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4th Annual Cosmos & Cupcakes For Causes A Real Sweetie

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L-R Back Row: Regina McGrade, Pari Forood, Tina James, Gwen DeSousa, Atia Harvin and Richelle Winston, Tonya Addy, Seated: L. Judges Dan Maughan, Tomas and Ed Kowalski

This 4th annual “sweet” event to benefit three great charities, The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Littman Cancer Center at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital was held on Tuesday evening, June 2. Nearly 200 people gathered at Anthony’s Pier 9 to watch cupcake contestants crowned and extravagant mixologists making creative “spirited” cosmos. By popular demand guests SAMPLED the cupcakes this year, enjoyed a light supper followed by a fantastic program that told the “Story” of the ties that bind the organization and the people they serve.

Regina McGrade, VP of Marketing and Development at the Family Health Center, the events lead and founding agency shared; “The committee teams from each charity are very proud of the collaborative spirit in producing this event and working with each other every day for the health and wellbeing of our communities. The collaborations also included the SLC Auxiliary, The Friends of the Family Health Center, the students at The Nora Cronin Presentation Academy for production – painting over 200 clay pots (cupcakes).”

The event has raised nearly $50k for EACH charity to date.

The Best in Show winning cupcake this year was “Raspberry Patch” by Tina James.

The Fan Favorite AND Second Place cupcake was “Southern Charm” by Gwen DeSousa, a 2013 winner of this event.

Third Place was “Tres Leche” by Atia Harvin and Richelle Winston

The reigning Cosmo Champion (Pineapple Upside Down Cake 2014), Allison Sutherland was recognized for her 2015 Cherry Vanilla Cosmo.

Celebrity volunteer judges were:
Tomas, of Tomas Restaurant Group; Tomas Cafe in Wappingers Falls

 Ed Kowalski, CIA graduate and chef/owner of Lola’s Cafe under the Walkway, and Crave Restaurant in Poughkeepsie

Dan Maughan, Assistant Vice President, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital,  Littman Cancer Center

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