Enthusiasm is spreading

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 7:46 pm October 31, 2008

 

When the great team at Oxo held their first corporate bake sale (stay tuned, we’ll feature Oxo again soon), their passion  and desire to raise money for children’s cancers was clear. Oxo team member Kate Lubenskey’s personal enthusiasm spilled over into the great company event and the description of the sale that she passed along to us. Pour a cup of coffee, grab a yummy cookie and keep reading for some fun details about the Oxo event as well as tips for success.

 

“OXO’s first Cookies for Kid’s Cancer Bake Sale was a smashing success. We recruited ten employees from two departments and challenged each person to bake two items, attempting to feed our office of fifty employees. Response was very enthusiastic.

 

Baking skills ranged from expert to novice. We even had one person who doesn’t bake but bought pastries from a bakery so she could participate.  Since it was an office bake sale, we wanted people to start with breakfast items (scones, monkey bread, cinnamon rolls), have a cookie as a dessert after lunch (oatmeal, chocolate chip, peanut butter, chocolate, etc), and finish up with an afternoon snack of cupcakes or pudding (chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing, fresh banana pudding). 
By mid-morning, we realized we had way too much food for one office to consume, so we spread the word. We invited building neighbors to stop by and packed up a “to-go” basket for a mini bake sale at a friendly office on a different floor. Spreading out the wealth of sweets worked well. We almost doubled our money by sharing with another entire office. 

 

 

The biggest hits of the day were cupcakes, followed by cookies of all shapes and sizes.  One key to success was in not pricing anything – people were encouraged to give what they wanted. Many were very generous; one gentleman paid $20 for a scone! Treats that were small,  portable and easy to grab were the first to go, where items like monkey bread (albeit delicious) were harder to sell because it had to be cut and didn’t end up looking great after everyone carved their slices.
After raising almost $1000 (half of that through a matching donation), the enthusiasm is spreading. Now our team is talking with building management about hosting a building-wide bake sale in the lobby of our 14 floor office building. Our goal is to raise ten times our first amount. Every person on the baking team felt wonderful about being able to help, and the rest of the office enjoyed the labors of love.”

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is not about one type of pediatric cancer. We’re about changing the terrifying facts of children’s cancer for the better, forever. Every individual - event organizers, baker or donors –  who gets involved in a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fund raiser gets us all closer to a better treatment, a better statistic, a cure for pediatric cancer. Get involved and give every family in this fight a fighting chance.

 

If everyone does a little, together we will do a lot.

Filed under: Bake Sale — Tags: , — admin @ 9:29 pm October 23, 2008

Larry, Prince Liam, Princess Ella, and Gretchen

Larry, Prince Liam, Princess Ella, and Gretchen

You need more than yummy pastries to raise $2200 in an hour and a half. You need some good cookies. The Linens-N-Things headquarters in Passaic, NJ, is filled with many good cookies, including bake sale organizer Marcia Lemberg, VP for Merchandising.

 

When you talk to Marcia about the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale held recently at the LNT offices, you realize passion was a key ingredient to success. Marcia has known Liam’s family for years and follows Liam’s progress through the Prince Liam the Brave blog. When Gretchen made her birthday wish of 100 bake sales known, Marcia got busy making Gretchen’s wish come true.

She started with a simple email to the LNT staff, explaining Liam’s battle, the facts of pediatric cancer and the goal in mind. She emphasized Gretchen’s belief that if everyone does a little, together we will do a lot. When Marcia asked for support, more than 70 employees in the office committed to contribute. By the day of the bake sale, Marcia had organized sign-up sheets, a 50/50 raffle, a drawing for more than a dozen fabulous Linens-n-things door prizes and a beautiful display of tablecloth-covered buffets for the goodies.

Just a few of the many bake sale stories of generosity:

·         Donated items were more than just store-bought treats. Most of the items sold were home made by employees, including blueberry scones, hand-dipped chocolate pretzels and caramel apples, plus whole pies and cakes.

·         Every member of the executive committee came down to the bake sale and made a donation.

·         One of the MIS department leaders bought 100 cupcakes for his staff.

·         Another employee bought enough cupcakes to feed her 4th-grader’s class after their puppet show.

·         A donation jar raised more than $200, just from people who wanted to give.

·         The winner of the 50/50 raffle gave the $105 in winnings back to the cause.

·         At any given time, more than 100 employees were shopping for treats. EVERY SINGLE ITEM sold.

Marcia’s take-away from the event was pride in her colleagues. She said the bake sale and the cause puts life in perspective. She also has some great tips for future bake sale hosts:

1.    Be a hands-on organizer. Create a sign-up sheet for volunteers to track what people are bringing. Follow-up with each person a week before the event to discuss packaging, pricing and signs.

2.    Wrap all items. Customers like to grab and go.

3.    Provide shopping bags. Customers can collect several small items more easily.

4.    Encourage bakers to bring their items arranged in pretty baskets.

5.    Non-bakers are welcome! Remind eager volunteers to ask local bakeries for their support.

6.    Diversify. Marcia also encouraged co-workers to consider selling their used books at www.cash4books.net. The website buys your books and pays for shipping, enabling sellers to both de-clutter and raise Cookies for Kids’ Cancer money.

If everyone who hears about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer held a bake sale, together we will change the facts of pediatric cancer for the better, forever.

One of hundreds. . .

Filed under: Bake Sale — Tags: , , — admin @ 7:56 pm October 21, 2008

Be a good cookie. . .like Grier!

Be a good cookie. . .like Grier!

