Friends and neighbors of Maggie Buntaine, owner of Maggie's Original Cookie Company, will host a benefit dinner Saturday to help fund her fight against pancreatic cancer.

Brian Wilhite, owner of Missions Barber College, located next to Maggie's storefront on Prince Street in Conway, is a friend of Buntaine's and creator of the event.

Wilhite said the owner of the cookie company was diagnosed about two weeks ago, underwent surgery and is recovering in intensive care.

Wilhite described Buntaine as an unseen force in her community.

"A lot of people ask if there's really a Maggie to Maggie's cookies. I've known her for six years, and I go back in the kitchen to see her. You don't see her up front," said Wilhite. "She always has a smile on her face. She's fun to be around and if she stayed out front she'd probably give all her cookies away."

Buntaine's business started out on Washington Avenue 25 years ago.

The dinner and silent auction will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church, 1540 Trison Lane.

Donations are being accepted at Centennial Bank.

Tickets are available at Maggie's Original Cookie Company and at several businesses in Conway.

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