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NOA plans 23rd annual Grand Masquerade Gala
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NOA, or No One Alone, a women’s domestic violence shelter serving Lumpkin and Dawson Counties, invites members of the community to attend its 23rd annual fundraising masquerade gala and auction.

 The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. April 28, will support victims of domestic abuse. The event will be located at 6140 Events on Hwy. 400 in Cumming.

The black tie affair will include a full meal, dancing, auction deals, and old time photo booth, mask contest, door prizes and more.

Over 100 items will be for auction, including four Bush Garden tickets worth $450, a two-night package at Amicalola Falls Lodge with two hand-made walking sticks with two commemorative medallions,  a night stay and meals at Harrah's Cherokee Casino, gift certificates to many local restaurants, local businesses and area attractions.  Also included will be art from several local artists and an original, hand-crafted stained glass by Rob Steele.

Event sponsors are Lowell S. Dunn & Betty L. Dunn Family Foundation, Northside Hospital, Appalachian Contractors, Studio Jewelers, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, United Community Bank , In Memory of Lily Lago, Mullins Pharmacy, Margie & Randy Greer, Dawson Fine Wine and Spirits and Refrigiwear.

Dinner will be catered by Events by Dezine. Signature cocktails will be provided by the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery.

Reservations are highly encouraged. Tickets are $65 per person, $120 per couple or $475 for a table of eight. For more information or to make reservations, visit or call (706)372-4260.

NOA’s mission is to provide a safe haven and support for victims of domestic violence. Through educational programs, NOA works to foster attitudes in the community that violence is not acceptable.

The center provides emergency shelter for women and children, individual professional counseling, legal advocacy, case management and more. Help is always available with NOA’s 24-hour crisis line at (706)864-1986.

You can visit the Southern Finds thrift store to shop new and gently used clothing, gifts, furniture, home décor and more. The store also provides clothing, personal items and necessities for women, children and men who are experiencing hardship due to domestic violence.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the store benefit victims of family violence. All donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off daily during store hours. The store is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The thrift store is located at 20 Memorial Drive in Dahlonega. Call (706)867-6167 for more information.