Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category

Love of Chocolate Event Honors Families of Deployed Soldiers

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

This past weekend, Bake Me A Wish! had the pleasure of honoring families of deployed service members at the “Love of Chocolate” party in North Dakota in coordination with our good friend, Shelle Michaels, National Communications Officer for Soldiers Angels. Shelle has been a great ally in our effort to show deployed service members that they are not forgotten by us at home through our Operation Birthday Cake Program. The event was also brought together with Colonel Michael and was attended by David Sprynczynatyk, Major General and Adjunct General of the North Dakota National Guard as well as Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley.

This year, Bake Me A Wish was able to bring some additional smiles to the Love of Chocolate event as Bake Me A Wish cakes were handed out to family members deployed soldiers. Take a quick look at those faces below – happy to have some chocolate and know that we’re working to support their family members overseas.

Read more about the event at KFYR-TV.

Or watch the video clip!

We’re a Featured Gift! Huffington Post

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Ooo – a tip of the hat from the Huffington Post for our Operation: Birthday Cake program! :) Lest we forget, our military personnel are still stationed away from loved ones around the world – we’re happy that we can bring a little joy to some of them on their birthday. With your help, we’ve delivered thousands of birthday cakes to soldiers overseas! Thanks for your continued support; as mentioned, a portion of each Valentine’s Day and Birthday Cake goes to this program, or you can purchase a Valentine’s Day Freedom Cake and have a cake donated on behalf of your loved one!

Huffington Post – Bake Me A Wish! Gifts That Give Back

Miami Cake Baker is Crushed

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

If you were to ask someone to create a promotional item at their own cost in exchange for publicity, wouldn’t you have the decency to follow through with your request and feature them? At the VERY least, if you decide not to use it, to pay them for their effort? The cake business is always a risk, but a local Miami cake baker was asked to produce a cake for LeBron James 27th Birthday Party and then his team of handlers went back on their deal, refused to present the baker’s cake to LeBron or give her any promotion!   My first thought it, why didn’t they TELL the baker what type of cake they wanted for LeBron!?!

We’re not in the custom cake business, and no, maybe its not the best cake we’ve ever seen, but its something they got for free – about a $3000 value  - and then slapped her in the face!  At the VERY least they should offer to pay the baker the value of the cake… and no, a lot more goes into a cake than flour and egg, as I’m sure you’re all aware!   The retail value is $3000.

I will agree that it’s not LeBron’s fault, per se, but you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep.   Do we think LeBron would have actually spruned this cake?   I’m pretty sure HE can afford to pay her for it, regardless.

Check out the original article on the Miami Herald where you can also see the cake they replaced it with.  I’m still not thrilled.

(article by: Jose Lambiet, photo credit: Mike Jachles)

That takes the cake!  - Joe

 

Great Cake Bake – Knoxville, TN

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Attention readers in the Knoxville, TN area! We just heard that the Knox county Public Library is holding the 2nd annual Great Cake Bake at the newly renovated Neyland Stadium this Saturday, 3/26 from noon to 5pm! The event will showcase the skills of cake decoraters from all levels – amateur to professional as well as a variety of children activities. Admission is only $5.00 and children under 10 are free.

Sounds like a great way to spend Saturday afternoon and it all goes to a good cause – the Imagination Library. This organization, started by Dolly Parton actually, helps promote literacy at the pre-school level by sending book to children in local communities. You can learn more by clicking their logo below.

We found a great photo of the some of the kind of cakes you’ll see at knoxnews.com from 2010.

Photo Credit: Chad Greene

Photo Credit: Chad Greene

You can find details for the Great Cake Bake over at Knoxville.com. We found this great photo Sarah Jones’ cake that won third place!  WHO WON FIRST?! :)

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Honors from Iraq

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

As you know, 5% of our online sales are attributed to our partnership with Soldiers Angels to provide gourmet birthday cakes to deployed service members overseas as part of our Operation Birthday Cake program.  To date, we’ve sent thousands of cakes either from retail purchases or direct donations made possible by our shoppers who simply sent a cake to a loved one for their birthday.  Each and every day we receive soldier responses about how we’ve helped boost morale while our military personnel are fighting for our freedoms so far from home.

