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Proceeds from Margaritas With A Mission will be donated by the Forsyth Fights Cancer Committee to the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $340. For more information, call (770) 781-4706, e-mail or visit

There may not be that lost shaker of salt at the Forsyth Fights Cancer Committee’s fundraiser, but there definitely will be an abundance of margaritas.

The event, “Margaritas with a Mission,” is raising money for the American Cancer Society.

“It’s a Jimmy Buffet/Margaritaville theme. We’re going to have island food — grilled mahi-mahi, and margaritas,” said Tom Luther, committee member. “It’s different, that’s for sure, and it’ll hopefully attract more people.”

Luther, who has been working on securing sponsorships and donations for the event, is also a throat cancer survivor.

“I was diagnosed with cancer in November of last year and ... I finished the chemo and radiation and I’m doing pretty well,” he said.

“A couple of my neighbors are both cancer survivors ... and through my neighbors I said that I wanted to get involved to, in a way, give back, because the doctors and folks that treated me pretty much saved my life, along with a bunch of other folks.”

“Margaritas with a Mission” is set for 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Windermere Golf Club. In addition to a silent auction, the event also features a tropical buffet dinner, DJ, dancing, raffles and a cash bar.

For the past three years, the committee has sponsored an Oktoberfest to benefit the society. This year, however, the committee wanted to try something new.

“Based on community response, I would say it’s going to be very successful, in particular with the silent auction, we’re getting a lot of good donations,” Luther said.

Luther still must go in for various treatments, but friends, family members and the committee have been encouraging.

He calls being diagnosed with cancer his “wake-up call.”

“I appreciate life more now, and I’ve had tremendous support from friends and family or I wouldn’t have responded as well as I have,” he said.

“It’s more of an appreciation of life for thing things you take for granted until something like this happens.”