a baking contest in search of the best yeast and whole grain breads, sponsored in part by fleischmann’s yeast of ach food companies, bake for the cure gives individuals a new way to raise funds for and awareness about fighting breast cancer. bake for the cure events are held in state and county fairs across the nation, and with the bake for the cure entrance fee at the topsfield fair being donated to the susan g. koman foundation, topsfield alone raised $200 to contribute to the cause.
this year, diane monteiro of woburn, ma took home the top prize in both categories, taking home a total of $250 for her two first-prize recipes. but everyone agrees that the event is about more than the money, or even the joy of baking.
“it gets a lot more people thinking about the cause and it gets a lot of people involved,” said phyllis berrett of saugus, ma, co-chair of the food department at coolidge halI, in an interview with the hamilton-wenham chronicle. “it’s a good thing.”
events like this kind of defeat the purpose of procrastibaking– i bake to put off my responsibilities, whereas these bakers are baking for a very specific (and wonderful!) cause. but i think the story deserves merit on this blog, because though we might be baking with a different motivating factor, we all hope for the same end result: to create a delicious distraction, and ultimately, make people happy.
check out the bake for the cure link to see a baking event happening near you, and congrats to diane montiero for her wins!