Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Event Offers Sweet Way to Help Community

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Event Offers Sweet Way to Help Community

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By Carlee Lammers Staff writer

When looking to fundraise for Faith in Action, Jennifer Waggener said she wanted to do something unique - something "sweet. And so the idea for Sweet Charity, a dessert competition now in its third year, was born.

The event, which will take place Thursday, features eight chefs and bakers who put their skills to the test in front of a panel of celebrity judges.

Each entrant will be judged by Morgan Robinson, former local radio personality and current director of communications for the Clay Center; Jim Strawn, president of Jim Strawn & Company; and Kallie Cart, award-winning anchor and reporter for WCHS-TV8. Entrants will be judged on presentation, creativity and taste. There will also be a people's choice award, decided on by the event attendees.

"We really tried to find unique ways to bring our message out to the community. We don't want to duplicate events that are already done, said Waggener, the executive director of Faith in Action.

Guests will be able to sample desserts from each entrant, enjoy music, win door prizes and sample wines from West Virginia's West White Hill Winery.

Bridge Road Bistro will also provide a cash bar at the event, a new addition to the event this year, Waggener said.

This year's entrants include Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, Sugar Momma Sweets, Delights by Davis, CakeWalk Designs, Ms. Groovy's Kitchen, Edgewood Summit, Rock City Cake Company and last year's champion, Lil' Bit of Heaven Cupcakes.

Waggener said the group is a "good and exciting mix of new entrants, returning competitors and up and coming bakers.

Waggener said she believes some of the newer entrants could prove to be tough competitors for the event's veteran participants.

"We bring a lot of different elements from the community together, Waggener said. "People of all ages and from all facets of the community.

Adam Harris, executive producer of Mountain Stage, will serve as the emcee for the event, which is expected to draw 200 people.

The event will be held at Columbia Pipeline Group auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. …

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