Arts & Culture / Mosaic / May 13, 2009

Desserts for books

Pi Beta Phi held a dessert fair on Saturday to raise money for First Book, an organization that provides books to disadvantaged children. There were close to two-dozen different desserts at the fair, which people could sample for a donation.

Local businesses, current students, alumni, and professors provided the desserts.

“We had this event last year in the Antiques Mall, and we were setting out a plan for spring this year. Last year was for cystic fibrosis […] this year we decided to do First Book who we already have a relationship with,” said Rebecca Chelton, Pi Phi’s head of philanthropy. Pi Phi’s national organization has a relationship set up with First Book.

This year, the dessert fair was in the library.

“We picked the library rather than the Antiques Mall because we thought that it fit in better with the theme of First Book, which is to provide books to children,” said Chelton.

According to First Book’s website, “[First Book founder Kyle Zimmer] realized that there were millions of potential readers, future workers, citizens and parents, who were eager to love reading and learning, but were without the tools to do so. Spurred to action, Kyle left her day job and in 1992 founded First Book to provide new books and resources to the children who needed them the most. That first year, First Book delivered 12,000 books to local communities in the Washington, D.C. area. Now, 17 years later, First Book has delivered more than 60 million books to programs serving children in need across the United States and Canada.”

“Everything was donated [for the dessert fair]. We went around a few weeks ago and let businesses know who we are and what we’re doing,” said Chelton.

Many businesses were involved, for instance, Spudoe’s and Q’s Café donated food and The Landmark donated a gift certificate for the raffle that went along with the dessert fair.

Andrea Johnston said, “It’s better than my mom’s,” in reference to a Texas Sheet Cake. The other big hits at the fair were doughnuts provided by Spudoe’s and a rhubarb pie.

Ben Reeves

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