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A sweet tooth inspires Aurora's fundraiser for marching band

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A fundraiser tied to Aurora Theatre's performances of "A Year With Frog and Toad" was actually dreamed up after a massive cookie craving.

When one of the theater's actors saw another performance of the play, she was in the mood for a cookie after hearing a song of the same name at the end of the first act, said Al Stilo, director of marketing for the theater.

"She went out in search of a cookie at intermission, but the concession stand didn't have any. She was craving a cookie so bad she ended up going to the grocery store after the show to buy one," Stilo said.

At the Aurora's production, audience members will not be denied their cookies. The theater is partnering with the Duluth Marching Band's booster club to sell fresh-baked cookies during intermission. Funds raised through cookie sales will go toward helping the Duluth High School Marching Band pay for a trip to a New York City band performance competition.

Families involved with the marching band have been baking up a huge variety of cookies - sugar, molasses, peanut butter, pinwheel, mint chocolate chip - and selling them at the concession stand. A big cookie costs $1 and small cookies are two for $1.

"Frog and Toad" runs through March 26 at the Aurora Theatre, 3087-B Main St. in Duluth. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Fashion show

will celebrate

15th anniversary

The American Cancer Society's Gwinnett Auxiliary will hold its 15th Anniversary Hope Fashion Show Monday at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead.

Presented by Karen's Fine Apparel, the show is a major fundraiser for the society's breast cancer programs. The event will open with a silent auction at 10:30 a.m. followed by the fashion show and lunch at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $65 per person.

The group hopes to raise $100,000 through this year's show. For more information, call 770-814-0123.

Keaggy concert

will benefit

Dream House

Grammy-nominated guitar player Phil Keaggy will play a benefit concert for the Dream House for Medically Fragile Children Friday at Mount Carmel Christian Church.

Keaggy is known for his contemporary and Christian soft rock music. The Dream House, located in Lilburn, provides transitional foster homes for medically fragile children.

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 6015 Stone Mountain Road in Stone Mountain. General admission tickets are $20. For tickets, call 770-717-7410 or visit www.dreamhouseforkids.org.

Purchase cooking tools to help

cancer group

A local Pampered Chef consultant is donating a portion of all her proceeds to Conquering Cancer, a local nonprofit that grants wishes for adult cancer patients.

Tiffany O'Neill has pledged to donate 20 percent of her sales through March to the group. Conquering Cancer was founded by Shari Powell, a local cancer survivor, in 2004. She helps cancer patients' wishes - anything from housecleaning services to transportation to vacations - come true.

For more information about Conquering Cancer, visit www.conquering-cancer.com. To purchase Pampered Chef products for this cause, visit www.pamperedchef.biz/tiffanyoneill or call 770-679-4048.

Breast cancer walk awards grants

The Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer recently awarded 14 grants, totaling $280,000, to local breast cancer organizations. The money was raised at the group's annual walk in September. The annual walk raises money for breast cancer awareness, research and support.

Some of the groups included: Therapeutic Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors, Breast Friends Inc., Dia de la Mujer Latina's Health and Wellness Festival, TurningPoint Women's Healthcare and the Young Survival Coalition Atlanta's Newly Diagnosed Resource Kit for Women Under the Age of 40.

The registration kickoff for this year's walk is Saturday at Maggiano's Buckhead, 3368 Peachtree Road in Atlanta. For more information on the walk, visit www.2daywalk.org or call 404-531-4111.

Animal group's fundraiser set

for today

Saving Animals In Need Today and Pup & Cat Co.'s annual "Affair to Remember" fundraiser will run from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Carl House, 1176 Atlanta Highway in Auburn. The St. Patrick's Day-themed event will include a live band and dancing, a live auction and entertainment. Tickets are $45 and include dinner, dessert and a raffle.