• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Baking contest on June 22 supports Community Action

In-home bakers, chefs, cooks and culinary art students are being invited to participate in a baking contest to support Blue Grass Community Action Partnership’s ongoing efforts to help Woodford County families in crisis.

All proceeds from the sale of contest entries – cupcakes and cakes – will allow the nonprofit agency to help residents pay utility bills and rent during times of crisis as well as support the Woodford County Senior Citizens Center and Adult Day program, Community Developer Kelly Lariscy said.

She said winners for best taste, texture, presentation and creativity will get trophies, but more importantly will use their baking skills to “pay it forward” by helping others in the community.

From January to March, Blue Grass Community Action Partnership helped 300 Woodford County families keep their electricity on, Lariscy said.

In addition to the baking contest and auction Friday, June 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Center, attendees will see a cake decorating demo by celebrity baker and cake artist April Dunaway.

Woodford County Judge-Executive John Coyle has agreed to serve as auctioneer. Celebrity judges include Dunaway and former Woodford County Sheriff Wayne “Tiny” Wright, according to Lariscy.

“So we’re trying to get the community involved,” she added.

With limited federal funding, Lariscy said, “We’re only as good as our (community) partners are. … So we rely on our partners to succeed.”

The inaugural baking contest and auction on June 22 offers the opportunity for anyone in the community to purchase a beautiful cake and support the “incredible things” that are being achieved by Blue Grass Community Action Partnership with limited federal funding, said

Kerry Corcoran, assistant to Lariscy. “This,” she added, “is a major fundraiser for us.”

Also, Corcoran said anyone who has not been to the Senior Citizens Center or Adult Day program “will be able to see this wonderful facility and more of what we do there.” For additional information about participating in the baking contest (no fee to enter) call Lariscy at 873-8182 or email her at kelly.lariscy@bgcap.org. She has registration forms and rules for the contest available to anyone who contacts her by phone or email.

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