Monday, November 16, 2009

"Cakes for a Cure" - American Cancer Society Relay for Life

As Thanksgiving approaches, we have so much to be thankful for. Aside from the love and support of our friends, family and each other, Rick and I have been counting our blessings recently, as many new and exciting opportunities have come our way. One in particular that we are very excited to be a part of is the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life "Cakes for a Cure" which is taking place on April 24, 2010 in Greenwood, S.C. The theme of this year's American Cancer Society is "More Birthdays: Creating a world with more birthdays" and what pairs up perfectly with birthdays? Cake!! Cake is synonymous with comfort, caring, celebration and commemoration, as is Music. Bringing together cake and music is the idea behind Greenwood, S.C.'s Relay for Life teams "Cakes for a Cure" fundraiser presented by Co-Chairs Patti Gagstetter and Valerie Hofstetter. This one day cake fundraising extravaganza in Greenwood will feature cake competitions, demonstrations, a "Showdown Challenge", concert, ice cream and cake social and an amazing 2010/2011 calendar of cake designers available only through "Cakes for a Cure".

Some of the enticing line-up of events include a cake competition with 20 categories to enter. Demonstrations by cake designers Norm Davis and Zane Beg, who will be making a 4 foot tall dress form cake with the cancer ribbon. Ashley Vicos will be demonstration air brushing techniques. The "Showdown Challenge" will be emceed by Ashley Vicos and will feature challengers from 3 states competing. And then there is the calendar and t-shirts, which, if you don't have the opportunity to get to Greenwood, S.C. for the event, you can still help support the cause and get a beautiful memento from the event.

cakelava was invited several months ago to be a part of this incredible event and we accepted the invitation right away for Rick to appear in the "Cakes for a Cure" 2010/2011 calendar. Rick, along with a number of other well-known industry cake artists throughout the nation will design and decorate a cake based on their theme "With a Song in My Heart". He will be selecting a song and designing a cake around it, to be presented in the calendar. The calendar will be available at the "Cakes for a Cure" event in South Carolina as well as through their website after the event. We felt honored to be asked to take part in such a worthwhile cause!

Unfortunately, we have weddings booked that weekend and are not able to fly out to Greenwood, S.C. to be a part of "Cakes for a Cure", but we and our cake (via the calendar) will be there in spirit to show our support. If you are wanting to contribute to this wonderful event, "Cakes for a Cure" has recently released t-shirts and aprons for you to purchase. For each t-shirt purchased, $6.50 will be donated to The American Cancer Society Relay for Life and $7.50 per apron will be donated. There are two designs to choose from: Design #1: "Surviving Cancer is Icing on the Cake" and Design #2: "Finding a Cure is No Cake Walk". Check out the Relay for Life, Greenwood chapter's website for all the information on this exciting event! Please help show your support by ordering t-shirts and aprons, and the calendars in the spring, which will in turn help more cancer survivors celebrate more birthdays!

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