Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Gilda’s Club Western New York’s Gingerbread… Gifts… Glitz…at Gilda’s Club event, held December 1-4 at Gilda’s Club, broke previous event records for both attendance and donations, it was announced Friday.
This year Gilda’s Club Western New York received a donation of $10,856 from the 24 local artists who participated in the event. Each artist donated 20 percent of his or her gross sales from the four-day event that drew more than 2,600 visitors.
“All of the artists are from the Buffalo area,” said Terri Campbell, event chair. “So, supporting this event not only helped Gilda’s Club, but local artists, too.”
“All the artists who participate love this event, and are thrilled to support such a wonderful and much-needed organization right here in Western New York,” said Anne Bliss of Bliss Designs, who organizes the artists’ portion of this event every year.
As part of the Gingerbread event, Gilda’s Club WNY sponsored a gingerbread house-making contest. A total of 55 entries were received in three baker categories: amateur (15), student (high school and college) (34), and professional (6).
The gingerbread houses were judged by Kathy Lawley Best (Lawley Insurance); Clotilde Perez Dedecker (Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo); Marge Zelman (Realty 1); Dominic Cortese (Cortese Brothers), and Ann Swan (community volunteer).
Cash prizes totaling $1,650 were awarded to the top three winners in each category. All gingerbread houses were auctioned during the weekend event, with proceeds to benefit Gilda’s Club.