PIQUA — Seventy-nine cakes ranging from butter brickle to a pie-shaped cherry concoction will sweeten the pot for the 11th Annual Cakes for a Cause auction scheduled to take place from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Miami Valley Centre Mall. This year’s theme is “Games People Play.”
The popular auction pairs cakes with incentives as presented by Piqua’s business community, organizations and individuals. Incentives can range from tickets to a sporting or cultural event to gift baskets and theme parties at donors’ homes.
All proceeds are earmarked toward the grant-making fund of The Piqua Community Foundation which has provided over $890,000 in grant money to numerous non-profit organizations since 1995, according to Executive Director Karen Wendeln.
This year’s event is being chaired by Sharon Semanie with assistance from committee members Marsha Koon, Susan Walker Hemm, Stacy Scott, Caryn Scott, Gail Staley and Susan Haas.
Auctioneer Steve Mikolajewski will auction off four of the creative cakes and incentives at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the mall concourse near Bath and Body Works. The event coincides with a Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” event nearby. All cakes will be displayed and early bids will be accepted by the public up until 8 p.m. Live bids will resume at 10 a.m. until noon the following day. Phone-in bids will be taken from noon to 5 p.m. Friday. All winners will be notified as bidding windows close.
Cake aficionados are encouraged to follow the auction action on 1570 AM or 98.1 FM for live cut-ins or watch on WOTVC Piqua Channel 5 or Channel 5-104 or stream at Piquatv5.com to bid. Call in bids on April 22 at (937) 778-3422.
The first of four cakes being auctioned off at the April 21 kick-off is a French vanilla cake with butter cream icing created by Rhonda Bingaman of Rhonda’s Cakes N-More of Bellefontaine. The cake, donated by Cheryl and Jim Burkhardt, is decorated with a beer motif and represents a Brew Bracket Beer tournament as the incentive.
The Burkhardts are hosting an evening tournament for eight guests structured similar to a March Madness basketball tournament. High bidders will sample eight beers, head-to-head in a blind tasting. Tasting rounds are recorded and favorites advance to the next level of the bracket until a final winner is declared. Snacks, beverages and “Dr. Beer’s” trivia are included in the fun tournament.
Benny and Stacy Scott are also avid supporters of the Piqua Community Foundation and their rum cake is being baked by Dobo’s Delights Bake Shoppe. The highest bidder -— total of 10 adult guests — will enjoy a “Funday Sunday” event at the couple’s residence around the patio and pool. Fun games such as flip cup, giant Jenga, quarters and corn hole will be played, with specialty craft beers and other beverages available poolside throughout the afternoon. Barbecue and several tantalizing Southern side dishes will also be served.
Michael and Susan Yannucci of the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home are donating a scrumptious chocolate cake also baked by Dobo’s Delights. In tribute to this year’s theme “Games People Play,” the Yannuccis are offering a new 40-inch RCA digital Smart TV as their incentive. In addition, they are also providing the public with a chance to win another 40-inch television following Cakes for a Cause. Visit their website at jamiesonandyannucci.com for more details about a special game which ends Monday, April 25.
The Miami Valley Centre Mall is offering a fun-filled package to use opening night as well as 12 months later. The “pie-shaped” cherry cake is being made by Dobo’s Delights and comes with the hottest board game, Hasbro’s Pie in the Face game. And that’s not all. The mall is “throwing” in a $200 Cinemark gift card, one Dobo’s Delights pie per month for a year and a chance for the highest bidder to decide who they want to “throw” a pie at — Piqua Mayor Kazy Hinds or Funeral Director Mike Yannucci. The pie-throwing will commence following the live auction on April 21.
For more information about the fun-filled Cakes for a Cause event, contact the Piqua Community Foundation at (937) 615-9080 or visit the website at piquacommunityfoundation.org.
Sharon Semanie is a journalist and longtime Piqua resident. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.