Guest Blogger: Sheila G. Mains Dishes About Her Favorite Bake Sale

Filed under: Bake Sale,Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies — admin @ 9:37 am September 19, 2014

 

Founder and creator of Brownie Brittle and long-time supporter of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Sheila G. Mains took a few moments to share her thoughts after Team Brownie Brittle and celebrity Jaime King co-hosted a CFKC bake sale in LA during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Sheila G and company, we are so grateful for your steadfast support!

My Favorite Bake Sale

Sheila and Jaime best picIt’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. If ever there were two words that should NEVER be in the same sentence together, they are “childhood” and “cancer.” And the fact that there is a month dedicated to the awareness of kids and cancer tells you just how far we still have to go. That’s why this blog is dedicated to our unrelenting commitment to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, founded by Gretchen and Larry Witt.

This month, Team Brownie Brittle and I were thrilled to roll up our sleeves to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer with a bake sale in Los Angeles. And we weren’t alone. We were lucky enough to co-host the Bake Sale with celebrity Jaime King.

It was clear fromJaime King the moment I met Jaime King that she felt a huge connection to this cause, even bringing her own toddler son (who is too cute for words) and husband along. Jaime had injured her leg recently while on set filming and was in such pain, but she didn’t let that stop her (in high heels no less – amazing) from giving everything she could to make this a successful event. She is a trooper!

We’re so grateful to have raised thousands of dollars thanks to the generosity of so many. And, yes, I must name those people!

Rachel Krupa, the Krupa Consulting team (Julia, Melissa, etc) and Adam Cohen — you consistently go above and beyond. I watched you giving your all this weekend and was reminded why we’re connected. You made the weekend a huge success. Adam — special thanks to you again as you are the one who first introduced me to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and I’m eternally grateful for that.

And thanks to Jenna Helton and her boyfriend’s family who worked non-stop at this event. We needed the help and are extremely grateful.

Manouschka Guerrier (an outstanding chef) and her support team outdid themselves! These are students in the Careers in Culinary Arts Program (CCAP, headquartered at Colt’s Kitchen in Carson, CA). Not only were their hearts in the right place, but their cookies were phenomenal. So much dedication and deliciousness came out of this team! Sheila & Gretchen

And I must thank Gretchen and Larry Witt.  Through the loss of your own dear son, Liam, you were put on a path to help save and extend the lives of thousands of children stricken with cancer. You’ve allowed mothers and fathers the opportunity to hold onto their dreams for their own children, keeping them healthier and giving them chances that weren’t possible only a few short years ago. You are angels among us along with Bella and Liam. Love Like Liam and Live Like Bella. And I am personally grateful to be able to create this legacy for my stepson Scott who lost his battle with a latent form of pediatric cancer in 2012. Gretchen, you and Larry are the heart and soul of this organization, and we are thrilled to be your partners on this journey.

You can support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in a variety of ways, from purchasing products on their site, hosting your own bake sales, attending a bake sale in your area, or by purchasing our products. You will see in our newly redesigned packaging that we prominently display the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer logo on the backs of all of our bags.  Our goal is to raise awareness and dollars with our $100,000 annual commitment to this amazing organization.

I know you are ALL #GoodCookies!

Sheila G SignatureBB_bag

A Good Cookie Birthday

Filed under: Bake Sale,Birthdays,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 12:40 pm June 25, 2014

Miller made his 10th birthday extra special by GIVING it to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!

Shared by Miller’s mom Joanna

Every year around the middle of March, I start asking my son what he would like to do to celebrate his birthday in April. His answers typically consist of things such as laser tag, bowling or another similar out-of-the-house event. Really, whatever option has the potential for providing the most birthday loot is his likely choice.

This year, however, his birthday coincided with our annual neighborhood yard sale and his answer to my question was surprisingly different.

Miller Kunz thumbHe said, “How about if I have a bake sale and raise money for kids with cancer?”

He went on to explain, “If the yard sale is the same day as my birthday AND we have a bake sale, there will be tons of people who will want to buy cookies.”  He added, “I can invite my friends to help and if they can’t come, they can bake cookies.” Miller is not one who likes to draw attention to himself, but he does love attention. So hosting a bake sale on a day that there would be lots of foot traffic in front of our home would suit him well! He could promote his event through e-mail, Facebook and flyers at school.