Welcome to the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer blog. Hooray! It’s up! You have no idea how excited we at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer are to post our first bake sale story. Bake sale stories are what we are all about. The entire purpose of this blog is to tell the inspiring and amazing stories of people all over the world (yep, I said it, WORLD) who are holding bake sales to raise money for our cause and our purpose – children’s cancer research and treatment. We hope you find yourself in this spot again and again and again. . .to be inspired and driven to do everything you can to support and spread the word about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Now, without further adieu. . .the story of a bake sale. . .

 

 

Amy Christenbury had two great reasons to host a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale. The first reason: to help fulfill Cookies founder Gretchen’s birthday wish for 100 people to commit to hosting a bake sale for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Amy not only said she would host a bake sale, she recruited her best friend in Wilmington to host one as well (more on that inspiring bake sale soon).

The second reason: Amy’s 4-year-old son Grier is currently fighting his own battle with Neuroblastoma, the same deadly pediatric cancer Gretchen’s son Liam is battling. That’s right – Amy is a warrior mom – she’s in the midst of an enormous battle against a mean and ugly disease. Amy knows the fears, stresses and ongoing anxieties of pediatric cancer all too well. But you know what? Amy also knows she wants to do whatever it takes to raise the funds needed to find better, safer treatments and a cure for all kinds of children’s cancers. So she jumped at the chance to grant Gretchen’s birthday wish.

With the enthusiastic help of members of Team “Go Grier Go,” as well as donations from supporters all over Charlotte, Amy hosted a bake sale the weekend of September 20-21, during the annual Festival in the Park located just across the street from her house. Pedestrian traffic going in and out of the festival bought everything from lemon bars and bright blue cupcakes to bottles of water. At the end of the marathon, two-day bake sale, Amy’s bake sale team had raised over $2000. And guess what? Her husband’s company is planning to MATCH dollar-for-dollar the funds raised. Now we’re talking about AMAZING cookies.

Here are some of the “Go Grier Go!” team’s tips for a successful bake sale:

  1. Shout it from the rooftops! Tell people in advance about your bake sale – when, where, why. Send out an email letting everyone know and get them to forward it on!
  2. Make life easier and use the files on the Cookies website to make signs, posters, stickers and labels for your bake sale. Go to Staples or Kinkos to make them larger. Great signs attract more customers.
  3. Ask your local bake shops to donate their leftovers to the sale. Two local shops were willing to help.
  4. Label ALL cookies. People will ask what everything is, so save your voice and make labels.
  5. KEEP IT SIMPLE when you bake – stick with the standbys. Chocolate chip cookies were by far the favorite.
  6. NO nuts! Many people have severe peanut allergies. Keep your bake sale peanut, pecan and walnut free to avoid losing customers.
  7. Decorate the goodies – bright colors on cookies and cupcakes attract kids.
  8. Cake slices are popular. If whole cakes are not selling, slice them into individual servings.
  9. RECRUIT KIDS! They have energy and can sell anything. They love to help so let them be your cheerleaders!

Amy’s bake sale is one of hundreds of bake sales we plan to feature on this blog. Grier is one of hundreds and thousands of kids we are in this fight for. YOU are one of hundreds who will make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer. We hope you come back. . .

10 Tips For A Successful Bake Sale

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 1:17 pm October 15, 2008

For our first post, we want to share the top 10 tips for a holding a successful bake sale according to Jackie Plant. Jackie Plant is currently the Food and Nutrition Director at Woman’s Day magazine. Previously she was the senior food editor at Parents Magazine. She livesin New Jersey with her husband, daughter and two puppies. Jackie raised over $3,000 at her most recent bake sale in honor of Liam in just a matter of a few hours!

1. Signage Counts: Make plenty of signs. Use white boards with a strong colorful font. Keep the message short. Attach some signs to wooden sticks (paint sticks work great) for hand held attraction.

2. Set a Table: Cover tables with colorful tablecloths. Use cake stands to give height to cupcakes or bar cookies. Show treats on plastic colored trays (Target has cool colors). Flowers in metal cans add a nice touch.

3. Pop-up a Tent (or Umbrella): Keep your baked goods and sales force from melting under the heat of the sun or dripping wet with rain.

4. Hot or Cold Beverage: If budgets permit, put out a free box of Joe (coffee) with cups, milk, and sugar. It’s all part of the giving spirit.

5. Small Change: Have plenty of small bills to make change. Also, put one person in charge of collecting and holding onto the money.

6. Give a Cheer: If your bake sale is set up in a high traffic area, get some kids (with parental supervision) to carry buckets with signs just for cash donations. Create a cheer for the kids to sing out—“Cookies for a Cure, Help Beat Children’s Cancer”.

7. The Price is Right: Don’t under price. People aren’t looking for a deal as much as wanting to make a contribution.

8. Customize: No time to bake, no problem. Go to the supermarket and pick up ready-made cupcakes. For a homemade look, just roll the sides of the frosting in colorful sprinkles. Or shake confectioners’ sugar over a batch of bakery brownies: any of these will do quite nicely, Variety is also important. Try to include cookies, cupcakes, cakes, (whole and sliced), bar cookies, no-bake fudge, crispy rice treats, or bags of popcorn.

9. Decorative Designs: Add a Bit of Bling to the treats that you’re selling. Sprinkles, candy pieces, colored sugar will brighten up any baked goods.

10. A Sincere Thank You: Look every person who contributes in the eye and thank him or her from the bottom of your heart for supporting yourCookiesfor Kids’ Cancer bake sale.