Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Hazards of Planning a Cake Auction

I decided to step up this year as the leader of my company's Relay for Life team. That involves after-work meetings, in-house meetings, fundraising events and finally the Relay on April 15. It's been a little bit of extra work, but I have great teammates who help plan and push us toward reaching our fundraising goals.

Our first fundraiser was this past Friday. We held a Cake Auction (food fundraisers go over very well at our office!) and 24 cakes were made and donated by employees.

I will go ahead and confess that I was a slacker and didn't bake my own cake, but what I brought was far better than anything I could have made. Marie, the wonderful lady who made Ty's groom's cake, agreed to make both a chocolate and a strawberry cake for the auction. Not only is Marie the best baker in the world, she's the kindest and most generous, too. She also made little individual cakes for me and Ty to have, which was a very good thing or else the cakes may have not made it to the auction.

This is the very meaning of the word "temptation."

And if that wasn't enough, this heavenly chocolate cake was sitting on the kitchen counter for me to lust after.

If Marie would do it, I would contract her to make me a cake each week for a year. At the end of that year, it's likely that walls would have to be knocked down to air lift me to medical care. But up until that point, it would be a very good year.

The cake auction ended up bringing in $1,356 for the American Cancer Society. I didn't know cake could do all that! It helps that I work with a group of very generous people who get caught up in charitable giving. Marie's strawberry cake was the highest moneymaker of the day, selling for $115, and her chocolate cake went for $50.

If you'd like to make a donation to our Relay for Life team, click here, and select "donate to our team." My company has agreed to match whatever money is raised, so if you make a $10 donation, it's actually $20!

Cake or no cake, it's fun to give. I'm just sparing you some calories!


Kristen said...

Way to go! Sounds like it was a VERY successful fundraiser!

Stephanie Jordan said...

I credit the unspoken power of cake!

Meryl & Russell McLendon said...

That's great, Stephanie! Good work with all the planning & for a very, very good cause. =)