Cake fundraiser is sweet for American Heart Association

MORGAN CITY, La. — The “That Just Takes the Cake” social benefitting the American Heart Association Friday raised $21,500, according to committee member Gwen Luc.

The cocktail event — a silent auction, steak dinner, live cake auction and dancing — was held at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City with 125 people in attendance.

Luc said the silent auction raised $3,000, sponsorships brought in $10,000, and $2,500 was raised on the raffles of a gun and safe.

There were 10 cakes auctioned ranging between $275 and $1,200. Cupcakes also were sold for $25 each to individuals who did not win a cake. The cake auction raised a total of $6,000, Luc said.

Money raised through That Just Takes the Cake benefits the community through the continued funding of biomedical research and ongoing educational programs, resulting in lives saved and enhanced health and wellness, Luc said.

American Heart Association-funded research leads to many important discoveries such as CPR, life extending drugs and surgical procedures that save thousands of lives each year.

That Just Takes the Cake also funds a Teaching Garden at Bayou Vista Elementary and will fund the establishment of a second Teaching Garden at Hattie Watts Elementary in Patterson, according to Laura Broussard, senior regional director for American Heart Association.

The organization has funded more than 200 gardens across the country. They are looking to place a third at a Morgan City elementary school.

Broussard said the gardens give students “the option to look at those fruits and vegetables as an option that maybe they didn’t think about. They eat maybe a carrot or a squash and say ‘I’ve never had that before,’ and it’s shocking but it’s what we’re seeing across the country.”

American Heart Association Teaching Gardens are a national, school-based program associated with curriculums in math, science and English designed to re-establish what it means to be healthy. Aimed at elementary school students, the Teaching Garden program provides hands-on learning experiences rooted in offering nutritional choices.

Every dollar raised in the community receives 11 cents in matching funds from the national American Heart Association organization, Broussard said.

“Everything we raise goes back into the community for that teaching garden,” Broussard said. “Last year we raised about $15,000 and hopefully this year we’ll be able to do the same thing. Every dollar goes back toward that one project.”

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