Today, we received a fine honor from Cpt. Dan over at the 14th Trans. Battalion at the Joint Base Balad, Iraq.  There is no greater feeling than to receive recognition for the good works you are doing; this wonderful command team encourages to keep on sending cakes and keep on letting our service members know they are appreciated and valued by their citizens back at home.

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The Chirstmas Spirit Giveaway

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

As I get older, I find it harder and harder to get in the Christmas spirit – something that I’m sure is shared by many others out there. I was watching the most recent episode of Glee (guilty pleasure!) and Mr. Schuester, played by Matthew Morrison, summed up this feeling in a very elegant way (I’ll paraphrase in a very non-elegant fashion). When we’re young, there is a lot of magic about the holiday – Santa Claus, the Tree, Decorations, Presents… but as we move past adolescence into adult hood, we outgrow the sensation of the holiday. That magical feeling disappears – maybe we feel we’re too big to enjoy in the childhood experience. Too often, along with that loss, we forget the importance and meaning of Christmas. As we become middle aged, we’d do anything – almost anything – to get that feeling back and remember what it is like to fully be in the Christmas Spirit.

As we all know – the true meanings behind Christmas should be felt year round – kindness, good will to our fellow women and men and most of all, giving of ourselves. But if we have trouble finding those meanings – in the midst of the holiday season, no less – then it becomes very difficult to carry that with us throughout the year.

We’d like to help everyone get in the Christmas Spirit this year. We’re going to give away Three Christmas Cake Party Packs (three gifts symbolizes something! :) ) to three of our readers, customers or fans who share with all of us either a photo of their holiday decorations, a Christmas party photo, a fond memory about Christmas or a short piece of prose about what Christmas means to them. We’re also going to donate three birthday cakes to a soldier overseas in the names of our three winners through our Operation: Birthday Cake program!

We’d love to see and hear what gets you in the spirit and hope that through our shared experiences, we can make that feeling stronger and help it last through out the year.

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT GIVEAWAY!

WHAT TO DO:
* Post a photo on our FACEBOOK FAN PAGE with your holiday decorations or at a Christmas party with friends and family
* Comment on this post with a memory about Christmas, or write about what Christmas means to you
* Enter as often as you’d like with those rules!

WHAT YOU CAN WIN:
* We’ll give away 3 Christmas Party Packs – each pack will include 4 of our 7″ gourmet brownie cakes to serve to friends and family for the holidays: Chocolate Mint Chip, Caramel & Pecans, Cookies & Cream and a Triple Mochachino Brownie. PLUS, we’ll put the three winners names on our donation list and send birthday cakes to soldiers serving overseas on their behalf. Give & receive!

DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted by Monday, 12/20 at 5pm so that we can process the winners and send out party packs in time for Christmas.

HOW WE’LL DECIDE: It will be tough to say one memory or photo is better than the other – Christmas isn’t about competition. Each entry will be assigned a number based on time of entry and we’ll use RANDOM.org to select the 3 winners from all valid entries.

Thanks for reading and we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

Remember Our Veterans

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Bake Me A Wish! would like to take a moment to remind everyone that the Freedom we enjoy came at a price; a sincere thank you and warmest blessings to our military personnel from yesterday, today and tomorrow. Through them, we have piece of mind and live in the best country in the world.

Our company contributes 5% of it’s online revenue to sending gourmet birthday and holiday cakes to deployed soldiers overseas – we shouldn’t need a single day to remind us of their efforts. To be sure, they are in our thoughts and prayers everyday.

Please view this video about the work we’re doing with Soldiers’ Angels to ensure that our military men and women are remembered and appreciated throughout the year.

Thank You General Martin

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Last week, Bake Me A Wish! had the honor of donating cakes for the retirement party of Brig. General Patrick Martin.  General Martin began his career in the US navy as a Petty Office second class in 1974 and finished a degree in  Electronic and Electrical engineering in 1983 from North Dakota university.  Over the following 27 years he held posts as Civil Engineering Officer in the 119th Civil Engineering Squadron and BioEnvironmental Engineer in the 119th Medical Squadron, eventually making his way to Chief of Joint Staff, and the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, in Joint Forces Headquarters.   Click here to read his complete bio.

A true hero, as evident in his dedication to our armed forces and his desire to help others succeed, we salute you General Martin.  Thank you for a lifetime of service.

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