A local group of philanthropists who call themselves the Racquetball Wrecking Crew are holding a Cookie/Cupcake Consortium to help raise money for the Hike for Hospice House.
Hike for Hospice House is an annual 2-mile long walk benefiting Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, which provides a range of services for people dying and their families from housing to bereavement programs.
“We’re not regulated by large corporations, we can really focus on the support and needs of those families suffering because of a family member dying,” said Charlie Marcotte, sponsorship chair for Hike for Hospice.
“The notable thing is nobody who is ever coming through Hospice House and Support Care ever pays a dime.”
Marcotte said the budget for hospice house all comes from donations and fundraising. Hike for Hospice is the second largest fundraiser of the year for the organization.
“The Hike for Hospice is something the (Racquetball Wrecking Crew) started supporting a few years ago,” said Bob Tubbs, who started the Cookie/Cupcake Consortium. “Being aware that many of the charity events have bake sales and things of that nature … I just kinda put some pieces together here.”
Tubbs said the way the fundraiser works is with a donation of between $25 and $150, you can get a selection of homemade cupcakes and/or cookies delivered straight to your home.
For example, at the $100 donation level, Tubbs said people will receive nine homemade cupcakes, five cookies and a specialty cupcake from a local partner bakery.
Bakeries partnering with the group for the fundraiser include Starbucks, Publix, Carrot Tree Kitchen, Aromas Coffee House and Fresh Market. The day of Hike for Hospice House, Tubbs said there will be a cupcake contest, a cupcake auction and a cupcake eating contest.
“I think (the Cookie/Cupcake Consortium) adds another element to the walk... and allows the community to participate and see the creativity of the different cupcake bakers and it will be fun to auction (the cupcakes) off and raise additional money,” said Michelle Sieling, owner of Aromas.
Tubbs said so far, the consortium has raised $500, with a final goal of at least $2,500.
“Williamsburg is amazing, it’s unlike any place I’ve ever been where people are so willing and able and excited to find a need and support that need with their time or treasure,” Marcotte said.
Want to donate?
The Hike for Hospice House is 9:30 a.m. to noon May 4, Governor’s Land, 2700 Two Rivers Road. Registration is $35; register at runsignup.com/Race/VA/Williamsburg/hikeforhospicehouse.
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