Having participated in several Cookies for Kids’ Cancer events before, I knew a bake sale would be the perfect fit for my 10-year-old’s first fundraising venture. With the help of some neighborhood friends, we made signs and banners and promoted the event for a couple of weeks. We distributed flyers at school, created a fundraising page to solicit cookie donations, and promoted the bake sale via Facebook and e-mail. By the morning of the bake sale, we had a garage full of cookies and other baked goodies.

We were blessed with beautiful weather for the big day and had a steady flow of customers. So many people helped us by baking cookies, and out of town friends and family were able to participate by donating to the personal fundraising page we set up. Miller’s friends and family raised $900 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in honor of his 10th birthday!

His event was a huge success and he learned an important life lesson: it feels so good to give your time and energy to a worthy cause….even on your own birthday.

Let Miller’s sweet idea inspire you to GIVE your birthday to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this year! It’s a simple, fun way to make a big difference. For tons of helpful bake sale tips and inspiration, click here. Be sure to take a peek at other ways to #BeaGoodCookie!

Cooking Light “Bakes a Second Batch” for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Filed under: Bake Sale,Cookies in the News,Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 9:55 am December 17, 2013

In their December issue, Cooking Light kicked off a new initiative called “Bake a Second Batch,” which encourages consumers to do more “from-the-heart” baking to give to those in need (or even to those in need of a little lift). To get it started members of the Cooking Light team in New York City baked second batches to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!

Cooking Light, Bake a Second Batch, Cookies for Kids' CancerWith the help of more than 100 Time Inc. and GroupM employees, Cooking Light donated 1,896 packages of baked goods for 24 Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sales across the country during the week of December 9.

These 24 bake sales have raised $10,000 for pediatric cancer research to date (the funds are still coming in!). Thanks to ALL the Good Cookies who hosted bake sales as part of the #BakeASecondBatch initiative.

Be inspired to #BakeABecondBatch this holiday! Sign up to host a bake sale or cookie exchange with friends and family. Events can be as simple as baking holiday treats and offering them to colleagues, classmates or neighbors in exchange for donations! Sign up to host your event TODAY. And don’t forget to share photos and updates with us on social media using the #BakeASecondBatch hashtag too!

Photo 1There’s also a social media photo contest in which Cooking Light is inviting consumers to share their second-batch photos to win $500.  Consumers can submit their photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #BakeASecondBatch.  To learn more, go to www.CookingLight.com/BakeASecondBatch.

How-To:
Host a Holiday Cookie Swap

Filed under: Bake Sale,Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 12:35 pm November 25, 2013

Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 - Cookies for Kids' CancerThe Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is an annual event that brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of scrumptious treats, as well as to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Organized by Love & Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen, the idea is simple – and the difference adds up. We’re thrilled to say that the food bloggers raised $14,000 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this year!

In honor of their efforts, and to inspire everyone to Be a Good Cookie™ during this season of giving, we’re sharing a how-to for hosting your own cookie exchange this December. If we all do a little, it truly adds up to a lot.

Here are simple steps to organizing your own cookie exchange:

    Cookies for Kids' Cancer Holiday Cookie Swap
  1. Make a guest list of anyone you can ask to join. You may choose to host a get-together where guests physically exchange cookies, or you may choose to host it online and open it up to those further away. Or do both! Either way, we’re here to help – and can even set up a personal fundraising page for you.
  2. Ask each person to make a small donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer when they sign up or RSVP. To keep things organized, we recommend directing guests to donate through a personal fundraising page on our website OR collecting checks/cash from participants and mailing funds in at once. How much you choose to ask is up to you.
  3. Select cookie recipes and get baking! Decide how many cookies each participant should bake. If you’re hosting a get-together, tell everyone to bring their cookies with them. For virtual events, collect each participant’s name and address in a spreadsheet, select a swapper for each swappee, and give each of them the other’s information.
  4. Holiday Cookie Swap - Cookies for Kids' Cancer
  5. Swap the cookies!How you swap is up to you! Some choose to do traditional cookie swaps, where guests walk around a table, selecting one cookie per plate the first round, two from each the second round, and so on. You could also choose to swap recipes, make a game of it, or provide each participant with another’s name and address, and have them bake and send cookies to each other. If you need guidance or ideas, just ask!

