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Cupcakes, costumes highlight Bliss fund-raising efforts

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A McDonough sweets spot is doing its part to generate interest in a deadly disease, through a pair of fund-raising events for the community.

Bliss, a cupcake eatery, located at 20 Macon Street, is hosting Cupcakes for the Cure, during October, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Cake designer Jessica Brannon is coordinating the activity for Bliss owner Shelley DeLisle. Brannon said DeLisle, who opened her shop eight months ago, wanted to do something special, to make a donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

"Cupcakes for a Cure actually goes all month long, through October," said Brannon. "For each one of our pink cupcakes that we sell through the month, she is donating a dollar to the [foundation]."

DeLisle said efforts to raise money for the foundation, have been well received by the community thus far. She said a Bliss customer recently purchased 100 pink cupcakes, to host their own event for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

"They bought them from us, and they re-sold them for $3 apiece, and they made $500," DeLisle said. "There are very few people who aren't touched by cancer somehow. I think a lot of people like doing something to support events like this. A lot of people like coming out of the woodwork to say, 'I want to help with this.'"

The celebration will culminate Oct. 29 at Bliss, with a Halloween party and costume contest, titled Costumes for the Cure, according to Brannon. The party, she said, will coincide with a trick-or-treating event on the Square the same night.

"A $5 donation will get you in," said Brannon. "That will get you eligible for our scavenger hunt, which is going to include local McDonough businesses. "Also, we have several ... businesses who are donating prizes, and you'll be entered into a raffle for those."

Businesses which have pledged their support for the costume party, Brannon continued, include Fallas Family Vision, Chevy's Diner, Secret Garden and Hot Shots Paintball.

Brannon said while she hopes participants at the party will have a good time, she wants them to grasp the message of breast-cancer awareness.

"Hopefully, more and more younger women will become aware, and start to [detect] their cancer early, so we have more people survive," she said.

For more information, call Jessica Brannon at Bliss, at (678) 272-6222, or visit Bliss' Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/blissmcdonough.