If you're invited to dinner by a Grandview Heights resident in the next week or so, there is a pretty good chance you might be served cake for dessert.

Cakes by the dozens will be won April 8 at the 68th annual Cake Walk.

The event, presented by the Grandview Band Parents Association, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Grandview Heights High School gym, 1587 W. Third Ave.

The Cake Walk serves as one of the major fundraisers for the Band Parents Association.

"All of the proceeds will go toward supporting our band program, both at the high school and middle school level," said Cathy Murphy, who is co-chairwoman of the event with Joanne Taylor.

The band parents have raised all the funds needed for purchasing new uniforms for the high school marching band, Murphy said.

"We'll now be concentrating on our main focus of helping pay the cost of band camp for students, paying for the repair and replacement of instruments and providing transportation for students to games," she said.

"The support from the community for our band uniform project was overwhelming," Murphy said. "This community always steps up to support our band and the band parents association."

The Cake Walk operates similar to a game of musical chairs. While the middle school or high school band plays, participants march around a ring. When the music stops, they sit in one of the chairs. A number is drawn and the person sitting in the chair with the corresponding number wins a cake.

Admission to the event is $1. Cake walk tickets cost 35 cents each or can be purchased three for $1.

"It's a inexpensive night of family fun, plus you get to hear the high school and middle school bands," said Laura Fitch, chairwoman of the event's silent auction of specialty cakes donated by area restaurants, businesses and bakeries.

"We'll have about 20 to 25 cakes up for bid," she said. "These are specialized cakes donated by places like La Chatelaine, The Avenue and Cap City. We'll also have a few pies in the auction."

The cakes for the regular Cake Walk game are donated by band parents, Murphy said.

"Every student participating in band has to bring in a cake," she said. "If a parent has three kids in band, they're asked to provide one cake for each of their children."

The event also will include concessions, games, a cake decorating contest and a 50/50 raffle.

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