United Way cake auction set for Monday, Tuesday

BIG RAPIDS — Everyone with a sweet tooth, rejoice — the annual United Way “Big Country” 100.9 FM 2017 Great Cake Auction is fast approaching.

Karen Bluhm shows off “Aunt Dorothy’s Chocolate Cake” during the 2016 United Way cake auction. Bluhm is returning this year with three cakes to sell. (Courtesy photo)

The annual fundraiser has been part of the overall United Way campaign for almost 30 years now, said Betty Seelye, executive director of the Mecosta-Osceola United Way.

Auctioning off delectable desserts over the radio, the event offers a little of everything, including cakes, pies, cookies and more. From 8:45 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 20, and Tuesday, Nov. 21, bidders can tune in to the auction on 100.9 FM. When the item they’re hoping to purchase comes up for auction, people call (231) 796-7000 to place their bids. Anyone hoping for a glimpse of the tasty morsel currently on the block can visit wwbr.com to see pictures of the desserts.

“A couple people are making extra desserts and we’re selling those also,” Seelye said. “For instance, Pere Marquette Catering usually gives us three pies, a pumpkin, an apple and a pecan, and this year they’re donating three more as well, so we have six pies coming.”

Osceola County Clerk Karen Bluhm is bringing “Aunt Dorothy’s Chocolate Cake,” as in years past, and this year she’s bringing three.

“It’s so good she sells three. She brings two more cakes with her to the auction,” Seelye said.

Other returning favorites include two big plates of fudge and cookies from Patterson’s Flowers owner Bob Patterson and Pat Currie’s “Mecosta County Fair ‘Horsin’ Around’ Cake.”

“Pat Currie has extra time instead of 15 minutes to sell his, and believe me, he needs it,” laughed Seelye. “The radio personalities love him — it’s a whole lot of fun. If people haven’t tuned in before, they’ll tune in then.”

Last year, Carl Jefts brought a tractor cake, complete with toy tractor pulling the cake on a wagon. This year, he’s planning “The Wagon Surprise.”

“He’s not telling anybody what it will look like, but it’s going to have a little farm machinery toy with the cake incorporated into it,” Seelye said.

The cake auction raised $7,640 last year for the United Way campaign. Seelye said the goal for this year’s event is $7,700.

Overall, the fundraising effort is about halfway to the $450,000 campaign goal, she added.

“It’s a little slower this year than in past years for a variety of reasons, but we’re about where we usually are, or maybe a little under,” Seelye said. “This event is good not only for the money it brings in, but also for the awareness that the campaign is still going on.

“People can pick up something for their Thanksgiving dinner, if they’re supposed to bring a cake or pie or something, or if an office is fairly good sized, everybody could throw in money and get a pretty good dessert to share that day.”

2017 Great Cake Auction Schedule:

Monday, Nov. 20

• 8:45 a.m. Nancy Burmeister — Nancy’s Carrot Cake

• 9:15 a.m. Betty Seelye’s Giant Apple Pie with Starbucks Coffee

• 9:30 a.m. (until 10 a.m.) Karen Bluhm, Osceola County Clerk — Aunt Dorothy’s Chocolate Cake(s)

• 10:15 a.m. Chef Randy, River Junction Restaurant — Award Winning Brownie Cake

• 10:30 a.m. Sue Haut, attorney — Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cheesecake

• 10:45 a.m. Maggie Walcott — Southern Coconut Cake

• 11:15 a.m. Triple C Excavating — “We Dig Our Jobs” Chocolate Cake

• 11:30 a.m. Molly Cataldo, Edward Jones — “Finish Rich” Double Lemon Cheesecake

• 11:45 a.m. Jeft’s Farm Bureau Insurance, Carl Jefts — The Wagon Surprise

Tuesday, Nov. 21

• 8:45 a.m. McDonald Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler — 2 Plates of No Bake Cookies

• 9:15 a.m. 4-H Cooking Club — Clover Cake

• 9:30 a.m. MOISD Career Center Culinary Students — Culinary Specialty

• 9:45  a.m. Patterson’s Flowers & Gifts — 2 Big Plates of Fudge & Cookies

• 10:15  a.m. Mecosta-Osceola Youth Attention Center — Shay’s GREAT Double Batch Peanut Brittle

• 10:30 a.m. Pere Marquette Catering — Pies, Pumpkin, Apple & Pecan

• 10:45 a.m. Pere Marquette Catering — 3 extra Pies

• 11:15 a.m. (until noon) Pat Currie, Currie’s BP — Mecosta County Fair “Horsin Around” Cake


Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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