The fourth annual Cookies for Kids Cancer bake sale in the Hamptons will be held on Saturday, July 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Amagansett Square. Proceeds from the sale benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment. This year, for the first time, some of New York’s top chefs and pastry chefs will be donating baked goods to the sale, including:
- Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar
- Karen DeMasco, Locanda Verde
- Dan Kluger, ABC Kitchen
- Mark Welker, NoMad
- Nancy Olson, Gramercy Tavern
- Carmen Quagliata, Union Square Cafe
- Lee Hanson, Minetta Tavern
- Marc Murphy, Landmarc
- Justin Smillie, il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
- Deborah Racicot, Red Rooster
- Tate’s, Butter Lane Bakery, Fresh Direct, This Chick Bakes, and more.
Visitors to the bake sale will find cookies, brownies, pies and cakes, and healthy fruit and nut bars from freshly pressed juice company, BluePrint, as well as Pop Chips. Many more baked goods will be provided by friends and neighbors in the community. Additionally, face painting will be offered for the kiddies.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a 501(c)3 non profit, was founded by parents Gretchen and Larry Witt, whose son Liam bravely battled neuroblastoma for four years until his untimely death at age 6 in 2011. During his illness, the Witts were shocked to learn that the main reason more than 25 percent of kids diagnosed with cancer do not survive is because of a lack of effective therapies, primarily due to lack of funding. Committed to doing all she could to raise funds as well as awareness for pediatric cancer research, Gretchen hatched a plan to bake and sell 96,000 cookies. All sold in three days and more than $420,000 was raised. Gretchen and her husband realized they had come up with a sweet way to get people involved in the bitter topic of pediatric cancer. In September 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer launched as a year-round, national organization. Today, bake sales are held across the country.