July 4th bake sale – Amagansett, NY

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 7:56 pm June 22, 2009

On Saturday, July 4th, the residents of Amagansett, NY will have the chance to celebrate our nation’s birthday with a special treat for a special cause. Cookies, brownies, cupcakes and more will be ready to devour – with all proceeds going to pediatric cancer research through Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

When: 9am-1pm

Where: 44 Hedges Lane, Amagansett, NY

Hosted by: Some very Good Cookies

If you would like learn more or to help with this bake sale, please find us on Facebook and send us a message. Cookies has both a group (with more than 1000 members!) and a page where you can become a “fan” of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Come along and be a Good Cookie, too!

A few updates. . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 6:43 pm June 18, 2009

1. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is hoping to have 50 bake sales (at least one per state) in the month of September to raise awareness. We hope, more than anything, you will put it on your calendar NOW to host a bake sale.

2. When you set a date for your bake sale, please REGISTER on our site. When you register your bake sale, we can help you by posting information on our blog, our Facebook page and on Twitter. We are thrilled to help promote your bake sale.

3. Daunted by the idea of a bake sale? Don’t go it alone. Just today I emailed with an amazing good cookie up in Pennsylvania who hosted a bake sale last year on Election Day. Now she’s working with a local restaurant to have a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer night. For every customer who comes in that day with a flyer about Cookies, the restaurant will donate 10% of the check to our organization. It’s that easy.

4. Speaking of how we can help you, please help us keep you up to speed on what’s happening here at Cookies by joining our Facebook page! We have a Facebook group with more than 950 members. Our hope now is to get all 950+ members to make the jump to the Facebook page, then grow and grow and grow from there.

5. We need your love, support and enthusiasm now more than ever. Liam Witt, the inspiration for his parents to create Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, began another round of chemotherapy this week as a result of a relapse of neuroblastoma. This news has been shocking to the Cookies team – beyond hard to believe and truly heart wrenching. The idea behind Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was to raise money to find the best treatments and cures for pediatric cancer. The cures cannot get here fast enough. The most important ways to support Cookies and Liam right now include: 1) prayers and positive energy and hope sent his way; 2) start planning now to host a bake sale in September or whenever works for you; 3) send us your stories and pictures about bake sales you’ve hosted; 4) purchase cookies through the website to help spread the word all over the world about helping kids like Liam who simply need a cure.

Thank you – for coming to the blog, for showing your support, for being a good cookie.

The Mother of All Bake Sales

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 10:29 am June 13, 2009

Quite literally, it was the mother of all bake sales. On Mother’s Day weekend in New York City, more than $20,000 was raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. And while you can rest assured this was not your typical sidewalk bake sale – this event was the masterpiece of multiple groups, organizations and businesses in Manhattan, coming together to support pediatric cancer research – more than anything this enormous sale brought the spirit of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s mission to life for one lovely day in the spring.

A key organizer for the event was Chelsey Ingenito Fields, who coordinated the efforts of bakers, sponsors and volunteers to make the event a success. Afterward, she shared some tips with us for future bake sale organizers – no matter your goals because every dollar counts. Please take the time to read her ideas. Email us when you are ready to host your own bake sale!

Some Tips-(though you have the most AMAZING directions on the site already!!!)

I think we were successful because we had:

DELICIOUS and QUALITY baked goods,

AGGRESSIVE sellers,

GREAT location!

 

We set up right by a playground and in a MAIN thoroughfare of the park.  

We had people floating through other areas of the park with signs on yard sticks telling people that we were on the other side of the park.

We broke up some bags and offered tasters to passersbys and then lured them in for the sale.

We found out about local children events/sample sales and sent people over there with signs to lure them over and bags of cookies to sell directly there.

We created an event theme with activities to help bring people to the Sale.  Bake sale with family activities honoring mothers – Happy Mothers Day.

We had “Decorate Your Cookie” and “Decorate a Mother’s Day Card” tables.  

We sold raffle tickets too.  (All three of these were 1 for $3 and 2 for $5)  I wanted to also try to get kids tattoos and face painting, but couldn’t find the sponsors.  

 

We made large signs so there was less explaining necessary, more selling. We explained that ALL proceeds went to pediatric cancer research.  We used Kraft paper to cover the tables and ANYTHING else!

 

EVERYTHING got the brown cookies stickers.  I think this is super important too, for branding!  

 

We sold cookies for 2 for $3, 4 for $6, 6 for $8 and 12 for $15

Cupcakes were $3 and specialty items depended, but all higher than $3.

I assume we had over 500+bags of items.

 

We had baked good donators, which we called “good cookies” and added them to the flyers, signage, and stickers which we put onto the back of each bag. We also made stickers for people to write on or send through the computer for people to describe the types of cookies.  This helps a lot, especially with the volume of variety we had.

 

One thing I tried to do was get official sponsors of the event for signage and invites.  I just didn’t end up having the time to work it. This could have brought in large sums of $ prior to the event. (i.e: local cleaners looking for some local advertising or even larger corporations based locally to support the community)   We did have a couple of sponsors, which paid for the signage and miscellaneous.  

 

We could have used more vegan and gluten free items, but that might just be a geographical consideration. We were smack in the center of Greenwich Village.

 

For a BIG sale, I would recommend a coordinator with a team:

one person manages bakers, (and encourage community baking parties so everyone feels like they are involved)

one person manages selling,

one person manages raffles and sponsors

one person manages printing of signs, flyers, supplies and miscellaneous (someone with a graphics connection)

One person manages PR – we were lucky that a connection with a PR company gave us a pro-bono effort

 

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