The public is invited to help Sweet Blessings celebrate its second anniversary by participating in a 24-hour bake-a-thon. Volunteers will bake, make and decorate 40 birthday cakes in one day for children in need. The bake-a-thon takes place at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church (180 E. Maxwell St. in downtown Lexington) beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 and finishing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Sweet Blessings is a nonprofit organization creating specialty birthday cakes for children ages 5 to 14 who are facing a life-threatening illness or poverty. As of Jan. 31, 2013, Sweet Blessings has served 860 children in Central Kentucky. Volunteers baked and delivered 86 cakes in January alone. Each birthday cake is handcrafted in a special shape or design made especially for that child.
Last year's inaugural 24-hour bake-a-thon produced 28 cakes. "We are ambitious in raising our goal to 40 cakes in one day this year, but we can do it," said Ashley Gann, founder and executive director of Sweet Blessings. "Our volunteers are amazing. They always go above and beyond, to make such beautiful birthday cakes for these children."
Anyone who is interested in participating in the bake-a-thon can sign up for a time slot online: www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4CA4A62FA02-24hour or contact Ashley Gann at sweetblessingscakes.org.
In conjunction with the anniversary bake-a-thon, the Chick-fil-A restaurants in Lexington and Georgetown will host a "Spirit Night" on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m., with a percentage of customer purchases going to Sweet Blessings.
“Sometimes it only takes something as small as a birthday cake to lift a spirit,” said Chris Wilson, Chick-fil-A area marketing director. “We are honored to support Sweet Blessings in creating happy birthdays for the children who need them most; and, we hope the community will join us in bringing some birthday cheer.”
Individuals and businesses are also invited to sponsor a Sweet Blessings cake, any time of the year, with a $50 donation at sweetblessingscakes.org/donations.htm.
About Sweet Blessings:
Founded by executive Ashley Gann in February 2011, Sweet Blessings is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization producing special birthday cakes for children ages 5 to 14 who are facing an illness or poverty. Sweet Blessings accepts referrals by a school, church or social service provider within Lexington and contiguous counties. They do not take referrals from individuals.