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Store's Sales Will Benefit Ballet

Stamford area residents who make purchases at Agabhumi the Best of Bali on Thursday will be giving much-needed financial support to the Ballet School of Stamford. The local retailer will donate 20 percent of evening sales to the nonprofit organization.

Agabhumi sells jewelry, clothing, handbags and other items for children and adults. It is located at 22 Magee Ave., Stamford.

The store has built a national reputation as a fashion-forward retailer, said Marti Etter, director of the ballet school, which is housed in Old Town Hall. Registration for classes began Sept. 13 and currently remains open. A boys class will take place Saturdays this fall; scholarships are available.

The Ballet School of Stamford has been the subject of praise and recognition from a variety of sources, including Dance Magazine, which ran an article about the school in its August issue. While recognition is always welcome, the school requires financial support to maintain itself, and that's what makes the Agabhumi fundraiser so important, said Etter.

"We promise to use your gift wisely to help young people achieve their goals," said Etter in a statement. "We would gladly talk with you about our programs and how they make a huge difference in the lives of children. This year we will award over $70,000 in scholarships."

The fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m. until closing. Some of the ballet students will model items during the event, which will feature catering by Libby Cooke and wines from Stamford Wine and Liquors.

For more information, call (888) 242-2254. To learn more about the ballet school, visit its web site at

www.balletschoolofstamford.org .

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