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Students help organize Cupcakes for Wishes competition

October 18, 2019
By KATIE EGAN ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Local residents are decorating cupcakes for a great cause.

And for a small fee, attendees will be able to help judge the contest.

Next Friday, Oct. 25, from 5-7 p.m., there will be a cupcake making competition for professionals and amateurs.

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Cupcakes from LadyCakes Bakery.

The event, Cupcakes for Wishes, will be held at the Cape Coral Power Squadron, and prizes will be awarded based on appearance and taste.

"It's a fun way to be creative," Cape High student Madison Bickford said. "Then you get to eat it!"

Bickford is one of the Cape Coral residents who came up with the idea for the event.

Tickets to participate in the contest are $20 and general admission is $7. All attendees who pay $7 can help judge in the competition.

Bickford and two other Cape Coral High seniors came up with the idea and approached LadyCakes Bakery for guidance.

The goal is to raise $1,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.

LadyCakes co-owner, Bess Charles, is asking participants to bring their own cupcakes.

"We want them to be able to bake them and come up with their own recipe," she said. "Part of this is taste."

The three students -- Bickford, Trisha Phan and David Wishtischi -- came up with the concept and idea for the competition.

"They approached me to become a sponsor," Charles said. "My part is just a mentor, a guide because I have worked with different organizations before doing events."

She's there to guide them and answer questions.

But the students are the moving force.

Phan and Bickford came up with the idea while they were volunteering at a literacy festival for Make-A-Wish that involved cupcakes.

"We thought it would be a really cute idea to make a cupcake competition or event," Phan said.

There will be mini games, a silent auction and they'll also be selling raffle tickets.

"They will be used as money, we'll say, throughout the event," Charles said.

A ticket price will be assigned for each station. For example, for X amount of tickets you can purchase something to eat.

Mission BBQ is donating food for the evening.

While the high school seniors hope to raise $1,000, Charles said her own personal goal is $2,500.

They're also hoping to see 100 people come out and celebrate all things cupcakes.

The event at the Power Squadron, at 917 S.E. 47th Terrace, will have a Halloween theme, but there is no limit on the theme for decorating the cupcakes.

Phan wants to make sure everyone who comes to the event has a good time.

"It doesn't matter if one person shows up," she said. "I want that person to have the best possible time they can have."

Soon they will see all of their hard work pay off. What better way to get in the fall spirit than a Halloween-themed event and delicious cupcakes?

Charles said the seniors will go far. And after orchestrating the Cupcakes for Wishes event, it's easy to see why.

"They are so community-driven and help-driven," she said. "They want to give back."

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