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Online music store raises money for Foster Children's Foundation

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Sure, you can download your favorite songs from iTunes.com or any number of MP3 sites. But why not help out a local nonprofit while you're at it?

The Duluth-based Foster Children's Foundation has set up an online music store affiliated with the Web site BurnLounge.com. More than 2 million songs are available for download at 99 cents a pop - similar to other online music stores - and the Foster Children's Foundation receives a few cents from each purchased song.

The money will go to the group's mentoring program, which helps older foster children learn skills for the adult world, and its resource center, which provides clothing, hygiene products, furniture and school supplies for local foster children and families.

"If you can get your song in two places, pay the same amount of money and make a difference in the community at the same time, why not use our site?" said the group's founder, Suzanne Geske.

BurnLounge is what's called a replicated digital music store. Groups pay a fee to get their own Web address and access to the BurnLounge music catalog. They can personalize their sites to showcase their favorite music and bands.

Geske, a music lover herself, said she especially likes using the site to highlight some of the best local bands and musicians. Any local music acts can upload their music onto the site for a minimal fee.

"A local band that wants to let the public know about their music can do it without having to go through a manager or label. That's a huge benefit," Geske said.

Songs and CDs can be downloaded through Windows Media Player, and from there you can listen on your computer, burn them onto a CD or upload them into your MP3 player. Visit www.burnlounge.com/fosterchildrensfoundation to start downloading. If you have questions, call the Foster Children's

Foundation at 770-623-6135 or e-mail info@fosterchildrensfoundation.org.

Silent auction will benefit local senior services

Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services will hold "An Evening in Emerald City," its fourth annual silent auction, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett, 3100 Club Drive Lawrenceville. The auction will include more than 200 donated items and services from local businesses.

The evening will also include heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and music. The nonprofit volunteer group raises money to support Gwinnett County Senior Services programs such as Meals on Wheels. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and they include food, beverages and a door prize ticket. For more information, call 770-822-8775 or e-mail celia.moore@gwinnettcounty.com.

Expo will be warm up

for 2-Day Walk

The Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer will hold its annual breast cancer expo from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Norcross. The free event is open to the public and will include information on breast cancer organizations, a six-mile training walk, seminars and more. The 2-Day Walk raises money for breast cancer awareness, research and support organizations. Call 404-531-4111 or visit www.2daywalk.org.

Dairy Queen to donate

proceeds to Children's

Miracle Network

Dairy Queen stores will donate proceeds from every Blizzard treat sold on Thursday to the Children's Miracle Network, a nonprofit group that raises money for children's hospitals, as part of its "Miracle Treat Day." For information about the Children's Miracle Network, visit www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org. For more information or to find a local Dairy Queen store, visit www.dairyqueen.com.