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Wine tasting to benefit breast-cancer group

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Champagne and sparkling wine will flow in Henry County Thursday, during an event to raise money to support the Breast Cancer Survivors Network.

Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club, in Hampton, will host its first "Tasting Thursday" fund-raiser, from 6:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds going to the cancer-survivors' support group. Reservations are being accepted for the event.

Toni Stuber, food and beverage manager at Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club, said the upscale subdivision has held wine-tasting events in the past for residents of the community. Thursday, according to Stuber, will mark the first time such an occasion will be open to the public, since the Country Club's opening five years ago.

"We're trying to bring recognition to the club that we are a public facility, and that we are open ... for golf, special events and dining," said Stuber. "We will offer 15 French champagnes, and sparkling wines from 18 different, wine regions."

The Breast Cancer Survivors Network will host a silent auction and raffle during the event, according to the organization's president, Janet Beebe. Her staff's goal, she said, is to raise at least $500, with their portion of the proceeds to provide free services and supplies for breast-cancer patients. "It's a group effort to get all this accomplished, but it's working," said Beebe.

She said the network serves 800 members in 35 Georgia counties, including Henry, Clayton, Fayette and Coweta.

"About 80 percent of our members are in the Southern Crescent," she continued. "The money raised [at Crystal Lake] will provide services for breast-cancer patients in Henry County, along with health fairs and other events that we do."

Beebe, a 27-year breast-cancer survivor, added that a "big need" exists on the outskirts of Atlanta for education and services to be offered to breast-cancer patients. She said the cancer network will sponsor a Breast Cancer 1-Day Walk in Peachtree City, March 27, which is not affiliated with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day for the Cure walk, in Atlanta, in October.