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CLARKS SUMMIT- The Abington Heights Civic League is changing it up this year with a Mardi Gras celebration for its annual benefit.

We wanted to do something a little bit different, said Cathy Pliska, a public relations officer for the club.

The last six years, the league has held a comedy night, but this year the group wanted something new.

The evening will feature traditional cajun cuisine and entertainment from Dixieland Jazz Band with Kenny McGraw & Company, Strolling Entertainment and Artistry by Denny Corby and Psychic Diana.

There will also be a cash bar, wine pull and basket raffles.

The Mardi Gras fundraiser will take place at the Glen Oak Country Club, Clarks Summit, Feb. 8 beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and cover dinner and entertainment for the evening.

To donate a basket for the raffle or help sponsor the event, call 586.7709.

The Civic League, which was founded in 1931, is a nonprofit organization that raises money for groups that benefit the community.

The group has contributed to charities and other nonprofit organizations like local fire companies and the Women's Resource Center, as well as individuals who demonstrate need or are suffering from a severe illness.

We can touch on every organization that needs it, Pliska said.

The club chooses who to support by voting each year.

The proceeds from the Mardi Gras benefit will be distributed to individuals and groups who are in need.

We chose a celebration this year. Mardis Gras is a good time to get together, said Peggy Williams, of the group's Ways and Means committee.

It supports our Ways and Means budget. The things we do yearround are supported by this fundraiser, said board member Michele Connor.

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