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Warning: These Pictures May Make You Hungry…

Here’s some more pictures from our bake sale for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! (Special thanks to Jess Hasapis for taking all of these!)


Marist’s Great American Bake Sale = GREAT SUCCESS!

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.

Lindsey showing off her stuff in the Champ Breezeway.

Molly at the Dyson Green bake sale table.

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.

A happy bake sale customer enjoying some gourmet bread!

And again, we could not have done this without help. Thanks to the volunteers from Campus Ministry and Comm Arts Society for manning our tables and representing our cause so well!

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 OrganizationThis 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.

Shaking Hands, Making Deals

Today, the mighty trio trekked out into the world, determined to complete the task at hand. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but we brought with us our greatest resources: passion, enthusiasm, and three bright smiles.

What was this mission, you ask? We ventured into Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park, seeking bakeries who would donate to our bake sale.

We drafted a proposal letter using a template on the GABS site. We explained our cause and listed the most important information of all: the date of our bake sale. (In case you forgot already, it’s Wednesday, November 2nd).

Here’s an overview of our bakery crawl. All of the places we visited today are definitely worth a visit in person. But our bake sale will give a good idea of what to expect from each!

Babycakes Cafe:

Located right across the street from Vassar College, Babycakes is frequented by college students and locals alike. There are so many menu options…each one had our mouth’s watering. Unfortunately, the manager was not in that morning, so we left our letter with the cashier. We will definitely be calling to confirm because Babycakes would make a tasty addition to our bake sale!

Caffe Aurora:

The next stop took us through downtown Poughkeepsie to a pleasant bakery, decorated with antiques. There was lots of seating and we all agreed it would make a great spot for hitting the books. While the cashier prepared coffee for a customer, we were content to gaze at the beautiful desserts filling the glass display cases. Cakes, pastries, biscotti… this place had it all. And the prices seemed reasonable to boot!  The manager came out to talk with us and was so friendly. He was enthusiastic about the bake sale, and we were excited to have our first local bakery on board.

Outside Caffe Aurora. Photo courtesy of the Poughkeepsie Journal.

La Deliziosa Italian Pastry Shop:

This adorable bakery was only a stone’s throw away from Caffe Aurora. The second we walked in the door, we were greeted by the smell of biscotti, a smell that flooded Lina and Lindsey with memories from their time studying abroad in Florence. There were so many different kinds of authentic Italian biscotti and cookies… we want to go back and try them all! The woman behind the counter agreed immediately. La Deliziosa will provide our bake sale with a large tray of cookies, customized with red, white and blue ribbons.

A sampling of La Deliziosa's cookies and pastries. Photo courtesy of La Deliziosa.


This place requires a little bit of a trek, about 10 minutes down Rt. 9. This was another cafe that just had such a great ambience. Cool-looking tables and chairs, comfy couches, friendly staff, and most importantly, a great menu! So many types of coffee to choose from, baked goods, sandwiches…this might be the perfect place to escape the craziness of finals week or, dare we say it, your capping project! Still waiting to hear back on this one too, the manager wasn’t in, but we trust that the boys behind the counter will come through for us.


We are very excited to be working with Caffe Aurora and La Deliziosa. But we still have a lot of work to do. This week and the next we will continue to recruit local bakeries.

If you are interested in baking, working a table or promoting our event PLEASE e-mail us at We check it all the time and would LOVE to work with you!

Meet the Bakers

Here’s your chance to get to know the three lovely ladies behind the “Marist Bakes A DifferenceGreat American Bake Sale event.




The Basics

Hometown: Haskell, NJ

Major: PR

Minors: Business and Global Studies

Studied abroad in: Florence, Italy, Fall 2010

Career aspirations: I’d like to work in nonprofit public relations, either in private healthcare, like a hospital, or in large national charities that do fundraising, like Share Our Strength!

What You Really Want to Know

Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate, dark.

Dessert you are known for: My red velvet cupcakes are famous at Marist, but at home my mom and I are famous for our cheesecake.

Guilty pleasure: Nutella. Having the jar in front of me is dangerous!

Most underrated baking ingredient: Salt. Adding a pinch to an 1/8th teaspoon of salt brings out the sweetness in dessert!

Food idol: Ina Garten. Although she’s received a lot of negative press lately, her Food Network show and cookbooks are simple, yet absolutely perfect.

5 things to have when stranded on a “dessert” island: Dark chocolate, lemon meringue pie, whipped cream, crème brulee and kettle corn popcorn.

Dessert you fell in love with in Italy: Affogato. In Italian, it means “drowned,” and traditionally the dessert is a scoop of gelato drowned in espresso. I had it at this famous gelateria where the gelato was submerged in thick, Italian hot chocolate. So amazing!

