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(Left to right) Megan Balmer, Lainy Sewall and Jaine Johnson, representing Dunn Bros. Coffee, worked on their cake Thursday at the annual Piece of Cake! Celebrity Cake Decorating Contest and Auction at Marketplace Foods in Bemidji. Submitted photo

BEMIDJI -- The annual Piece of Cake! Celebrity Cake Decorating Contest and Auction at Marketplace Foods in Bemidji on Thursday raised more than $2,000 for the United Way of Bemidji Area’s Backpack Buddies program, which helps low income and children living in poverty in the Bemidji School District have access to nutritious, non-perishable and easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. 

In all, the event raised $2,603.65 for the program. Businesses and organizations, including their team names, competing this year included: Churches United (Churches the United Way), Dunn Bros. Coffee (The Dunn Sisters), First National Bank (First Dough Bakers), Karvakko Engineering (The Karvakko Kupkakes), Knife River Materials (Knife River Cake Pavers), Raphael’s Bakery (Cake Buddies), RP Broadcasting (Mix 103.7), Support within Reach (formerly the Sexual Assault Program), and Target (Bullseye Buddies). In addition, Marketplace Foods donated cupcakes to be auctioned off with Bemidji Axemen tickets donated by Sanford Health. To view pictures of the cakes and the teams that participated, or visit the United Way of Bemidji Area on Facebook.

Knife River Material’s Cake Pavers won the People’s Choice award, raising $1,064 in audience votes for their cake. The People’s Choice contest brought in $1,471.65 overall.

Raphael’s Bakery earned the highest cake bid award. Their cake package included more than $450 in gift certificates to local businesses. The nine cake packages auctioned off raised $1,095.