This may come as no surprise to you, but baked goods are powerful little beings. I wasn’t really aware of this until last year, when I participated in the first annual Bake for Hope by organizing a bake sale at my office.
I mean, sure, cookies and brownies and cupcakes have a powerful hold on me personally. It’s like they know my name and call out to me. A dessert table is like a pageant of goodies, each one competing with the next for best in show. Picking the winner would be extremely difficult, but I’m usually up for the challenge. It starts a carefully selected first bite, but then I can’t stop! Of course, it wouldn’t be fair to try THAT one but not THIS one. And so on. And at some point I inevitably go back to try my favorites again. Because it would be a complete shame to leave those morsels uneaten. Clearly that’s the power of baked goods and not my own personal issues with sweet treats ;) But I digress.
The real power of baked goods is their ability to bring people together, put smiles on their faces, and get them to open their wallets for a great cause. The BFH recognizes and encourages people all over the country to hold bake sales in the week prior to Mothers Day, with all proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Buying baked goods to save boobs? Most people can get on board with that!
Last year our office fundraiser collected about $2800, and this year we surpassed that with $3015. Here are just a sampling of the goodies people prepared!
Sugar cookies in decorated flower pots, banana chocolate chip cookies, coconut bars, baklava, marshmallow-fondant covered mini cakes, baklava, raspberry streusel bars, cheesecake squares, chocolate dipped biscotti, and seashell amaretto cookies were just a few of the favorites among hundreds of other cookies, brownies and treats that were sold. Yours truly provided Baileys Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes, Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes, Dark Chocolate Pistachio Tarts and Strawberry Crumb Tarts.
Also helping us reach that total? A raffle which included 100 prizes ranging from gift cards to local restaurants, handmade treasures some of our very talented employees and family members, company merchandise, a round of golf and a night at a hotel in Boston.
Here I am pictured above with just a few of my coworkers who helped make this possible. No way could I have done all that baking and obtained all of those donations on my own! It takes a bit of work and I’ll admit to some frustrations along the way, but it’s definitely worth it in the end, knowing that we are helping so many people who have been or will be affected by breast cancer. The event has been so well received at our site, with people lining up before the start of the sale to get the best selection of goodies. The day is a special one, with the cafeteria decked out in pink flowers and everyone happily making their purchases and in many cases, telling us to keep the change. It’s been just two years, but I can already tell you that this is a tradition people will look forward to for years to come.
Have you heard of Bake for Hope before? Would you like to hold a Bake for Hope bake sale next year? What are your best tips for holding a bake sale?