Affogato. Photo courtesy of




The Basics

Hometown: Cromwell, CT

Majors: PR and Advertsing

Minors: Psychology and Global Studies

Studied abroad in: Florence, Italy, Fall 2010

Career aspirations: To be happy. Stop with this future talk! I’d like to work for a non-profit organization in public relations and special event coordination. (Or to be a weather girl.)

What You Really Want to Know

Chocolate or vanilla:  CHOCOLATE

Dessert you are known for:  Christmas fudge

Guilty pleasure: Soft-serve

Most underrated baking ingredient: Oatmeal or graham crackers

Food idol- My mom and Grandma Sacco

5 things stranded on a “dessert” island: Ice cream sundaes, anything with a crumb topping, granola clusters, cookie dough & dark chocolate.

Dessert you fell in love with in Italy- Gelato. Any flavor. Also, their thick hot chocolate- cioccolato caldo!

Gelateria Grom -- The Marist abroad student's Florence-equivalent to Mecca... at least according to us three! Photo courtesy of




The Basics

Hometown: Hopkinton, MA

Majors: Journalism and Spanish

Studied abroad in: Madrid, Spain, Academic Year 2010/11

Career aspirations: To be the editor of a bilingual magazine!

What You Really Want to Know

Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate CHOCOLATE!

Dessert you are known for: In high school I found this amazing recipe for Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cake. I am drooling just thinking about it.

Guilty pleasure: Brownies, the more gooey, the better. Seriously, do not leave me alone with a plate of those. Ever.

Most underrated baking ingredient: It’s safe to say I am obsessed with walnuts. My housemates and my poor parents can definitely attest to that. (Sorry, Mom.)  A close second would be coconut. And when the two are combined with chocolate… heavenly!

Food idol: Whatever cookbook or food blog happens to be open at the time. The kitchen is like my playground. I think I get that enthusiasm from my parents, especially my Dad.

5 things stranded on a “dessert” island: Walnut brownies, ice cream, cookie dough, red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and blueberry pie.

Dessert you fell in love with in Spain: Don’t get me wrong, churros and hot chocolate are great. But you haven’t experienced a true Spanish dessert until you’ve had porras and hot chocolate. To the untrained eye, porras are just a bigger, fatter version of churros. And I agree, they are bigger and fatter. But they are also more delicious. The dough is so much more.. dough-ier, which just enhances the whole experience.

Churros vs. Porras. The churros are so tiny compared to the porras! Photo courtesy of

Does all this talk about desserts and baked goods make you feel hungry? Hungry to make a difference, that is.

We’d love your help at our bake sale on Nov. 2. Email us at to sign up to bring a baked good, to work one of our tables for an hour, or… BOTH! For such a great cause, we need all the help we can get!

Hello World!

Welcome to our blog! We’ll tell you a little bit about ourselves. We are all seniors at Marist College. Lina is a PR major and the mastermind behind this project. Lindsey has a double concentration in PR and advertising. Molly is a double major in Journalism and  Spanish. We are  working as a team to complete our Senior Capping Project and have created this blog to track our progress.


Our mission is to inspire national service involvement on the Marist College campus. We aim to go beyond local boundaries and reach out to national non-profit organizations working for recognizable causes. The goal is to motivate our fellow students and the surrounding community to work for change throughout the fifty states. It is our aspiration to not only create a sense of unity, but establish a positive name for Marist College across the country through our service to various well-known and meaningful non-profit organizations.



We are creating a movement–a Marist movement–that will get people on campus involved in charities across the nation. Our movement will be called “Marist to the Rescue – A Campaign for National Service.” Our focus charity for this first time through will be the Great American Bake Sale. Bake sale, you ask? Yes, yes and yes, we say. The Great American Bake Sale takes place all over the United States. Individuals organize bake sales in their communities to raise money and end childhood hunger.


We are hoping to team up with Campus Ministry, one of the largest organizations on the Marist campus. Campus Ministry is involved in all sorts of service projects, which is why we were naturally drawn to the idea of pairing up with them. Also, November happens to be National Hunger Awareness Month, and one of Campus Minstry’s largest fundraisers is the Hunger Walk. We are hoping to collaborate with Campus Ministry on the day of theirRun/Walk for Hunger (Nov. 2) and hold our bake sale that very day, around the crucial transition times between classes. Because of the event, there will be an even greater flow of traffic passing by our various bake sale stations.


We’ve reached out to both Campus Ministry and College Activities, the two most important relationships to have established. We need Campus Ministry to help prepare baked goods and staff our tables during the bake sale, and we need College Activities to approve the on-campus locations of our bake sale. There are also some special rules we must abide because this is a charity event, but those will be explained in detail when we meet with College Activities.

Once we get past these two first meetings, things will start getting more hectic. But for now, we wait…

Waiting outside New York's famous Magnolia Bakery. Photo courtesy of