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Annual cake auction winners announced

| November 6, 2023

The 18th annual BPW Cake Auction was held in the Frontier Power Community Room on Nov. 4. This year’s theme was the movies.

Category’s included a children’s competition the rising star. The youngest baker to enter the competition was 5 and the oldest was 17. Next included most unusual or unique for adults and the people’s choice was an adult cake category as well. Sheri Fortune was auctioneer for the event and thanked everyone for their support of the cake auction.

“It was a little different when the cake auction was still on Main Street for five or six years. They used to have First Fridays which generated quite a bit of traffic. This is our second year at this location,” said Kim Gress, vice president and chair for the 2023 cake auction. “When people come in they are given a ballet for each category to vote and they can take as long as they want. Then we take the ballots into the kitchen and count the votes to get the winners. This is a lot of hard work, very time consuming, but I enjoy it thoroughly except for the last two days before the auction which are kind of crazy. We pick our theme and this year it is the movies. I went to Shelby Theater to see if they had any decorations we could use and so the stand ups and movie reels came from the theater. Last year’s theme was Halloween so a lot of BPW members had Halloween decorations and that was easy to do. ”

The rising star trophy for the children’s competition was presented to 8-year-old Avery Tiedt for a strawberry and lemon cake. She chose the Addams Family movie for her theme. The cake featured a disembodied hand of the Thing on top with a little help from her grandma Candy Tarman getting it centered. Tiedt is a student at Coshocton Elementary School.

Wendy Higley won for most unusual or unique cake. She made an at the movies vanilla cake with butter cream icing and everything you need for a movie night, as her incentive.

The people’s choice award accepted by Danielle Nichols was donated by 76 Armory and Columbiana War Machine on YouTube. Kori Kaufman made the spice cake with cinnamon butter cream icing. Incentives included a machine gun and lottery tickets for a total valued at $850.

Mayor Mark Mills entered the contest with a Willy Wonka Oreo, lemon and raspberry cake, actually two cakes made with different flavors by Betsy Crossley.

Business and Professional Women contribute to many great causes in the county including meet the candidates co-sponsoring with the Farm Bureau, they offer a $1,000 scholarship at River View school, and the BPW Working Woman’s Scholarship will be in May presenting $1,000 to the college of the woman who is working in her field for a year and is attending college. They co-sponsor Girls Buckeye State with the American Huntington Benefactors Auxiliary and donate $500 to Dollars for Scholars.

“First Step Family Violence is one that we support the most,” Gress said. “We support them whole heartedly and the Christmas Castle project with the Salvation Army. The BPW Foundation supports projects for senior citizens and the summer reading program for at risk youth, children’s books for Coshocton Behavioral Health and we are a member of Coshocton Chamber of Commerce. Also, the apple butter stirring at Roscoe Village, Fill a Backpack along with Coshocton Regional Medical Center and last year we did 15,000 book bags and back packs for foster kids through JFS, Miracle on Main Street and whatever comes along that we feel is a reasonable cause.”

If anyone is interested in becoming a member just contact any BPW member. Dues are $50 for a year.


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