Cook­ing for a Cause

The Oakdale Leader - - NEIGHBORHOOD VALUES -

If

you love to en­ter­tain and want to sup­port a good cause, now you can do both at the same time. Cur­rently in its 16th year, Cook for the Cure is a pro­gram that gives those with a pas­sion for cook­ing a way to sup­port the fight against breast can­cer. Through culi­nary-based fundrais­ing, events, auc­tions and the sale of se­lect prod­ucts, the part­ner­ship be­tween KitchenAid and Su­san G. Komen for the Cure® has raised more than $10.7 mil­lion for the cause.

“It adds an­other layer of pur­pose to one of life’s great plea­sures, cook­ing and en­joy­ing food with fam­ily and friends,” said Anthony Pas­trick, brand man­ager for KitchenAid. “The pro­gram con­tin­ues to fuel pas­sion­ate cooks with sim­ple, cre­ative ways to sup­port a mean­ing­ful cause.”

You can make a dif­fer­ence by host­ing a party that lets you Cook for the Cure by rais­ing aware­ness and funds for breast can­cer re­search. Here are some ideas to get you started: In­vite guests for an evening of ap­pe­tiz­ers, such as th­ese Mini Fruit Tarts, and drinks. En­cour­age fundrais­ing by award­ing a prize to the guest with the high­est do­na­tion, or let donors en­ter their names into a draw­ing to win a restaurant gift cer­tifi­cate or spa treat­ment. Or­ga­nize a fundrais­ing bake sale. Get the neigh­bors in­volved in bak­ing, pro­mot­ing and sell­ing – it’s a great way to bring peo­ple to­gether. Your con­tri­bu­tion could be th­ese Le­mon Berry Cheese­cake Bars. Host a potluck brain­storm­ing party. In­vite peo­ple who share your pas­sion for help­ing oth­ers to bring their fa­vorite dish and think up cre­ative ways to sup­port the cause as a group. Vote on a project then let ev­ery­one pitch in to get started. Cook­ing good food, shar­ing time with friends and giv­ing back to the community – that’s a recipe for a truly great party. Learn more at Cook­fortheCure.com.

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