In 2007, Gretchen Holt-Witt set a lofty goal : to bake and sell almost 100,000 cookies over the holidays in an effort to fund research for cancer, a disease her young son was battling. Armed with the determination of a mom on a mission plus the knowledge that funds for research mean more treatment options, better survival rates, and hope for the future, Holt-Witt succeeded in selling 96,000 cookies and raising over $400,000 for new pediatric cancer treatments.
Long after the ovens cooled, requests for more cookies along with offers to help continued to pour in. With so many eager to help out, Gretchen and her husband Larry decided to launch Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit that inspires people to host bake sales of all sizes, from desktops and porches to entire corporations and communities. Bake sales that have been inspired by their efforts have raised more than $30,000 in one day. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer went on to partner with The Glad Products Company, inspiring thousands of individuals with Glad’s promise to match funds raised at bake sales. The partnership has received attention from Martha Stewart, CNN, Parade, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s Day, O The Oprah Magazine, the Today show, and more.
And now, it’s in book form. With experience, passion, heart, and great stories from bake sale hosts, this cookbook was created not only to benefit this charity, but to inspire more bake sales. The cookies, brownies, bars, cupcakes, quick breads, and other treats in the book are easy to prepare and bake sale friendly. There are also tips on starting your own bake sale and inspirational quotes and stories throughout the book. 100% of the author’s proceeds and royalties will be donated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for pediatric cancer research.
And we have a copy to give away! To enter, leave a comment here (perhaps sharing your own favourite bake sale treat?) and we’ll do a random draw on Friday, Sept 9 at midnight EST.
For more information on Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and organizing your own fundraiser, visit cookiesforkidscancer.org