Pine Father's Day bake sale proceeds aim to help find dementia cure
Arrive early if you want a dozen or more of the artfully decorated, gourmet-style cupcakes slated for sale on Father's Day in Pine.
Bakers Sophia Hudock, 15, Rachel Felt, 20, and Chloe Napotnik, 13, all of Pine, plan to make more than 1,000 cupcakes in about 10 varieties for their fifth annual bake sale to benefit research on dementia.
“We have high ambitions,” said Rachel, a sophomore at West Virginia University who used to babysit Sophia and Chloe when they all lived in the same Pine housing plan. The treats will be available for $1.50 per cupcake or $12 per dozen on June 21 at the corner of Tanglewood Drive and Briar Hill Court in the Tanglewood housing plan of Pine.
Proceeds will benefit the Clear Thoughts Foundation, which awards grants to researchers looking for drugs or therapies able to prevent or halt dementia.
All of the young women appreciate the heartache that accompanies dementia.
Each had a grandparent or great-grandparent who suffered from dementia.
The trio plans to make 84 dozen cupcakes before their June 21 sale in a family friend's commercial kitchen located on Pittsburgh's North Shore.
The bake sale will offer Neapolitan, daiquiri, mocha, red velvet, chocolate and yellow cupcakes with cream cheese, chocolate buttercream and vanilla buttercream icings, each decorated with candy pearls, fondant or other edible adornments.
About 20 friends and neighbors have pledged to bake cookies for the fundraiser.
Giant Eagle donated a $100 gift card for ingredients, including unsalted butter, boxed cake mixes and sugar.
Last year, Sophia, Rachel and Chloe baked 700 cupcakes for their fundraiser and raised about $3,400 for the Clear Thoughts Foundation.
“We sold out everything,” said Sophia, a freshman at Pine-Richland Middle School.
Chloe, an eighth-grader at the school, is the daughter of Hayley Jameson of Pine, co-founder of Clear Thoughts Foundation.
Hayley and her brother, Matthew Jameson of Hampton, launched the not-for-profit foundation after their late father, Donald M. “D.J.” Jameson Jr., a former U.S. Steel Corp. executive, developed frontotemporal dementia. He died on Dec. 25, 2013. Last year, the Foundation awarded its inaugural Donald M. Jameson Jr. Fellowship — a $30,000 grant — to neuroscientist Dr. Roya DePasquale, formerly of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurology and Molecular Psychology.
South Side-based Cognition Therapeutics Inc. also donated $30,000 in laboratory facilities and supplies to help advance DePasquale's research into neurodegenerative disorders.
“Every dollar we raise goes directly to our scientists,” Hayley said. “Our research is geared to eventually eradicate the disease (dementia) forever.”
To raise more money for more research grants, the foundation will stage a Monte Carlo casino-style benefit — its Roll for a Reason Gala — on Nov. 6 at the J. Verno Studios on Pittsburgh's South Side. Last year, a similar gala raised about $68,000 for dementia research.
The foundation's fifth annual benefit bake sale is set for 10 a.m. until the baked goods sell out on June 21 at the corner of Tanglewood Drive and Briar Hill Court in the Tanglewood housing plan in Pine.
More information on the Clear Thoughts Foundation is available at www.clearthoughtsfoundation.org.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.