Cookies for Kids' Cancer Holiday Cookie Exchange, Glad, OXORegardless of how or where you swap, you can do TWICE THE GOOD in December! Our corporate partners Glad, OXO and King Arthur Flour are ALL matching funds raised at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer events this month. Simply select one of them as your inspiration when you register your event, and you automatically DOUBLE your fundraising power!

Sign up to host a holiday cookie swap TODAY!

Have questions or looking for a bit of baking or event inspiration? Email events@cookiesforkidscancer.org.

Happy baking!

The Glad Match is Back!

Filed under: Bake Sale,Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 10:09 am November 18, 2013

Glad to Give - Cookies for Kids' CancerGlad’s annual match is back to inspire you to get in the spirit of giving and make a difference this holiday season.

This December, Glad will match ALL funds raised at bake sales and other Good Cookie events, up to $25,000, giving you the opportunity to double your fundraising power!

Since 2009, Glad has supported Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and in our efforts to raise funds for research to find safer, more effective pediatric cancer treatments. They’ve helped inspire thousands of Good Cookies to host events, which have raised more than $1 million so far.

What started as a simple idea – for Good Cookies to use Glad products to organize and store their baked goods – has transformed into a nationwide movement to pay it forward, and to inspire people to do what they love to help fight pediatric cancer during this season of giving.

NOW is the time to get involved. We’re calling on you to rise to the occasion to make every cookie count this holiday season by taking advantage of Glad’s gift.

Remember, every dollar counts. Events come in all shapes and sizes, from collecting change at school to bake sales and cookie exchanges, and even 5Ks. No event is too small to make a difference, and if we all do a little, it adds up to a lot. Together, we CAN change the facts of childhood cancers forever.

So, Be a Good Cookie™ – Sign up to host a December bake sale or event TODAY.

If you’re looking for holiday event ideas or inspiration, simply email us at events@cookiesforkidscancer.org. We’re here to answer any questions you have, and can provide you with the tools and resources you need to ensure your event is a success!

SNEAK PEEK: Glad has something special up their sleeve for Good Cookies! Stayed tuned for a special announcement coming soon!

Good Cookie Spotlight:
Marilyn Berney

Filed under: Bake Sale,blog,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 6:56 am October 1, 2013

Westfield, NJ Annual Bake Sale

For the 3rd year in a row, Marilyn Berney rallied her group of Good Cookies together to host their annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale in Westfield, NJ.

Held at the town’s “Fest-i-Fall”, this year the group was determined to raise more funds for pediatric cancer research than ever. And they succeeded, surpassing their own fundraising goal.

“We have seen an abundance of local community support.  If you stop for a minute and listen, everyone is unfortunately affected in some way by cancer,” says Marilyn.

If we each do a little, we achieve so much.”  From personal experience, she sees that many people want to help by more than writing a check. Hosting a community bake sale truly brings people together.

This year, dozens of dedicated volunteers baked, packaged goods, took turns working the booth and even secured 19 sponsors for the event! Baked goods of all kinds (you name it, they had it!) were donated by area bakeries and restaurants, including Bovella’s, Vacarro’s, Panera, Nordstrom Café, Carlo’s Bakery and Trader Joe’s. Other sponsors included, from Costco to Staples to Shop Rite, proved that nearly the entire town was on board to show their support.

And though the annual event is over, Marilyn and her Good Cookies are continuing to raise funds and awareness. Now through October 27, when they hold their “Westfield’s Girls’ Night Out” event, they’re selling paper cookies in exchange for donations. They’re even hosting an additional bake sale on the day of to bring in additional funds!

“On Sunday, I had the honor of meeting and working with so many people in the community who are dedicated to finding a cure to eradicate this disease….and we get to help in a very sweet way. I could not have pulled this event off (again) without the help of my husband, Mike, and some very “good cookies”: Amy Radick, Kerri Proper, Sasha Proper (age 8), Aiden Donahue (age 13), Marcia Lemberg, Carol Goggi, and Jackie Plant. Be sure that we THANK EACH PERSON who donated time, cookies and money to this cause from the bottom of our hearts.”

