Burbank High School recently held the first ever dessert festival in the small gym to raise money for student activities. The event attracted 300 locals who enjoyed tasting freshly baked treats from local specialty dessert vendors.
From start to finish, the day was filled with incredible acts performed by; Phoenyx Belly Dancers, BHS Dance Team: Unleashed, Amy Krebs, Val and Her Lovers and Media Centre Dance. Along with food and entertainment, attendees were given many chances to win raffle prizes ranging from elegant baskets donated by Cupcake Roundabouts, Snookies Cookies and Nothing Bundt Cakes. The only non-edible prize was a unique movie-themed basket filled DVD’s, t-shirts, and other goodies, all donated by, Universal Pictures. Even The Lorax stopped by to shake hands and pose for pictures.
The event raised approximately 2,500 dollars with every cent going to help student activities for Burbank High. The entire day was a success because of the many volunteers who pulled together their time and talents to make sure the festival went off without a hitch.
When asked what he thought of the turnout, Sweet Success and CupcakesEverywhere.com founder and organizer, David Stamps replied, “This is what we love to do and will hopefully do this more and more. We will continue to raise money and awareness for nonprofits, youth organizations, etc. We are gearing up for partnerships with Cupcakes For Cancer, Burbank’s Arts Programming with the Board of Education and a few others! I want to thank everyone who participated. There are so many thank you’s. So many. Definitely Burbank High School, BurbankNBeyond.com, BHS Baseball Team, our amazing supporters and bakers and everyone who came out!!!”
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The Peacock Foundation
The Peacock Foundation was started in 2002 as a Public Benefit Company. Lisa Peacock was the driving force behind the creation and implementation of our animal assisted interventions. She suffered the loss of her father at the age of 9 in the crash of Northwest Flight 255. As a young child death did not make sense, and she was more focused on creating joy for her mother than figuring out where her father had gone. At her lowest points she would seek out the comfort of animals (horses, dogs, cats, rabbits).
These animals would never tell others how much her heart hurt. In 1996 Lisa began her higher education at Arizona State University. And in the spring of 1997 she was thriving. Until on April 29 her world shattered. Her mother was killed in a car accident on the way to a meeting.
At 19 she was an orphan. Relying on friends and family she tried to pick up the pieces of her life. Never would she imagine that the key to her healing would again lie in the paws, beaks, and hooves of others. She began working at the Phoenix Zoo in the fall of 1997, and has since professed this as the inspiration for The Peacock Foundation.
Lisa often contemplates what her life would have been like without the accessibility to animals. Drugs, sex, violence, and other harming behaviors were all hovering in the wings. However, given the choice an animal was the more appealing of the choices. “Ask any child,” she says,”and they will tell you time after time that they would choose to be with an animal when they are sad or upset.” However, so many children do not have this option. That is why Lisa has devoted her life to finding the children without access to animals, and making sure they get to experience the love and compassion they deserve.
Since conception in 2002, The Peacock Foundation has provided group counseling services to over 1000 children at over 20 community organizations. The programs have been so sought after that there is now a waiting list, and Lisa is dreaming of the day when that list is again empty. “Knowing there are children needing our services and we can’t not get to them because of funding is unacceptable,” Lisa states.
“Children making a “sweet” difference one crumb at a time”
This is Blake’s motto, as she inspires a community with her personally designed fundraiser “Cupcakes for Cancer”. Her vision began with the desire to help a fellow eighth grader battle leukemia. Blake and her “cupcake crew” sold homemade cupcakes for $1 after school and at local events. Not only did they raise $5000 in 6 weeks during the onset of her endeavor, she also succeeded in infecting her hometown with Cupcake Fever! This is real life cupcake angel invited YOU to join her “cupcake crew” nation wide to make your “sweet” difference one delicious crumb at a time! The icing on the cupcake? Miss Blake is a cancer survivor herself.
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