Sweet fundraiser raises $1065

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Uncertainty rose to success in a recent cake auction that raised $1,065 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Organizer Stacey Newell of Montague was pleased with the generosity of both the bidders and the bakers especially when times are tougher than usual. “That’s more than we’ve ever made before,” Ms Newell said. “I asked for a dozen cakes and ended up getting 18.” The Three Rivers Children’s Wish Thanksgiving Cake Auction launched on October 1 and ended just seven days later on October 8. Bids ranged anywhere from $30 to a whopping $100. The finished products were impressive. Creative styles included chocolate cake with salted caramel and pretzels; a gluten-free coconut cake with coconut frosting; a cookies and cream chocolate cake, decorated with Oreo-style cookies and a decadent and rich looking dark chocolate drizzle. The funds will contribute to Ms Newell’s goal of raising enough money to grant one child a wish this year at a cost of about $10,000. Ms Newell has a personal connection to the cause. She saw how meaningful it was for her daughter Autumn, who is now 12, to receive a wish trip to Disneyland when she was younger and undergoing treatment for Leukemia. Autumn has since recovered and is healthy now but Ms Newell recognizes there are many other children in PEI who would benefit from a granted wish. Jennifer Gillis is the development coordinator with Make-A-Wish’s Charlottetown chapter. She said there are about 35 children in PEI eligible to receive a wish right now. The organization is usually able to grant between 12 and 18 wishes per year. She isn’t sure how many the foundation will be able to grant but, as usual, she is determined to offer as many as possible. While some travel related wishes are on hold, Ms Gillis said the organization has continued to gift items. “We granted an electronics wish recently,” she said. “We also granted an extreme camping wish so we were able to buy all the equipment and deliver it to the door.” Ms Newell also helped organize a local virtual Wish Maker Walk this year. The total amount raised from that isn’t available yet. “The work Stacey is doing is just phenomenal,” Ms Gillis said about Ms Newell’s fundraising efforts. The Make-A-Wish foundation is unified with the former Children’s Wish Foundation. To see more on the foundation go to Make-A-Wish Foundation PEI.

Rachel Collier, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Graphic