– Marilyn Berney

Kick Summer Boredom

Filed under: Bake Sale,Good Cookies,Inspire,Uncategorized — admin @ 10:31 am July 9, 2013

While the first weeks of summer fly by with vacations, camps and days at the pool, there comes a point where activities to keep the kids entertained aren’t easy to find. But with these five ways to kick summer boredom, your family can keep busy and give back at the same time.

1. Switch Up the Menu

Summer is a great time to get creative with recipes, especially since colorful refreshing fruit like watermelon is in season.

The opportunities for summer treats are endless. Like these easy-to-make watermelon “cookies,” sure to be a hit at any bake sale. Get more summer recipe ideas by following Cookies for Kids’ Cancer on Pinterest.

Share your favorite summer event ideas with us on Twitter and Facebook too!

2. Bring in the Troops

Planning a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fundraiser with a Girl Scout troop is a great way for the group to have fun, bond and get involved with the community.

Additionally, any Girl Scout troop that holds a bake sale or other fundraising event will receive special Cookies for Kids’ Cancer patches for their support.

Ask about getting a troop involved today!

3. Have a Car Wash

On a hot summer day, nothing feels better than splashing in the water. Next time you’re thinking about heading to the pool or turning on the sprinklers, hold a car wash instead.

Not only will the kids enjoy decorating signs and posters, but they’ll have fun in the water, all while raising much-needed funds for pediatric cancer research.

Sign up to host an event today!

4. Start a New Tradition

Follow the lead of these Good Cookies in the Hamptons, who just held their FOURTH annual 4th of July bake sale for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Independence Day may be over, but Labor Day will be here before you know it.

National Kids’ Day and Founders’ Day are in August as well. Think about some holidays or occasions coming up this summer and celebrate by starting a new Good Cookie tradition.

5. Involve Local Businesses

Good Cookies host events in all shapes and sizes, and no effort is too small to make a difference. If you find yourself with time to spare or could use something already planned to raise funds, take advantage of the opportunity.

Many businesses offer discounted prices for charity fundraisers, and will even donate items for your event. Organize a percentage night at a local burger hang-out or ice cream shop. Turn a birthday party at the bowling alley into fundraiser. Every dollar counts.

Corporate Good Cookies Share the Love this February

Filed under: Bake Sale,Inspire,Uncategorized — admin @ 12:24 pm January 15, 2013

As we approach Valentine’s Day, we have a very special goal: To have at least one bake sale in every state during the month of February.

Valentine’s Day was Liam’s favorite day. To honor him and children everywhere battling cancer, we’re asking Good Cookies from coast to coast to “Love like Liam” and host an event this February. $100,000 is all it takes to get a research project off the ground. Imagine what could be accomplished if the entire country rallied together for the ultimate bake sale.

And this Valentine’s Day, we have special support from our newest corporate partner with Italian glassware company Bormioli Rocco. To sweeten the launch of this new relationship and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Bormioli Rocco is matching every dollar raised, up to $25,000, at February Cookies for Kids’ Cancer events!

Bormioli Rocco is giving more than a match. The FIRST 100 Good Cookies to register a February event will receive a 4-piece set of Bormioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni Jars, complete with a gift kit. We LOVE these classic canning jars. They’re perfect for filling with dry ingredients and giving as ready-to-make recipe gifts.

Up for a Challenge? Breville and OXO are giving two very delectable reasons to aim high this February. The TOP 10 fundraisers of the month will each receive a Breville Smart Oven AND an OXO Cookie Press, complete with 12 design plates for any occasion!

Register your February event today!

Don’t Bake? No Problem!

Filed under: Bake Sale,Donations,Inspire,Uncategorized — admin @ 10:51 am October 30, 2012

Don’t bake? Don’t have time to host an event?  Maria Potter is proof that you can still make a HUGE difference through a virtual bake sale!

Maria first heard about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer online when she read about the organization’s founder, Gretchen Witt. Like Gretchen, Maria also had a son diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age two.

Inspired by her son, Kasper, getting a healthy report from the doctor, Maria quickly decided to give back by supporting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and pediatric cancer research. She chose to hold the fundraising campaign during May with Mother’s Day right around the corner. She  hoped to celebrate her thankfulness for Kasper’s good health.

“After knowing the horrors of pediatric cancer treatments first hand, I believe I can never rest until there are treatments available to save all children diagnosed,” Maria explained.

