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'Created Here' celebrates woman power

Georganne Hunter plays the harp at the Northland Country Club at the "Created Here" scholarship event. Between songs, Hunter spoke about the history of harp-playing in Ireland. She has been teaching and performing in Duluth for over 30 years. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger)1 / 3
Birding expert Laura Erickson autographs her book for Carol Kelly. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger)2 / 3
Pat Castellano, Jean Sramek and Cathy Podesza speak about their personal experiences in theater in the Twin Ports. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger)3 / 3

More than 140 attendees of the American Association of University Women Duluth Branch were entertained by local artists at the AAUW scholarship fundraiser on Nov. 6 at the Northland Country Club. "Created Here" was the theme of the fundraiser.

The goal of the event was to raise $4,000 for higher education scholarships for women. Three theater artists also shared their stories. Pat Castellano, Cathy Podesza and Jean Sramek spoke about their journey into theater as Twin Port residents. Birding expert Laura Erickson, a radio host and author, shared her personal story. She said that her grandfather's love of birds was a driving influence in her interest in birding.

Naomi Yaeger

Naomi Yaeger is a freelance writer and the former editor of the Budgeteer. See her blog at