Richmond, Va. (September 1, 2017) – The eighth annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer RVA City-Wide Bake Sale will take place across metro Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 9. During the event, more than 20,000 gourmet cookies will be sold to benefit the national nonprofit that supports research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. Sales from the bake sales will be matched by OXO.
Through local bake sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer, the No. 1 disease killer of children in the U.S. The 2016 bake sale raised nearly $40,000. Over the last seven years, the event has raised more than $450,000 to support pediatric cancer research.
The national nonprofit was founded by former Richmonder Gretchen Holt Witt when her two-year-old son Liam was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. Witt and her husband were shocked to learn of the lack of effective treatments for pediatric cancers due to the lack of funding. Tragically, Liam lost his battle against stage IV cancer, but the Witts pledged to support the funding of research for safer, more effective treatments for children battling cancer.
To date, the national Cookies for Kids’ Cancer organization has granted $12.5 million dollars, funding 91 childhood cancer research grants, including 37 that are now treatments available for children battling cancer today.
Chesterfield resident Amber van der Meer is organizing the 2017 Richmond bake sales. Her son Ber was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer as a 4-year-old. After participating in three pediatric cancer trials he is now doing well and starting seventh grade.
“We are thrilled for the continued support we have received to make this city-wide event possible,” said van der Meer. “Funding pediatric cancer research means hope for so many children and families and every little bit makes a difference. We hope Richmonders will come out to support our bake sales and merchants again this year.”
On the eighth anniversary of the Richmond bake sales, hundreds of adults and youth volunteers, along with several local businesses, including the Carytown Merchants Association, Padilla, The Hodges Partnership, Keith Fabry, Kitchen Thyme and the merchants of Westhampton RVA will once again join forces to organize and promote bake sales for 2017.
The Richmond metro area bake sales will be powered by the donation of 20,000 gourmet cookies from Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies in Salem, Mass.
Bake sales all over RVA
To kickoff the weekend sales, a “mobile bake sale” will be held at the James Center on Thursday 10:30am – 1:30pm.
Carytown, Bellgrade, and Westhampton RVA merchants chip in
Once again, Carytown will serve as the anchor location for Saturday’s city-wide bake sale. Dozens of Carytown merchants have already pledged to donate 10 percent of their September 9 profits to the cause. Bake sales will be held up and down Richmond’s “Mile of Style” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ellwood Thompson's, Dogma, Sweet Frog, World of Mirth and a “drive-thru bake sale” across from the Byrd Theatre.
Several Westhampton and Bellgrade merchants have agreed to donate 10% of their sales on September 9th including: Shops at 5807, 1z2z3z, clara b, Yum Yum Good, Sara Campbell, Paper Plus, Bliss, Boyers, CCH Collection, Fraiche, and Nellie George. Bellgrade merchants include Bell Greek, Wood & Iron, The Olive Oil Taproom, and River City Diner. Many merchants have also agreed to make flat donations to support the cause including: Thistles, LK Couture, Gearharts Chocolates, Palani Drive, Gardner Orthodontics, and Kiss and Make Up. Thank you "cookie signs" will be displayed in the store window of all sponsoring Westhampton and Bellgrade merchants.
Stay up to date with the latest on the 2017 bake sales on the event’s Facebook group page, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rvagoodcookies and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/RVAbeagoodcookie/.
About Cookies for Kids’ Cancer
Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted $12.5 million, funding 91 research projects, including 37 that are now treatments available for children battling cancer today. Grants are peer reviewed by a scientific advisory board of esteemed pediatric cancer oncologists, with funds going directly to the leading pediatric cancer institutions in the country including: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dana Farber, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Texas Children’s Cancer Center. In addition, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is the largest single donor to the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Phase I Consortium project with a donation twice the amount that the Federal Government allocates per child enrolled. Since 2012, the team at Pan Am Equities has funded nearly 3 of these projects. Profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Today Show, Good Morning America, NY Daily News, Family Circle Magazine and dozens of other esteemed media outlets, tens of thousands of individuals have given to the cause to make a difference. Join us today by hosting an event, sending cookies, or simply giving to the cause. For more information, to sign up for an event or purchase cookies, please visit cookiesforkidscancer.org.
List of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer RVA Bake Sales
*This list will be updated with new locations at the bake sale approaches.
The City of Richmond
Other related bake sales
*Locations will be selling cookies from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., unless otherwise noted.