The baking dust has settled, the dishes have been done and now we finally have a chance to update our readers!
It’s been a little over a week since our Great American Bake Sale capping event at Marist. Sorry we haven’t posted…we’ve just been too busy regaining our strength.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 is a day was the longest day in our lives. Probably because it was really three days strung into one excruciatingly long day. Here is a bit of how our day went.
7 am – Wake-up. Lots of prep work had to be done. Lina went to the bank to get enough change for our four cash boxes. Lindsey made sure that everything we had organized the night before was in its proper place. Molly went to pickup a last minute donation of cupcakes from Palace Diner.
9am – Time to load the cars. Several trips were made to the Tennis Court parking lot to load our three cars with an incredible amount of donated, delicious baked goods. After we loaded everything, a few devoted boyfriends arrived to help us set up our various locations across campus. We set up stations in the Champagnat Breezeway from 11 am to 1 pm, and Dyson Green, Donnelly, and underpass from 11 am to 5 pm.
11 am to 5 pm – You do the math. Three girls, four locations… we were a little stretched for help but the help that we got that morning made everything that we accomplished that day possible. We’d like to give a special shout-out to: Frank Campagnola, Luke Shane, Chris Raia for their superhero efforts. We’d also like to thank the people we grabbed off the street and were given no choice but to help us… so, thank you Christina O’Sullivan, Marissa Sala, Phil Stamatis and Pasquale Magneri.
Of the four locations, we were not surprised that Donnelly was the most successful. Here, we also owe another thank you to Brother Frank for this success. Without his tip to target the academic buildings where the faculty and staff have a large presence, we wouldn’t have thought to set up a stand in Donnelly, or Dyson for that matter.
After we got over the shaky period from 9 am to 11 am, we each settled into our own selling location for a few hours, then switched it up to make sure each station was running smoothly.
After recovering from the chaos of planning and prep, the whirlwind day of the event and the inevitable sugar comas we suffered from during our late-night baking session, the donations were tallied. The outcome was overwhelming. We are thrilled to announce that over $730 was raised for the Share Our Strength Organization! This contribution will aid in their mission to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.
We can’t express our gratitude enough to those who helped us. Thank you to Brother Frank, Bob Lynch and College Activities, Campus Ministry, Comm Arts Society, local bakeries and grocers, Sodexo, friends, boyfriends, housemates and every other volunteer, baker and donor. Your efforts and support are appreciated more than you can imagine!
Without you we would have never been able to accomplish this. Marist, you made a difference.