(Family Features) If you love to entertain and want to support a good cause, now you can do both at the same time.
Invite family, friends or colleagues for a dinner party, barbecue, office party, dessert sampling or any kind of get-together from July 15 to 24, 2011 to participate in 1,000 Cooks for the Cure. Instead of wine, flowers or some other token of appreciation, ask guests to bring a donation in any amount to Komen for the Cure. The funds can be designated for either the organization's national efforts or local breast cancer initiatives. The goal is to enlist 1,000 cooks to host gatherings all over the country.
Cook for the Cure®, a partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and KitchenAid, was created to give those with a passion for cooking a number of ways to support the cause by doing what they do best. "It adds another layer of purpose to one of life's great pleasures, cooking and enjoying food with family and friends," said Debbie O'Connor, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid.
If you're interested in hosting a party, visit www.CookfortheCure.com to register and obtain a unique host identification number. Registered hosts will get access to an information kit that includes party ideas, recipes like the two shared here, and donation gathering information.
Cook good food, share time with friends, and give back to the community - that's a recipe for a truly great party.
The new Raspberry Ice Stand Mixer from KitchenAid celebrates the 10th anniversary of Cook for the Cure.
A Gift That Keeps on Giving
Hosts participating in 1,000 Cooks for the Cure, and registered at www.CookfortheCure.com, who raise more than $50 will receive a KitchenAid "Pass the Plate" serving platter donated by Villeroy & Boch as a thank you by mail upon receipt of contributions. Designed with charming artwork by PBS cooking show host Jacques Pépin, the platters were created to be "re-gifted" again and again, along with a homemade culinary creation from the giver. Each time the individually numbered plates are registered online and passed along to others, KitchenAid will make a $5 donation to Komen, ensuring that parties keep on giving long after grateful guests have gone home. Now in its 10th year, Cook for the Cure has raised over $8 million for the cause. KitchenAid has committed to donating a minimum of $450,000 to Komen in connection with Cook for the Cure in 2011.
For more information on 1,000 Cooks for the Cure and other ways to participate, visit www.CookfortheCure.com. For more information about Komen for the Cure, visit www.Komen.org.