Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy Monday from Cakes for Cause

Welcome to Cakes for Cause...

This is a special email welcome to all those people we have met recently who have asked to be included in our updates. For our "veterans", keep reading because there's some information on upcoming events and specials that you may want as well.

Thank you for your interest in Cakes for Cause. If we had the chance to talk with you at any of our recent events, you know that we are about community, vocational development, and providing meaningful opportunities for youth in our neighborhoods. We are a bakery (with space under construction, at the moment)...we are a partnership with the Housing Authority and HOPE VI project on North Market Street...we are an opportunity for people to become involved in the Frederick community...and we are a mission to provide real employment, primarily to youth who have aged out of the foster care system or who live in public housing.

How can you get involved?
We are a very flexible organization. We have people involved at every level and you can get involved too. Link here to a general information sheet about becoming a volunteer.

Eat our treats...if your time is limited, there's lots of other ways you can make a difference to our program...we are a BAKERY and we sell delicious treats! Soon, our bakery/café will be open on North Market Street and you can visit us EVERY DAY for a cup of coffee or tea and a hand-rolled croissant (remember, it's for charity so there's fewer calories!) but you can also order from us now with a little notice and have sweets and savories delivered to you in Frederick. Our goal is to get you addicted...that's just the service we provide in the community.

Bakery specials coming soon...we'll be offering our popular frozen sugar cookie dough cut out as Easter eggs for you to bake and decorate in just a couple of weeks. Hot Cross Buns will also be available for the springtime holidays. Do you need scones for Sunday morning? They're available in our ever-popular Lemon Ginger variation and several others. We use whole ingredients (real butter, sugar, and eggs) and sometimes even grind our own flour! Starting in May, the Frederick Farmer's Market on Baughman's Lane will open up again and we'll have a booth there every Saturday. We send out this email every week to let you know what's coming up at the market. Every dollar you spend on baked goods makes a difference in the lives of the youth we serve.

Make a donation...Finally, we are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and we accept tax-deductible contributions. Our program pays every youth apprentice a living wage while they participate in our 6-month program, we provide them with uniforms, tools and equipment, and we have developed a comprehensive curriculum that teaches them the food service industry in an environment that focuses on detail, high quality, and excellent customer service. Individual and corporate donations make a difference for our organization and it is the support of people like you, every day, that help us stay focused on the philosophy that, "Everyone Deserves Dessert". You may make a donation online through our website, or you may mail donations to us at our administrative offices (Cakes for Cause/22 South Market Street, Suite 3/Federated Charities Building/Frederick, MD 21701)

However you choose to get involved, please know that we are grateful for your support and love being a part of the Frederick Community. Thank you.

Ok, enough of that...
We have some events coming up and we want to make sure you're aware of them. We'll be out and about in the community and we love to meet new people and say hello to old friends too so here they are:

Saturday March 21st 1:00-7:00 pm~InBloom Jewelry Trunk Show
Local jewelry designer Stacy Krantz is hosting a trunk show of beautiful designs in Middletown. We'll be there with treats and our new café logo, trying hard not to spend our paychecks on every pair of earrings that she has (we like it that much!). A portion of the proceeds from the sale go to Cakes for Cause to support our youth vocational program. Link to the invitation for more information.

Friday and Saturday March 27th and 28th~Frederick Film Festival
Do you like movies? We like movies and we're one of the supporting sponsors of the Frederick Film Festival. It's an extravaganza of feature length and short films and its taking place not in Hollywood but in our own hometown of Frederick. Link to their site for more information.

Saturday March 28th 9:00 am-5:00 pm~Waste Not Expo
The Expo is a public outreach event to educate citizens about the economic, social and environmental issues posed by our waste. Cakes for Cause will be participating with a booth that highlights our curriculum modules that teach our apprentices the importance of participating in a local economy, minimizing waste, and becoming involved in their communities. We'll also be selling vegan and vegetarian baked goods. for more information.

Sunday May 3rd 2:00-5:00 pm~Cake Off for Cause
Heineman Myers Art Gallery in Bethesda is holding a cake contest for young bakers. Does your child have dreams about fondant and buttercream? This is their opportunity to show off an original creation, meet celebrity judges, and start down their own road to food celebrity. Contest is open to youth between 6 and 18 years old and entry forms are due by April 30th. Adults get to cheer loudly, eat cake, and mingle with the next generation of pastry chefs before they REALLY get famous. Visit Facebook or email for more information.

First Saturday in Downtown Frederick~Cakes for Cause Open House
6:30-8:30 pm
On First Saturdays, we throw open our doors and give away treats as a not-so-transparent ploy to talk to people about our programs. If you're a first-timer or hit us every month, we're glad to talk with you and nosh on some goodies. Join us at our office in the Federated Charities Building at 22 South Market Street.

And, make sure you pencil in these very specific dates...

Some Saturday in May 10:00-1:00 pm~Frederick Farmer's Market Opens!!!!!

Sometime in June~Cakes for Cause Opens Moxie Café and Bakery!!!!!!

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