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This spring basket, at the Canajoharie Library, is loaded with gardening items.

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This reading-focused basket is on display at the Canajoharie Library.

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This "Hello Kitty" basket was created by Canajoharie Librarian Leah LaFera.

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This $100 "Lottery Tree" basket, donated by Marge Datz, can be bid on at the Canajoharie Library.


Library readies for first Cupcake Wars and Basket Raffle April 26

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - Updated: 4:52 AM


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE — Canajoharie Library staff, Cupcake Wars and Basket Raffle Fundraising Committee members, and Event Co-Chairs Joanne Mickle and Peg Voth have been having a blast wrapping and displaying the nearly 40 baskets they've accumulated for their Friday, April 26 event, which they hope will become the first in an annual tradition.

The Basket Raffle Fundraising Committee started organizing in January, sending out letters and soliciting for donations in February, with the deadline for donated items being last week, allowing adequate time to group the items in baskets and put them on display, ready to be bid upon by April 2.

"Response for the baskets has been very fine," said Mickle, explaining, "people have been very generous and happy to do it." 

The event will also consist of "Cupcake Wars", wherein 10 professional local bakers and caterers will compete for cupcake-related titles, including "Most Creative" and "Most Tasty", decorating their homemade creations in front of attendees. Cupcake Wars will be free to watch, and cupcakes will be for sale.

Cupcake Wars and Basket Raffle is the first fundraiser held since last year's unsuccessful attempt to ask the community for funding, and Mickle noted the importance of raising funds in today's economic climate. "We're down to the wire," she said, explaining that staff has been cut, as well as hours, and with Canajoharie Library still being one of the few libraries in New York State that doesn't receive taxpayer funding, "we're hoping this will be some help in whatever way is needed," from stocking the shelves with books, to scheduling programming. All funds raised during the event will specifically benefit the Canajoharie Library.

“This is a tough year for our library as we have had to make extremely drastic financial cuts to all aspects of library services. To see people who recognize the value of having a strong library in their community is an amazing thing” said Library Director Leah LaFera. “We hope that this fundraiser’s success can lead to more members of the community stepping up to help their library.”

The library is currently looking to round out their slate of bakers. As of last week, they had secured five to participate in the Cupcake Wars, and are looking for five more to compete. 

Raffle tickets for the April 26 event, which will take place from 6-8 p.m., are currently on sale at the library, and baskets can be bid upon now through April 26. Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6/$5.00 or 13/$10.00. Drawing will be held at the closing of festivities on April 26 and winners need not be present to win.

It was also noted that a Canajoharie Library summer fundraiser is already in the preliminary planning stages, possibly taking place sometime in August.

For more information, or to express interest in baking in the Cupcake Wars, please contact the library, located at 2 Erie Blvd., at (518) 673-2314.

Joshua Thomas - Cupcake Wars and Basket Raffle Co-Chair Joanne Mickle surveys the bountiful spread of baskets on display at the Canajoharie Library. The event will take place Friday, April 26, from 6-8 p.m.

Joshua Thomas - Canajoharie Library's Customer Service Clerk puts out baskets last week.

Joshua Thomas - This basket, on display at the Canajoharie Library, features cat toys, dog toys and treats. 

Joshua Thomas - All types of baskets are currently on display, ready to be bid upon, at the Canajoharie Library.

Joshua Thomas - This $100 "Money Tree" basket, donated by Tom and Joanne Mickle, is on display at the Canajoharie Library.

Joshua Thomas - About 40 baskets can be bid upon now at the Canajoharie Library.

Joshua Thomas - The "Your Own Spa at Home" basket, at the Canajoharie Library, was donated by Nancy Jones.

Joshua Thomas - About 40 baskets can be bid upon now at the Canajoharie Library.


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