The sixth annual Sweet Charity Cake Auction/Competition to benefit the SCV Youth Project will be held Saturday at Valencia Country Club. The event will feature 21 decorated cakes to be auctioned to benefit the Youth Project which works with youth in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The SCV Youth Project , which opened in 2000, has assisted more than 33,000 local families, including 29,000 youth and 5,500 adults. The nonprofit provides services on 10 of the 12 schools in the William S. Hart High School District and last year provided more than 8,000 hours of service to more than 1,000 teens in the SCV with serious life challenges, including depression, suicide, grief/loss, peer pressure and drug/alcohol abuse, said Kim Goldman, executive director of the SCV Youth Project. Goldman became executive director in 2005.
Among the services offered are one-on-one counseling, support groups, outreach education and crisis intervention.
“The services we provide are 100 percent free,” said Goldman. The nonprofit is funded by donations, fundraisers and grants.
“We appreciate all the support we receive from the community,” she said. “We impact the lives of so many teens in the SCV who are struggling with normal teen issues and don’t have somewhere to turn for guidance and support.”
Goldman said the SCV Youth Project is an important organization for such a “family-focused community as the Santa Clarita Valley.”
“It’s important to be able to put your dollars back into the community in a way that supports families and teens,” she said. “I can’t think of a better reason to support this event.”
The Hart District currently has a student population of nearly 23,000 students, said Gail Pinsker, public relations officer of the Hart District.
Each of the cakes offered in the auction will be paired with items such as trips, gift certificates, event tickets, gift baskets and other prizes worth at least $100, said Goldman.
Goldman said among the cakes offered will but entrants from several area high schools.
“This is something new we are doing this year and we have West Ranch High School, William S. Hart High School and Saugus High School attending,” she said. “The schools will attend with their cheerleaders and are raising money in advance of the event. We will donate back to the schools based on the amount of money raised.”
Goldman said the event will also offer only 21 cakes this year.
“We limited the number of cakes offered for auction this year so we could offer
better cakes and better auction items,” said Goldman.
Guests can also purchase tickets for a raffle for a $2,000 seven-day California Coastal Princess Cruise. Tickets are $40 each and only 150 tickets will be sold.
Renee’ Kaehny, event chairwoman and president of the SCV Youth Project board
of directors, said the competition will be judged by Leigh Grode, celebrity judge from TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” and owner of the famous Joanie and Leigh’s Cakes in Bel Air, Taylor Spreitler from ABC Family’s “Melissa and Joey” and Sean Valentine, a morning radio personality on 104.3 MYfm.
Cakes will be awarded prizes based on their originality and creativity as well as the cake that raises the most money.
Sponsors of the event include Whitening Lightning, Clear Channel Outdoor, Chiquita Canyon, Kathy Watterson, QM Design Group, Gregg Goodman Insurance, Renee’ Kaehny Priscilla’s Salon, Tom Hough, CPA, Valencia Auto Center, Southwest Connection, Neil Weichel RE/MAX of
Valencia, Inside SCV Magazine, Mission Valley Bank, Morgan MacDougall Productions, Infinity Wealth Management, Wintrust Mortgage, RE/MAX, Priscilla’s Salon, About Time Printing, Red Temple Music, Margie Schaefer of Realty Executives, Louise Caldaronello of Realty Executives, KHTS, The Magazine of Santa Clarita and The Signal.
Guests are invited to attend the Sweet Charity Cake Auction 6 p.m. Saturday at Valencia Country Club, 27330 North Tourney Road, Valencia. Tickets (at the door) will cost $45 for the reception which includes food and refreshments.
All proceeds to benefit the SCV Youth Project. For more information on the SCV Youth Project click here.
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Source: Santa Clarita News