Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Blog

Events This Weekend

Filed under: community fundraising ideas — The Good Cookies @ 6:48 am September 18, 2010

There are over 40 Cookies for Kids’ Cancer events scheduled this weekend.

There is a team raising awareness with Thomas the Train in Pennsylvania. A handful of Gap and Old Navy stores in the Tampa, Florida area are hosting events. In North Carolina, there are events in small towns (Cramerton) and coastal towns (New Bern) and cities (Raleigh and Charlotte) and even a Speedway (Concord). There are events in Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Idaho, Maine, Missouri, Virginia, Washington state, Nebraska and Texas.

One particular team in Ringwood, New Jersey worked and worked and worked just to get a location. . .this team is relentless in their support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. This summer, they created a partnership between the Lakewood Blueclaws minor league baseball team and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. The team raised awareness and funds for our country’s #1 disease killer of kids while families enjoyed our country’s favorite pastime. This weekend, they are back at it again. . .so for all our New Jersey supporters get out this weekend and make a difference in pediatric cancer awareness month!

When? Tomorrow, September 19, 2010 from 8am to 4pm

Where? Goldberg’s Famous Bagels & Cafe, 55 Skyline Drive, Ringwood, NJ 07456

Towns?  Ringwood, Haskell, Oakland, Wanaque & Pompton Lakes

Plus a local preschool in Seacaucus will receive treats on Monday! Head out and make a difference!

Can’t make it to any of these events this weekend? VOTE FOR COOKIES FOR KIDS CANCER –! Vote every single day for the next 11 days. . .we want to win the $20k that will go straight to new treatments for pediatric cancer. And we want the pride of knowing we all came TOGETHER to support this disease!

Richmond Bake Sales Raise More than $30,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

Filed under: community fundraising ideas — Tags: , — The Good Cookies @ 12:37 pm September 13, 2010


Highest-grossing event in Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s Two-Year History

 Richmond, Va. (Sept. 13, 2010) – On August 22, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer™ founder and former Richmonder Gretchen Holt Witt received heart-breaking news regarding her son’s aggressive cancer and implored her friends to “pray for him and hold a bake sale.” Just 20 days later, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, dozens of corporate sponsors and the Richmond community, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Richmond organizers are proud to announce that bake sale events held on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 raised more than $33,000 for Witt’s nonprofit. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to the pediatric cancer research.


“Two years ago today, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer launched nationally, and I can’t think of a better way to mark the occasion than by announcing the results of our highest-grossing event to date,” said Witt. “I am so incredibly proud, humbled and not at all surprised that a group of hard-working and talented Richmonders could pull this off. To everyone who cared enough to get involved, I say ‘thank you.’ Clinical trials for promising treatments sit on the shelf for years because they lack modest amounts of funding. Efforts like yours truly make a difference in the battle against pediatric cancer.”


Thanks to a generous matching program by GLAD Products, the amount raised will be doubled. From September 1 through December 31, all funds raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through bake sales will be matched by GLAD, up to $200,000.


Several local businesses including CRT/tanaka (Witt’s former employer), WINN Transportation, the Mixing Bowl Pastry Shop, the Carytown Merchants Association, Ellwood Thompson’s, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Bon Secours supported the cause by donating volunteer hours, baking resources, monetary or coupon contributions and sales space. Massachusetts-based Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies also contributed 8,000 frozen gourmet cookies “pucks” to the effort.


The event was created and managed by three of Witt’s former Richmond co-workers: Wendy Martin, Jennifer Pounders and Michele Rhudy. Tina Pearlman, local Richmond project manager oversaw the industrial baking operations and food styling for the sale.


“This went from an idea to a community-wide event in 20 days,” said Martin. “Within 96 hours, we knew this was going to be huge. Virtually everyone we approached wanted to help in a meaningful way. After Saturday’s event, one of our Carytown site captains told me that several people had approached her, asking ‘How do you get to be involved in something like this?’ The energy, love and enthusiasm to help was overwhelming. Richmond, Virginia, you just provided the seed money for a clinical trial to help kids with cancer! Together, we just did that.”

 Richmonders can still donate money to the cause by visiting

Help us VOTE our way to $20,000, thanks to the Samsung Helmet of Hope for More Program

Filed under: corporate fundraising — Tags: — The Good Cookies @ 12:11 pm September 8, 2010

Jimmie Johnson Foundation Announces Samsung Helmet of Hope For More
will award additional $20,000 to one currently selected charity based on vote

The 2010 Samsung Helmet of Hope program will grant a total of $150,000

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2010) – The Jimmie Johnson Foundation is launching a brand new element to its Samsung Helmet of Hope program, announcing that one of the 12 charities selected to adorn Johnson’s race helmet will receive an additional $20,000.

The twelve Samsung Helmet of Hope charities that elected to participate each received a $10,000 grant and placement on Johnson’s Sprint Cup Series race helmet for the Oct. 10 event at Auto Club Speedway. Each charity will have the opportunity to Hope For More and win the additional funding through an online voting contest.

Individuals can vote once per day for their favorite Samsung Helmet of Hope charity at Voting begins Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. EDT and ends Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. EDT. The winning charity will be announced on Friday, October 1, 2010 at Kansas Speedway.

“We are amazed at the number of nominations we have received for this year’s program. There are so many great organizations helping children in need,” said Jimmie Johnson, four-time reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and co-founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. “In this economy, we know how important financial support is to these organizations. I would like to thank our friends at Samsung and Lowe’s for being such great partners and making this additional grant possible.”

In its third year, the Samsung Helmet of Hope program is a partnership of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Samsung and Lowe’s. Fans and media members across the country have the opportunity to nominate their children’s charity of choice to be featured on Johnson’s helmet for a select race. New this year, selected charities also automatically received a grant of $10,000. This partnership is part of the Samsung Hope for Children program, a corporate giving program that aligns athletes and retail partners to help children learn, live and thrive.

