Bake A Wish (podcast)Jul 20th, 2012 | By Cecilia | Category: Featured Articles, podcast, the show
Austin Food Blogger Alliance presents: Cupcakes & Cocktails
Benefiting Bake A Wish
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | ATT Conference Center & Hotel
Tickets are $35.00 CLICK HERE to purchase yours online.
Back when ingredients such as refined sugar, spices, nuts, and dried fruit were hard to obtain, and therefore very expensive when available, it was an honor to be presented with a cake.
Cakes told the recipient that they were important, worthwhile, and loved.
Though affordable and commonplace today, cakes still relay messages of affection and appreciation, especially when they’ve been prepared and delivered by the dedicated volunteers at Bake-a-Wish.
Bake A Wish founder and board president, Karen Nichols, said Bake a Wish started in Austin in September 2009. The original mission of the organization was providing free birthday cakes to abused/neglected/abandoned children and youth who would not otherwise receive one.
Their very first delivery was to a young man for his 19th birthday. Karen said afterwards, she received a thank you note from the agency that said it was the very first birthday cake he’d ever received. It was after that moment that Karen said she and the other volunteers understood the value of what they were doing.
The volunteer run, Austin, Texas 501 (c) 3 nonprofit has since expanded its mission to include the elderly and disabled living in subsidized housing. The organization has approximately 100 volunteer bakers. Bake A Wish consults with the agencies they work with regarding the type of cake the birthday boy or girl (man or woman) would like, and then creates a cake to those specifications. It’s not unusual for these professional and home bakers to absorb the cost of the cake baking supplies.
In an ideal world, Karen Nichols says Bake A Wish would be able to provide all the supplies to volunteers.
That may happen sooner than later.
Michelle Fandrich is the Philanthropy Chair of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance (AFBA), and curates the blog The Kid Can Cook. She says AFBA is hosting a fundraiser for Bake A Wish called Cupcakes and Cocktails. Money raised through ticket sales and the silent auction will help Bake A Wish buy baking supplies to distribute among the volunteers.
A birthday cake may not seem like a big deal to some folks, but to those people who receive a lovingly prepared cake from a Bake A Wish volunteer — it means the world.
About Karen Nichols:
Karen Nichols is the Founder and President of Bake a Wish, an Austin, TX 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that delivers free birthday cakes to those in need who would not otherwise receive a birthday cake.
Throughout her professional career, Karen has dedicated herself to public service, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Junior Achievement, the Mentor Program, Capital of Texas Team Survivor, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, and many more volunteer-based organizations.
In her “spare” time, Karen enjoys competing in marathons and trail races, reading non-fiction, traveling, and preparing and enjoying culinary delights.
About Michelle Webb Fandrich:
Michelle Fandrich is a freelance writer/historian and stay-at-home mom. She blogs about food, family, and raising mindful eaters at The Kid Can Cook. She also serves on the board of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance as the Philanthropy Chair.