As cupcake wars continue to explode across the airwaves, one local non-profit organization is looking to bring awareness to an important cause with the sweet treats.
Rancho Damacitas – a Temecula-based home for abused and neglected children – is set to host the Blue Ribbon Culinary Cupcake Challenge from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 24 at the Temecula Civic Center.
“The event is (meant to be) a soft kick off for National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April,” said Terri Rausin, community liaison for Rancho Damacitas Children’s Homes.
The fundraising competition will feature both professional and amateur bakers battling it out for top cupcake honors, while also bringing attention to the plight of thousands of local children who need the support and services of a home like Rancho Damacitas.
“We thought this event would be fun and family-oriented. The cupcake competitions are so popular right now. But, it’s important that we raise awareness about abused and neglected youth,” Rausin said.
The “blue ribbon” is symbolic, representing the hardship of abused children everywhere and the effort to save them, Rausin added.
The event will be co-hosted by Robin McCoy, master baker and owner of Robin’s Nest in Old Town Temecula, who is whipping up a unique cupcake concoction for the competition.
The signature sweet will then be sold throughout the month of April in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, according to Rausin.
Guests of the day will have fun sampling the tasty creations – there is a People’s Choice Award – and will have the chance to take part in fun raffles and other activities.
Funds raised benefit Rancho Damacitas Children’s Home located in Temecula wine country.
Rausin said: “We need to make people aware that (abuse) is happening everywhere, even in our own neighborhoods.”
To learn more or to donate, visit www.4kidsfirst.org.
Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor of Southwest Riverside News Network. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note the corrected date change of the day’s event to March 24.