If you’re going
• What: Margaritas with a Mission
• Benefits: American Cancer Society
• When: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Windermere Golf and Country Club, 5000 Davis Love Drive
• Cost: $40, payable at the door
• For more information, go to www.margaritaswithamission.org or call Linda Conyers at (770) 781-4706.
Margaritas and island flavor will be part of an American Cancer Society fundraiser this weekend.
"Margaritas with a Mission," a Jimmy Buffett-inspired evening, is set for 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Windermere Golf and Country Club.
Event chairwoman Linda Conyers said this is the second year for the tropical theme.
"For several years we did an Oktoberfest, but we decided to change things up last year," she said, adding that the margarita event drew a couple hundred people.
"We’re hoping for 200 or more this year," Conyers said. "I think people like this sort of event because it’s a more casual sort of thing."
Besides Buffett tunes, the event will also offer a dinner buffet and cash bar, and live and silent auctions.
"We have a lot of golf packages and probably the most exciting item is a 10-night stay in a flat in Spain," Conyers said.
Some other auction items include trips to Fripp Island, S.C., and Panama City Beach, Fla., as well as jewelry, sports memorabilia and gift certificates.
Conyers said there will also be a wine tree raffle.
"That’s a tree with about 30 bottles of wine, and the winner gets all of them," she explained.
The event will also pay tribute to cancer survivors and those who lost their lives to the disease through its Wall of Hope and Memory.
"A video goes on the whole evening with photos and names," she said. "It’s a very touching thing we do. I’ve seen more than one tear pop up in somebody’s eye."
To Conyers, the wall reflects what the event is all about.
"We’re trying to let people know about what American Cancer Society can do for cancer patients," she said. "It’s the only organization that offers more than just research. There are a lot of programs for the patients."
She said those include Road to Recovery, which provides patients with rides to treatments, and programs designed to help women feel better about themselves after losing their hair to chemotherapy.
Conyers invited anyone interested in battling cancer to attend Margaritas with a Mission.
"We’ve got to do what we can do," she said. "And it’s a really fun evening. It’s a good dinner and we’ll try to keep everybody busy."