(Studio 84 news release) On Saturday, October 3, 48 ticket holders lined up to collect their dozen cupcakes in Studio 84’s Chocolate Affair: Cupcake War. Located in Whitewater, Wisconsin, Studio 84 is a nonprofit art studio that specializes in the creative development of people with disabilities.
The Chocolate Affair: Cupcake War is Studio 84’s second annual event that celebrates chocolate and the art of baking. This year it got a total redesign from full sized cakes served indoors to cupcakes picked up curbside. With eight bakers entering their delicious cupcakes and decorated to the hilt, the competition was intense. There were 48 ‘judges’ who voted on the Best Tasting and the Best Decorated Cupcakes in the County. People could also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of two beautiful “Death by Chocolate” baskets created by board member Julie Witt.
Bakers who entered their baked goodies were: Sarah Hoots, Addison Sievers, Meredith Campbell, Jeanne Jonely, Angie Stevenson, Jasmine Haag, Katie Krueger, and Lacey Rebarcheck.
Winners of the 2020 Cupcake War were: Best Tasting was Lacey Rebarcheck and the Best Decorated was Meredith Campbell. They will hold this title till next year.
Winners of the raffle were Aimlee Sorenson and Dennis Hillary.
Board members Heather Ruenz and Maragaret Wheeler packaged up 48 dozen cupcakes (576 of them!) on Friday evening and handed them out curbside on Saturday. Board members Greg Porcaro and Karen McCulloch are happy to report that the event raised more than $1,500.
Proceeds from the event will assist with the many losses Studio 84 endured and continues to due to the shutdown with the pandemic. Director, Deborah Blackwell, states, “Our artists are back in the studio as of July 7th after almost four months of being closed. To maintain as much safety as possible we are operating at about a 25% capacity with returning artists. They are excited to be making art again and those who are in our career program are anxious to be selling their work again too. Sales went down to zero during the shutdown and are slowly coming back. All of their art fairs for the summer and fall had been canceled. Right now the only way they are able to sell their work is with our online store and they hope you will consider buying some of their items for holiday gifts this year.”