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Let them (bake and) eat cake for a cause

D/SAOC fundraiser will be April 14

April 1, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

As the annual Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center's cake auction approaches, so does a sweet opportunity to assist in the fight against domestic violence.

Now in its 17th year, the auction has become a vast two-auction event, according to D/SAOC counselor Carly Hewitt, who is one of the organizers.

"It's both a live auction and a silent auction," Hewitt said. "The proceeds from it go to our general fund to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in our eight-county area."

The silent auction will feature baskets filled with assorted items and cakes, as well as tickets to Iowa State University sporting events, jewelry, and gift certificates for local businesses.

"For the live auction, we will have some furniture that has been made from inmates at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility and the Rockwell City prison," Hewitt said. "We'll also be auctioning off some electronics and a TV."

The event is called a cake auction because every auction prize comes with a cake, she explained.

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If you go:

What: 17th annual D/SAOC?cake auction

When: Doors open at 5 p.m. April 14

Where: Webster County Fairgrounds

"Some of them are really elaborate and some are really basic," Hewitt said. "It's all up to the person making the cake and how they want to design it."

The cakes come from community members and local businesses, according to Hewitt.

This year, D/SAOC has made a few changes to its auction. For instance, it will sell shirts featuring cake auction-related designs on them.

"We are also going to have a smoothie bar set up, and we are bringing back grab bags that we've done in the past," she said. People who participate in the grab bag will also receive a cupcake.

Additionally, Hewitt said there will be a game played during the live auction, and a raffle for a chance at winning an iPad 2.

According to Hewitt, the auction has been successful in the past.

"This is my second year working with the auction, and from what I've seen and heard, it gets bigger every year," she said. "We're hoping for that this year."

Hewitt said the auction is not only a way to support D/SAOC, but it is a means of learning more about the organization as well.

"We encourage everybody to come out and take a look at our cake auction this year," she said. "They'll see what it's all about, D/SAOC is all about, and we hope they come support us and have a good time."

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