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Cowboy-Up Bar & Grill to host fund-raiser for Clarksville Fine Arts Center

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Funds from the fund-raiser at The Cowboy-Up Cafe and Grill will go toward renovating the Clarksville Fine Arts Center.
SoVaNow.com / May 30, 2012
The Clarksville Fine Arts Center Preservation Team will benefit from a June 2 fund-raiser by the Cowboy-Up Bar & Grill in Virgilina, which has collected funds for many needy causes in the past.
           
In 2010, owner Alan Gatrell held two fundraisers for Rob Brewer, who lost his leg in a tractor accident. He has raised money for a baby’s burial, for air conditioners for elderly people and for two local softball teams, among others.
           
This time, he will be selling chicken plates to eat in or take out after 5 p.m. for a $7 donation, a corn hole championship starting at 5 p.m. for $5 and a karaoke contest for $5 beginning at 9 p.m. There will also be a 50-50 Raffle.
           
The Clarksville Fine Arts Center, on Virginia Avenue, needs restoration and redesign work to continue its music, acting, arts and to offer gathering space for other organizations and projects in future years. Several organizations use the space throughout the year: the YMCA has a gymnastics program in the spring, Carter’s Music School uses it for its spring recital, the Ruritans sponsor a political forum and the SPCA holds fund-raisers, to name just a few examples.
           
The Clarksville Fine Arts Center is the home for the Clarksville Community Players, Inc., which plans to produce “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” this year and a spring musical in 2013. Theater workshops are held in the summer for children, teens and young adults. The Lake County Chorale holds concerts there during the holidays and in the spring.
           
Currently, the Virginia Commonwealth University is working on a feasibility study that will help the center evaluate its impact on the community in order to get grants. A major campaign, called “Sittin’ Pretty”, will be launched soon to create funding for refurbishing the theater seats and the further development of major structural plans. Cowboy-Up Cafe: (434) 585-3446.

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