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Tuesday, Sep 04 2012 02:27 PM

Worth noting: Local organizations hold fundraisers

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Guild House will participate in First Friday, Bakersfield's monthly arts celebration, according to a news release.

Guild House is a nonprofit restaurant that serves lunch on weekdays and is run by volunteers. Its proceeds benefit Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, a nonprofit mental health clinic for families and children.

On Friday, Guild House is selling one plate of appetizers, desserts and one glass of wine for $10 per person. An additional glass of wine costs $5. Live music will be performed by saxophonist Ken Fahsbender and keyboardist Larry Peahl.

The event is open to the public. For more information, call Guild House at 325-5478.

Chuy's Mesquite Broiler is holding a head-shaving event on Saturday to raise funds for childhood cancer research, according to a news release.

Proceeds from the event will go to St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity that funds research on cures for childhood cancers.

Saturday's event was organized by the mother of a child, Garrett Hutchins, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2009 and is now cancer-free after multiple treatments. Hutchins has been honored by St. Baldrick's.

The event already has 60 participants committed to shaving their heads. It has a goal of raising $32,000. It will also include a live band and raffle.

For more information, visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/5316/2012.

A reverse draw fundraiser is being held Saturday in the Canyon Hills Assembly of God gym to raise funds and awareness for the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance, according to a news release.

The research alliance is a nonprofit that benefits research for treatments and a cure to Friedreich's Ataxia, a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder.

The raffle is being held specifically in honor of a Bakersfield man who was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia at 13 years old and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University.

Tickets for the event cost $100. They include two dinners provided by Outback Steakhouse, soft drinks and dessert. Donated gift baskets will also be given out at random to attendees.

For more information, call Carrie Laird at 565-5950.

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