hinesville can buy bricks, which are $50, $100 or $500, during the event. The bricks will line the sidewalk surrounding the statue.

 

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