Johnson drew one winner from a list of media submissions and one from a list of fan submissions each race weekend for six weeks. Selected charities which are eligible for the additional funding include: Beads of Courage (Tucson, Ariz.), Hunter’s Hope Foundation (Orchard Park, N.Y.), Foundation for Faces of Children (Brookline, Mass.), The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation (Santa Barbara, Calif.), The Foundation in conjunction with the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Care Ring’s Nurse Family Partnership program (Charlotte, N.C.), Birthday Blessings (Charlotte, N.C.), Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (Califon, N.J.), Becky’s House of the YWCA San Diego (San Diego, C.A.), Second Harvest Food Bank Metrolina Kids Café program (Charlotte, N.C), Little Smiles (Wellington, Fla.) and Hendrick Marrow Program’s Transplant Grants for Kids (Concord, N.C.).

If you are interested in doing a story on Samsung Helmet of Hope or need more information, please contact Tara Gudger at or 704-714-4155.

Mark your calendars – HUGE Richmond Bake Sale, September 10th and 11th

Filed under: community fundraising ideas — Tags: , — The Good Cookies @ 11:30 am September 3, 2010


Richmond, Va. (Sept. 11, 2010) – Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit created by a former Richmond resident, has enabled everyday people raise more than one million dollars to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers. Through local bake sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer.

When the son of Cookies founder Gretchen Holt experienced a recent relapse, Holt called on friends across the nation to raise funds to fight cancer. Her former Richmond co-workers joined forces and, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, and several local business including CRT/tanaka, the Mixing Bowl, the Carytown Merchants Association and Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies, they are planning Richmond’s biggest bake sale.

Join us on Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. raise money for pediatric cancer research. To purchase cookies for the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cause, please visit:
• Six Carytown locations including: Kroger, Dogma, Carytown Cleaners, Ten Thousands Villages, 3100 West Cary Street and a Cookies Carry Out and Drive Thru at 2901 West Cary Street, across from the Byrd Theatre.
• Short Pump Wal-mart: 11400 West Broad Street, Glen Allen
• Sam’s Club: 901 Wal-Mart Way, Midlothian
• Kroger: 14101 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian
• Barnes & Noble: 5501 West Broad Street, Libbie Place (10-2 p.m.)

The day before the regional sale, Cookies for Kids Cancer’s first Mobile Bake Sale (a trolley donated by WINN Transportation) will make scheduled stops in downtown Richmond (12 – 1:30 p.m.) and at corporate offices throughout the area.

Learn more about the event on Facebook. Search for “Cookies for Kids Cancer Richmond.” To donate online, go to

The first Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale was held in December 2007, when the mom of a young child with cancer decided to have an enormous bake sale where she and others would sell 96,000 cookies to raise money to help fund a pediatric cancer treatment in development. With the help of more than 250 volunteers, all 96,000 cookies were baked and sold in just three weeks. The bake sale raised over $400,000. From the support the first bake sale received, the idea to create an organization for people to hold their own bake sales came to life with the creation of a national organization.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is not about one child or one type of pediatric cancer. It is about changing the facts of pediatric cancer for the better, forever. Childhood cancers are the number one disease killer of children – more than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and pediatric AIDS combined. Nearly 13,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Survivors of childhood cancer face a broad range of physical and psychological challenges imposed by the disease, and some will suffer its long-term effects for the rest of their lives. Despite all these statistics, there has not been a new drug developed specifically for pediatric cancer in 20 years.

Together we can raise the funds and awareness necessary to change the face of pediatric cancer research and to provide more families and children with the hope they deserve. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is committed to raising the funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. Make the future of pediatric cancers something more than a scary statistic. Join the fight because every child deserves a chance to live their dreams.

Visit to find how you can support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

30 Days for a Cure – Charlotte, NC

Filed under: community fundraising ideas — The Good Cookies @ 11:29 am September 1, 2010

Here it is! The full list of Charlotte businesses committed to making a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer by donating a % of their sales from one day during September which is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month!

The Days of September. . .and the businesses you can support who are supporting Cookies:

1 – Moe’s Southwest Grill on East Boulevard

2 – The Buttercup – Providence Road

3 – Owen’s Bagels and Deli on South Boulevard

4 – Kixx Shoes for Kids  – Woodlawn Road

5 – Bedford Falls Toys and Books – Park Road

6 – Which Wich – Park Road

7 – Smoothie King – East Blvd

8 – T. Reid & Co – by appt only – East Blvd

9 – Chic-fil-a – Woodlawn Road

10 – Qdoba – Woodlawn Road

11 – Alphabet Soup Gifts – Sharon Road

12 – Blackhawk Hardware – Park Road

13 – Black Forest Toys & Books – Cherokee Road

14 – Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream – Providence/Fairview/Woodlawn

15 – Just Fresh – East Blvd

16 – Flying Biscuit – Park Road

17 – Pizza Peel – Colwick Road

18 – Green with Envy – Central Ave

19 – Park Road Books – Park Rd

20 – Carolina Soda Shoppe – Park Rd

21 – Jewelology – by appt only – Woodlawn

22 – Yours Truly Knitting & Needlepoint

23 – Providence Road Sundries

24 – Omega Sports – Park Rd

25 – Milky Way – East Blvd

26 – Fuel Pizza – Park Road

27 – Polished Nail Bars – ALL LOCATIONS – by appointment only!

28 – Polished Nail Bars – ALL LOCATIONS – by appointment only!

29 – Mr. K’s – South Blvd

30 – City Art Works – Woodlawn