Ready? It’s Time for Ithaca’s 4th Annual Cupcake Contest!

Tasty cakes. Delicious frostings. Creative toppings. We can’t wait to see what cupcake delights our amateur bakers have in store for us again this year. The 4th Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest will take place in the Commons on Saturday October 19.

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Contestants of all ages are invited and will be eligible for dozens of prizes including a Grand Prize valued at $250. (Open to amateur bakers only.)

Attention Teens and Pre-Teens: A $100 gift certificate redeemable at dozens of downtown Ithaca shops will be presented with this year’s Special Youth Award!

The contest is organized by The Sophie Fund, which was established in 2016 in memory of Cornell University art student Sophie Hack MacLeod to support mental health initiatives aiding young people.

The 4th Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest is sponsored by GreenStar Natural Foods Market, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, and Cayuga Medical Center.

To enter the cupcake contest, contestants are asked to bring their submissions to the Bernie Milton Pavilion in the Ithaca Commons from 10–11:30 a.m. on Saturday October 19. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a ceremony at the Pavilion later the same day at 3 p.m. There will be musical acts throughout the day!

Sophie’s passion for baking cupcakes inspired the launch of the contest in 2016. At the time of her death by suicide at age 23, while on a medical leave of absence from Cornell, Sophie was active in Ithaca’s vibrant culinary scene. According to her family, she hoped to open her own bakery after completing her Cornell degree.

In conjunction with the contest, The Sophie Fund is again organizing a “Cupcake Button” fundraising campaign, with monies donated this year to the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County, which fights sexual assault and domestic violence.

Click here for all the information on contest procedures and rules, and to download a registration form.

She Means Business!

Are you a teenaged girl between ages 13-16 who would like to start your own business someday? Yes, you can do it! Sign up for the She Means Business summer camp, a week-long entrepreneurial training program specifically designed for young women and hosted by Alternatives Federal Credit Union.

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She Means Business 2018 workshop

Alternatives believes that all young women should have access to the tools that will make them successful in today’s economy—and, moreover, that our entire community benefits when they do. The She Means Business summer camp takes place from July 22-26 at the Alternatives main branch at 125 North Fulton Street in Ithaca.

She Means Business participants learn about the myriad steps involved in developing a small business, from evaluating business ideas to building financial projections to retail pricing. During the workshop, students have the opportunity to learn from successful, local female business owners from across our community.

She Means Business culminates in a final presentation of the participants’ business development plans to a mock funders’ panel. Panelists provide individualized feedback to help the young women take the next steps toward entrepreneurship. Not only does this workshop educate local young women about entrepreneurship and offer them hands-on experience developing their business ideas, it also facilitates a network of local businesswomen of all ages who can offer their support and expertise as these young women navigate the business world.

It is our hope that through providing opportunities for education, feedback, and networking, She Means Business participants will feel empowered and obtain the practical knowledge they need to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

This Alternatives workshop stems from a partnership with Girls Mean Business, a local initiative focused on empowering young women through entrepreneurship courses. In 2016, Alternatives and Girls Mean Business teamed up and brought together the expertise of Kathleen Clark, Alternatives’ Business Development Manager, and Bevi Wallenstein, entrepreneur and founder of Girls Mean Business. Each year since, we have continued our partnership and renewed our dedication to bring this level of education to our community.

The cost of enrolling in She Means Business is $150.00, which includes lunch and snacks for the five-day duration of the program. Scholarships are available!

Click here to register for the She Means Business summer camp July 22-26.

For information about scholarships, contact Kathleen Clark at kclark@alternatives.org.

Click here if you would like to make a financial donation toward the future success of She Means Business. Community support helps us continue this workshop in years to come!

—By Grace Rychwalski

Grace Rychwalski is a Social Media & Grant Specialist at Alternatives Federal Credit Union

Photo credit: Jamie Love Photography

We’re Back! Ithaca’s 3rd Annual Cupcake Contest

Love to bake? Get out the mixer, put on your oven mitts, and make a batch of your favorite cupcakes for the 3rd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest in the Commons on Saturday October 13.

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Contestants of all ages are invited to enter this year’s competition, who will be eligible for dozens of prizes including a Grand Prize valued at $250. The contest is open to amateur bakers only.

Attention Teens and Pre-Teens: A $100 gift certificate redeemable at dozens of downtown Ithaca shops will be presented with this year’s Special Youth Award!

The contest is organized by The Sophie Fund, which was established in 2016 in memory of Cornell University art student Sophie Hack MacLeod to support mental health initiatives aiding young people.

The 3rd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest is sponsored by the GreenStar Natural Foods Market, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, and La Tourelle Hotel, Bistro and Spa.

Sophie’s passion for baking cupcakes inspired the launch of the contest in 2016. At the time of her death by suicide at age 23, while on a medical leave of absence from Cornell, Sophie was active in Ithaca’s vibrant culinary scene. According to her family, she hoped to open her own bakery after completing her Cornell degree.

To enter the cupcake contest, contestants are asked to bring their submissions to the Bernie Milton Pavilion in the Ithaca Commons from 10–11:30 a.m. on Saturday October 13. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a ceremony in the Pavilion later the same day at 3 p.m.

In conjunction with the contest, The Sophie Fund is again organizing a “Cupcake Button” fundraising campaign, with monies donated this year to the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County.

Click here for all the information on contest procedures and rules, and to download a registration form.

2nd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Coloring Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2nd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Coloring Contest! (And thanks to the team from Alternatives Federal Credit Union for running the event!)

1st Place (tie)

Caroleena Auge

Joumii Bard

 

2nd Place (tie)

Madelyne Myers

Elbie Rydzik

 

3rd Place

Olivia Phillips

 

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Caroleena Auge—1st Prize

 

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Joumii Bard—1st Prize

 

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Madelyne Myers—2nd Prize

 

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Elbie Rydzik—2nd Prize

 

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Olivia Phillips—3rd Prize

Alternatives and Us

The Sophie Fund is proud to announce that Alternatives Federal Credit Union is a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest held this Saturday October 14.

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Besides helping underwrite the costs of the contest with a financial donation, the fantastic Alternatives team has been working with us behind the scenes to make the event even better than last year. Among the additional features: a coloring contest for the kids (up to age 8). Participants won’t be disappointed!

We’re glad to share in the uniqueness that Alternatives brings to Ithaca. Cornell University (’73) social psychology grad Bill Myers founded Alternatives in 1979 with a mission of serving low and moderate-income people and communities. It prides itself in providing access to safe financial services and education for underserved people.

As a Community Development Credit Union, Alternatives is member-owned, locally controlled, and self-supporting. According to its statement of purpose:

“We believe that by controlling the flow of funds within a small community, the community can build itself to suit its own needs and be more self-reliant. Our social mission is integrated into our economic mission, so for whatever reason, joining Alternatives is making a choice towards a more economically just community.”

Alternatives has been recognized for its social mission and standard of excellence. In 2014, the National Credit Union Association ranked Alternatives as the No. 1 Community Development Financial Institution in the United States.

In 2011, the Wells Fargo Next Awards presented Alternatives with its Advocacy Award for its policy and advocacy leadership on a living wage that began as a local effort and grew into a national movement.

The Sophie Fund is honored to work with Alternatives in our efforts to support mental health initiatives aiding young people in our community.