University Children's Center Raises Money Through Bake Sale

Proceeds to benefit Growing Power in Chicago communities

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We chose Growing Power because unlike collecting cans or other nonperishables for a food drive, donating funds to this organization will teach neighbors how to garden and provide Chicago residents with healthy, ecofriendly food.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 15, 2012

University Children’s Center in the Streeterville area of Chicago will hold a bake sale Friday to raise money for Growing Power, an organization working to transform communities and their environments by developing community food systems.

The bake sale, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the University Children’s Center downtown location, will feature a wide array of treats baked by the parents of the center’s participants. In addition, Chef Boris Kirzhner from Saloon Steakhouse has donated 100 key lime pies, which will be available while supplies last.

“We are very excited to hold this bake sale and contribute to the great work that Growing Power is doing all over our great city,” said Vivian Valtas, one of the parents organizing the event. “We had many different people bake some delicious items for our sale, and we’re looking forward to raising funds for a great cause. Of course, the highlight will be the pies generously donated by Chef Boris and Saloon Steakhouse.”

Growing Power leverages innovative methods in local food production to provide healthy and affordable sources of food for all residents of the community. It empowers people to learn new skills and offers a robust outreach program, partnering with educational institutions and organizations. Growing Power was started in Milwaukee in the early 1990s and has since expanded to include several initiatives in Chicago.

“We chose Growing Power because unlike collecting cans or other non-perishables for a food drive, donating funds to this organization will teach neighbors how to garden and provide Chicago residents with healthy, eco-friendly food at their restaurants and markets,” said Elizabeth Miller, lead organizer of the bake sale. “Growing Power also provides many youths with a unique experience to gain a connection to and appreciation of the food they eat. We are happy to donate our proceeds to such a deserving organization.

The University Children’s Center offers an exclusive educational program to young children that allows participants to develop in a physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially healthy way. The program features a unique curriculum for each age level, with unlimited opportunities for children to learn and explore. The center offers care to faculty, staff and students of Northwestern University, as well as local families.

To take part in the bake sale, visit the University Children’s Center, located at 440 E. Ontario Street, on November 16. For more information on Growing Power and its work, go to HYPERLINK "http://www.growingpower.org" http://www.growingpower.org.


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