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Seventh Annual Darius Goes West Day(s)

July 07, 2011

It’s been said that seven is a lucky number, and we at DGW are feeling particularly lucky these days. Darius was recently accepted to participate in a clinical trial at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and the treatment he’s getting could very well extend his life! When we took our first trip our West to film our documentary, we never dreamed there would be treatment available for older boys with DMD like Darius. But thanks to your continuing support, research is going like gangbusters, and Big Daddy’s wheels continue to spin like crazy!

Meanwhile, we’re all busy putting the finishing touches on our SEVENTH ANNUAL DARIUS GOES WEST DAY festivities. And don’t let the word “Day” fool you. We have THREE days/nights packed with exciting activities for all ages. Check it out, and please come to Athens, GA to join the fun…

1. A Poker Tournament and Casino Night with great prizes
2. A massive Carnival - fun for the whole family
3. A local screening of the film
4. A Rap Concert featuring the Georgia Gurlz, Elite Tha Showstoppa, The Nappy Roots, Bubba Sparxxx, and Darius Weems!

Check out the details for each event below, snag your seats, and spread the word!

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WHAT: DEALING FOR DARIUS/CASINO FOR A CURE WHEN: Thursday, July 22 WHERE: Lucky Dawg Billiards (1120 Mitchell Bridge Rd.) DON’T MISS IT BECAUSE: The top finisher in this Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament will win a Casino Package, and second and third place will win cool stuff, too (click here for details). Other great prizes will be up for grabs at Casino for a Cure (same night, same time, same place). TICKETS: Click here for prize & event details, and to purchase advanced tickets to the Poker Tournament online.

WHAT: FAMILY FUN NIGHT/CARNIVAL WHEN: Friday, July 22; 5:00 - 9:00 PM WHERE: The Body Shop of Athens, 2950 Atlanta Hwy (next to Bulldog Car Wash; across from Target). DON’T MISS IT BECAUSE: It’s FREE and fun for all ages. Ride a mechanical bull, grab a friend and zip down a HUGE double water slide/slip ‘n slide, shoot some hoops (and get drenched if you miss too many baskets), ride a pony, dunk Atlanta Falcon Dante Robinson or a UGA athlete in the dunk tank!, get an airbrush tattoo “pimp” out a Goslabi t-shirt, challenge Big D in video games, take the
Goslabi Challenge (IF you’re brave enough), witness DGW crew member Jason Hees shave his head (for real!), and much, much more. Harry’s Pig Shop will be cooking up some bbq, and DJ Kevin Cheek will be spinning tunes.  RAIN OR SHINE! TICKETS: You don’t need one - FREE (except for food and drinks).

WHAT: DARIUS GOES WEST SCREENING WHEN: Saturday, July 23; 7:00 PM WHERE: Athens Cine (234 W. Hancock Ave.) DON’T MISS IT BECAUSE: It’s a rare chance to see (or see again) our multi-award-winning documentary on the big screen. A Q&A with Darius and the crew AND special guest Charley Seckler (of Charley’s Fund, where all our proceeds go) will follow the screening. TICKETS : $5 at the door (with all proceeds benefiting Duchenne muscular dystrophy research).

WHAT: BUBBA SPARXXX and THE NAPPY ROOTS IN CONCERT WITH SPECIAL GUESTS GEORGIA GURLZ AND ELITE THA SHOWSTOPPA.. WHEN: Saturday, July 23; 9:00 PM WHERE: The 40 Watt Club (285 W. Washington St.) DON’T MISS IT BECAUSE: The all-female rap group, Georgia Gurlz will get things rocking, followed by the the Showtime Band featuring the always-entertaining Elite Tha Showstoppa. Next, Skinny, Scales, and Big V. of The Nappy Roots keep things moving, followed by Bubba Sparxxx. DGW’s very own, Big Daddy Weems, will also take the stage! TICKETS:$10 in advance (click here to purchase) or at the door/night of show. If you’re under the age of 18 and want to attend this show, you must be accompanied by an adult.

Thanks to our awesome sponsors (to date) for making this celebration possible:40 Watt Club, ABC Printing, Athens Banner-Herald, Athens Cine, Athens First Bank & Trust, Aurum Studios, Birchmore/All About Pools & Spas, The Body Shop of Athens, Coca-Cola, D & K Groundworks, Dawg Town Entertainment, Delta Airlines, Entertainment Connection, Em’s Kitchen at Hawthorne Drugs, Erickson Chiropractic Office, Fitness at Five, Georgia Poker Club, Harry’s Pig Shop, Dr. Tom Henson, Holiday Inn Express, Loreen Arbus Foundation, Mane Event Pony Parties, Raymond James Financial Services, Shirtworks Screenprinters, Up ‘N Away Balloons


We could use door prizes for Darius Goes West Day. If you’d like to donate a gift card or merchandise, please contact us at (706) 613-7237 or e-mail us at dariusgoeswest@gmail.com. .

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