With a very tiny kitchen and little time on her hands, Maria decided to set up a giving page titled “Virtual Cookies of Hope”. She set a lofty goal of raising $10,000, hoping to inspire people to give more. Maria was overwhelmed with happiness when she had over 113 donations roll in ranging from $10 to over $2,200, bringing her total to $11,435.

Maria promoted her bake sale through Facebook and e-mails. She wrote letters explaining why she was motivated to make a difference in this organization. At the end of her fundraising campaign, Maria had yet to reach her goal. One quick, last-minute e-mail changed everything: a generous woman donated $2,220 to her giving page!

“I was touched to tears by her stunning generosity, and at the same time, I felt enormous joy to have been able to raise so much money for pediatric cancer research,” said Maria.

A few days later, Maria celebrated Mother’s Day with Kasper. She was extremely thankful for the support of so many generous people who simply wanted to bring HOPE to children like Kasper who battle pediatric cancer.

Interested in hosting your own virtual bake sale? Follow the link to create your own giving page.

Meggie Smith: How to Host a Successful Bake Sale

Filed under: Bake Sale,Inspire — admin @ 1:04 pm October 29, 2012

Today’s guest blogger, Meggie Smith is a fourth year medical student at New York University.  As a past bake sale host, Meggie offers her tips for how to host a successful bake sale.

My life has crisscrossed with pediatric cancer more times that I would have liked. In 1991, my brother passed due to complications from neuroblastoma, the same type of cancer that took Liam Witt’s life. In addition, a girl in my preschool class had a below the knee amputation due to cancer, my high school best friend’s sister had a brain tumor, and, most recently, my brother’s tennis buddy has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. Thus, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a charity I am passionate about.

Last year, I hosted a bake sale for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, raising $1,200 for pediatric cancer research. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a charity started by my friend, Gretchen Witt, who started the organization after her son, Liam, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age two. Gretchen was frustrated that many of the potential therapeutic treatments for children’s cancers were unavailable due to lack of funding for new therapies for pediatric cancer. So, Gretchen took it upon herself to host a cookie sale around Christmas 2007 to raise funds herself. By selling all 96,000 cookies, Gretchen raised over $400,000!

I am most inspired by what Gretchen and the Cookies team is striving to do – make sure no parent hears, “We have this treatment, but it isn’t available yet.”

In planning my next bake sale, I made a list of some of my top bake sale tips. I hope they help you if you’re planning one, too!

TWO-THREE MONTHS BEFORE:

1. Pick a date, location, and rain check location. Look for areas of high traffic and visibility.

2a. If you live in New York City and plan on having your bake sale in a city park, I suggest getting your park permit well in advance. It is fairly easy to apply through the NYC Parks and Recreation Department. I booked my space for 5 hours: 1 hour set up, 3 hours of bake sale, 1 hour of clean up.

2b. I suggest making your “sale” not so much a “sale,” but an event with suggested donations. This makes the Parks and Recreation permit easier to obtain and is much easier on the sale day itself (see below).

3. Start asking friends if they can help. Make your master list of volunteers – who wants to bake, who wants to help on the day of, who wants to make signs, so on and so forth. People will appreciate the heads up well in advance. See if you can have some vegan or gluten free options available.

4. Ask local bakeries if they are willing to donate products.

TWO WEEKS BEFORE:

1. Follow up with all of your volunteers and bakeries who are donating to make sure they are still willing to help or bake!

2. Start making signs. The Cookies For Kids’ Cancer website has great ideas and has stickers and such available for sale.

3. Find something to put money in. I suggest the OXO Pop Containers. They do not lock so do make sure someone is watching the money at all times!

ONE WEEK BEFORE:

1. If you are picking up baked goods from anyone, schedule how you will make your rounds.

2. Make an emailable flyer to send to your friends and/or post on social media sites (twitter, facebook, etc).

3. Pre-make cookie dough and freeze it. Will make day before baking much quicker!

DAY OF:

1. Allow at least 1 hour of set up.

2. Have people give a donation for a baked good, rather than selling them for a specific price. I used a $2 minimum for each item. This helps prevent confusion with money exchange and speeds things up if it gets rather crowded.

3. Send people out into the periphery of the park or a few streets over with a few baked goods to sell. This will help attract more crowds, too!

Good luck planning your event!

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