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Arte Gras raffle items ooze luxury

This large ring is one of the pieces of jewelry that has been donated as raffle items at this year’s Arte Gras fundraiser for Arts Clayton. Organizers said more then 30 items have been donated for the raffle. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

This large ring is one of the pieces of jewelry that has been donated as raffle items at this year’s Arte Gras fundraiser for Arts Clayton. Organizers said more then 30 items have been donated for the raffle. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Cosmetics, jewelry and purses are some of the items that have been donated for the raffle at this year’s Arte Gras fundraiser. The event raises money for Arts Clayton’s education programs. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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This basket of Mary Kay cosmetics products is one of the items donated for this year’s Arte Gras raffle. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The Arte Gras Raffle Committee has been working for months to gather donations for the gift drawings at this year’s event. More than 30 items have been donated for the Arte Gras raffle, organizers said. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

JONESBORO — Fancy a beach getaway? How about a wine-tasting trip or a weekend mountain retreat? If not, what about jewelry or do you find tickets to a Braves games to be more appealing?

Those are just a small sample of the items organizers of this year’s Arte Gras fundraiser said they have gathered as raffle items for this year’s event. Raffle Committee Co-Chairs Kim Lister and Sandra Henderson said at least 30 items have been donated for drawings this year.

“There’s a little bit of everything,” Lister said. “This is the best raffle I’ve ever seen anywhere, at any event I’ve been to, but then again Arts Clayton always has the best raffles.”

Arte Gras’ organizers assert that the raffle is one of the most popular aspect of the event, which raises funds for Arts Clayton’s education programs. Arts Clayton Executive Director Linda Summerlin said the raffle drawings are the only times when officials cut into the event’s party atmosphere to address attendees.

While the addition of faux gaming tables proved to be a popular Arte Gras attraction last year, Henderson and Lister said the raffle items have long been a favorite attraction among attendees.

“Everybody has fun looking at everything and putting their tickets in the dish and seeing if they win — it’s the luck of the draw,” Lister said.

Among the raffle items up for grabs this year are Cher tickets, spa trips, jewelry, wine baskets, Mary Kay cosmetics, two sets of airline tickets, several vacation packages, coach bags, Atlanta Hawks tickets, Braves tickets, auto racing tickets, dinners and a large-screen television.

The volume of items available through the raffle is one of the reasons Henderson said it stands out from others.

“Arts Clayton has more raffles than anybody else because most groups do about five raffles and we have at least 30,” she said.

And Henderson added that the breadth of items available for the raffle is the result of the Raffle Committee’s work throughout the year to plan for the event and to solicit donations. “We work really hard for months to put all of this together,” she said.

Arte Gras will be held at 7 p.m. on March 8 at the Morrow Center, 1180 Southlake Mall No. 100. Individual tickets cost $125, but companies and groups of friends can reserve a table of 8 for $1,000. Anyone who is interested in attending Arte Gras is encouraged to call Summerlin at 770-473-5831.

The theme for this year’s event is “Classic Hollywood” and attendees are asked to dress in black-tie or vintage Hollywood-style clothing.