During the height of the pandemic in 2020, I decided to organize a Bake Sale to support the For the Culture publication by Klancy Cooks. I followed Klancy closely on her journey to publish the For the Culture magazine, which celebrates women and femmes in food and wine. She organized a GoFundMe campaign and a few local events but still sought support to fund the magazine. Here's where I enter the chat. I felt compelled to contribute in some way. So, to me, organizing a bake sale would be a tried and true fundraiser for the first-of-its-kind magazine.
The bake sale was initially scheduled for March 22, 2020, as a one-day event. No one expected COVID-19 to disrupt our lives in many ways; specifically our ability to gather in spaces to fellowship and support causes such as this one. After much consideration and discussion, an online bake sale was born. Keia Mastrianni, writer and head baker at Milk Glass Pie, helped me organize the bake sale. We reached out to the baking community here in Charlotte for their support. Everyone was excited to participate. We also invited the baking community outside of Charlotte, in Asheville and Raleigh. Again, everyone was eager to participate. We even had people out of state inquire about participating in the bake sale. Almost thirty bakers in North Carolina participated in the month-long online bake sale. After the bake sale, we raised $ 9,252.26 for Issue 01 of the For the Culture magazine, released in January 2021.