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WFBA hosts annual Christmas prize giveaway

FLINT TWP.— A sapphire and diamond pendant will be the top prize given away at the West Flint Business Association’s 14th annual Holiday Scholarship Fundraiser, 11 a.m., Dec. 11, in the meeting room at Teppanyaki Grill, G- 3583 Miller Road (Genesee Crossings/Target Plaza).

Non-members are welcome to attend. A $15 donation at the door will include lunch and two tickets for a chance to win more than 70 donated prizes. Additional tickets for the drawing will be sold at 2 for $5 each. Proceeds will help provide scholarships to be awarded next spring to three deserving students in Genesee County.— R.S.

Shopping for a cause

FLINT TWP. — Here’s a way to avoid the crowds while Christmas shopping but support a Carman-Ainsworth robotics team. Order scrip gift cards from Great Lakes Scrip Center.

Great Lakes Scrip helps nonprofits raise funds with assistance from participating retailers. Scrip gif cards are purchased online for use at thousands of retailers where customers normally shop. The list includes restaurants, bookstores, car rental, florists, movie tickets, clothing, department and discount stores, travel, hotels, mechanics, toy stores, gas stations and much more.

A complete list of participating retailers can be found online at http:// www.carman wpcontent/ uploads/ 2013/ 12/ BrandListNo Group. pdf Since beginning in 1994, Great Lakes Scrip Center has helped non-profits raise more than $400 million while generating more than $8 billion in sales for participating retailers. — R.S.

Christmas benefit concert to help area homeless

FLINT TWP. — Rock of Ages Big Band, a group of Flint-based swing musicians, will perform a Christmas Benefit Concert for Family Promise of Genesee County, 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 2111 Flushing Road.

The church houses the Family Promise Genesee County Day Center which will be a place where people can go during the day for help finding work, housing and training to help restore them to independent living. Family Promise of Genesee County is an affiliate of the national organization which has a goal to keep families intact during periods of temporary homelessness. To keep costs down, the group uses existing buildings such as churches to house homeless families. More than 25 local churches have committed to creating a network that will support up to five families at a time with meals and overnight shelter. A free will offering will be collected at the concert with all proceeds going to help staff and operate the Day Center. Tours of the Day Center will be provided during an open house starting at 6:30 p.m. during concert intermission and after the concert. For more information, visit or Family Promise of Genesee County on Facebook. — R.S.

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