Bake a Change Fundraiser

January 25, 2019

Greetings to all curious STF supporters,

 

Here's a little recap of our UMN chapter's version of the national STF fundraiser Bake-A-Change. This sugar-infused event was a hit for both customers and members, who enjoyed shoveling the leftover frosting into our mouths (I was personally eating frosting-covered carrots for a week afterwards because I didn’t know what else to do with it). Our phenomenal Bake A Change co-chairs, Divya Alley and Liz Boehme, tactfully organized the details and logistics of the fundraiser and got some members together in the beginning of the week to do the baking. After our bi-weekly Wednesday meeting, some members stayed after to frost, sprinkle, and wrap the 400 or so cupcakes. We could tell by the height of people’s eyebrows when they heard “marble” that it was a crowd favorite, although we also had vanilla and chocolate flavor options. It was a grand time; sun shining, kind people, and a slight sugar buzz as we yelled at passersby to consume sugar in the name of girls’ education.

 

 

Historically, we’ve had some challenges with the presentation and transportation of the cakes. Pressing question currently on every reader’s mind: How on earth do we wrap them as to transport them efficiently while still allowing them to maintain their shape? Don’t worry-- I’m here to address these profound first-world concerns. The BAC committee, after intensive deliberation and lively debate (sarcasm, in case anyone can’t tell), had the innovative idea to put them in plastic cups (not sarcasm--very good idea indeed). These plastic cups ended up keeping the cupcakes nice and warm-as opposed to the freezing air outside. They were delicious when bitten into! Big score for STF. Another score: quite a few folks actually donated money without buying a cupcake, despite my not-so-persuasive efforts to get rid of the food by telling people to “take one and just give it to the first person you see.” I was quickly reminded, both by words and by hesitant facial expressions, of how creepy it would be to be offered a cupcake covered in moist saran wrap by a stranger on the street.

 

Altogether, it was a very fun day and we sold the majority of our cupcakes! We sold out early at the Washington Ave Bridge location, and we had a few left over at the location outside Purple Onion (where people could get a cupcake and an ice cream cone for $4!!). Big big thanks to all the hard work of the committee chairs/members to ensure that it went smoothly!

 

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