I have attended and even participated in many a bake sale. People bake cookies, muffins, cakes, and more in their kitchen and sell them to raise money for an organization or cause. Now, imagine real chefs rather than home cooks doing a bake sale? Essentially that is what Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer has created!
In 1973, Eva Brownman lost her battle to breast cancer at only 44 years old and left behind two young daughters. In 1991, these daughters, Marjie Brownman Shapiro and Carol Brownman Sneider, in association with several of their friends and relatives, established The Eva Brownman Breast Cancer Fund to benefit breast cancer research and education at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2000, Carol decided to try something different and began contacting restaurants to participate in a week long dessert celebration. In that first year 42 restaurants, bakeries, and cafes signed up to donate all their profits from one dessert to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for a full week. Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer was born!
Each year, the week before Mother’s Day, restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops and more sign up to participate. This year the event will have at least 250 restaurants in 90 communities across Massachusetts. Some will even ship their special desserts around the country (more details on that later).
Now in their 12th year, Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer has raised over $500,000 for cancer research…last year they raised $70,000 in just one week with a goal to raise at least that much in 2011! Together with the efforts of the Eva Brownman Breast Cancer Fund, over 1.5 million dollars has been raised!
How can you help?
- Visit one of the 250 restaurants and indulge in dessert between May 2 and 8, 2011. Search for participating restaurants by city here.
- Like I mentioned above, some restaurants are able to ship desserts around the country. Go to the restaurant list and choose “Desserts Shipped to You” as the city.
- Boston Bakes is also always looking for volunteers. They are willing to receive help with anything…marketing, blogging, phone calling and more! Just contact them to let them know what your interests are.
- For those watching your waistline, cash donations are also accepted on their website.