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Jewelry sale supporting The Place of Forsyth County

CUMMING — Jewelry lovers can combine a shopping spree with community activeness this weekend when an Avalon boutique holds a fundraiser for a local nonprofit.

Purchases made at Kendra Scott Jewelry between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday will benefit The Place of Forsyth County, a local emergency financial assistance program, food pantry and weekly hot meal host.

“This is perfect timing for Mother’s day gifts,” said Joni Smith, executive director of The Place. “I hope everyone will consider stopping in to visit, enjoy the festivities and support The Place.”

Shoppers will be provided refreshments as they peruse items.

Texas-based Kendra Scott launched a mini-jewelry collection in 2002 with just $500. Today, her brand is sold in department store retailers and more than 1,000 specialty boutiques worldwide.

The company was formed with a family-first mantra, with philanthropy remaining a core value.

Money donated to The Place will help the staff continue to fund programs and buy food for at-need residents. In 2014, $955,000 in assistance — both monetary and through food and products — was distributed to people within Forsyth.