Cupcake Festival benefits Children’s Miracle Network
HURRICANE — Life was truly sweet for the guests of the 5th annual Cupcake Festival as they sampled cupcakes from a dozen vendors from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky on Saturday, Aug. 25 in Hurricane’s Valley Park.
It was an impressive sight to behold with hundreds of delicious-looking treats filling the tables inside one of the Park Community Center’s great rooms. The event also featured many craft vendors and artisans giving the guests an opportunity to shop for unique handmade items.
The day’s program offered much entertainment, starting with a Cupcake Chase 5K, where participants got to decorate their own cupcake along the way and bring it in for judging. Amateur bakers, young and old, had a chance to show off their skills in an amateur cupcake competition. The program also included a beauty pageant that featured different age categories and a pet photo contest.
The event’s growing popularity helps it to raise thousands of dollars each year to benefit the Children’s Miracle
Network Hospitals, which is a North American nonprofit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues.
In West Virginia, the WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital in Morgantown is a member of the Children’s Miracle Network.
“To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care,” according to a statement from CMN. “Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $5 billion....Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.”
According Festival director Rita Skeens, the Cupcake Festival isn’t the only annual fundraiser hosted locally to benefit the network. Additional money is raised through golf and bowling tournaments, organized by the same team of women. Together, the fundraisers produce an estimated total donation of $30,000 each year.
“This cause needs a lot of support, and we try our best to give it,” Skeens said.