Break out your fancy cowboy boots and jeans and polish up your diamonds for the Lake Sumter Unit of the American Cancer Society's 12th annual Cattle Barons' Ball set for Sept. 27 at Grand Oaks Resort, 3000 Marion County Road in Weirsdale. This year the unit joined forces with the Marion County team, so they can raise more money.
The Harper Family Charitable Foundation Inc. is the presenting sponsor.
Music will be provided by the Dan Story Band.
The "Denim and Diamonds" event will feature a gourmet Western buffet, dancing, themed gaming, live and silent auctions and more from 6 to 11 p.m.
Appropriate attire will be cowboy boots, denim, cowboy hats and the like.
Proceeds from the "Denim and Diamonds" event benefit the Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Gainesville.
Tickets are $150 a person or $1,000 for a table of eight. Sponsorship packages are available.
To reserve tickets or tables, sponsorship packages or donate items for auction, call 352-326-9599 or visit denimanddiamondsgala.com.
'Dining in the Dark' volunteers
The fifth annual event "Dining in the Dark" planned for April 24 at Lake Receptions, 4425 N. County Road 19A, Mount Dora, is seeking volunteers to serve on the planning committee to help with the silent auction, sponsorships, marketing, ticket sales and other logistical tasks.
The committee will meet monthly and then more frequently closer to the event.
"Dining in the Dark" is a sensory-awareness experience that will take guests on a journey of taste, sound, smell and touch, all in the dark.
The event is designed to create awareness about the challenges of being blind and to raise funds for New Vision for Independence, a nonprofit that provides assistance and training for blind and visually impaired adults in Lake and Sumter counties.
The lights will be turned off during dinner. Volunteers from the Lake County Sheriff's Office's SWAT team will serve the meal.
New Vision's goal is to raise $20,000.
To become a volunteer or more information, email Chantel Buck at email@example.com.
A classic car cruise-in is 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 23 in downtown Eustis. Sponsored by the Eustis Business Alliance in partnership with the city, the event is free, and registration is free to cruisers.
All makes of cars, trucks and vans are welcome. Cash prizes are awarded.
The event takes place the fourth Saturday of each month.
Community yard sale
The Clermont Downtown Partnership will have its annual community yard sale during the weekly Downtown Clermont Farmers Market along Montrose Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5.
Vendor spaces are available. Cost is $15 for a 10-by-10-foot space.
For a vendor application, go to clermontdowntownpartnership.com or contact Betty Whittaker at 352-874-9535. The deadline is Sept. 27.
Recognize LSSC alumni
Know someone who went to Lake-Sumter State College, formerly Lake-Sumter Community College, who is deserving of special recognition?
LSSC is accepting nominations through Aug. 22 for the third annual Distinguished Alumni and LSSC Hall of Fame Awards. The awards ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills.
Alumni, members of the community, faculty and staff who have achieved prominence in their careers and made significant contributions to LSSC, their communities and the lives of others will be honored.
Anyone who completed a three-hour credit or noncredit course is eligible.
Nomination forms are available at lssc.edu, under "News."
Sponsorships and table hosts are available for the event and range from $250 to $1,000.
Tickets for the event are $35; the price includes dinner.
For more information, contact alumni/scholarship coordinator Claudia Morris at 352-365-3539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer auxiliary troopers
Volunteers are needed for the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary.
Auxiliary troopers are volunteers who help officers as an extra set of eyes and ears on the road, work security details at special events and participate in vehicle equipment and license checkpoints.
Volunteers go through extensive training and certification process.
For more information, visit fhpa.info or troop-d.org.