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Becky Thul with team Sweet Solutions puts the final touches on North Country Business Products’ cake Wednesday during the third annual Piece of Cake! Celebrity Cake Decorating Contest. Eleven teams decorated cakes to raise monies for the United Way Backpack Buddies Program hosted at Marketplace Foods. Not pictured were team members Sara Martinka and Jessica Anderson. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

United Way of Bemidji Area: Cake contest raises more than $3K

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BEMIDJI – Eleven celebrity teams combined creative forces Wednesday on behalf of the United Way of Bemidji Area.

The United Way’s third annual Piece of Cake! Celebrity Cake Decorating Contest and Live Cake Auction generated $3,214 for its Backpack Buddies program.

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Each team had 45 minutes to design one-of-a-kind cakes, which were sold auctioned by Wynn Richardson.

The businesses and organizations competing this year were Karvakko Engineering (The Karvakko Kupkakes), Bemidji Community Soup Kitchen (Kitchen Kakesters), Knife River Materials (Knife River Cake Pavers), Paul Bunyan Broadcasting (Radio Flyers), Bemidji Workforce Center (Job Junkies), Headwaters Science Center (Headwaters Head Bakers), RP Broadcasting (Mix 103.7), North Country Business Products (Sweet Solutions), Evergreen Youth and Family Services (Ever Sweet), First National Bank (First Dough Bakers) and Target (Bullseye Buddies).

Knife River Material’s Cake Pavers won the People’s Choice award, raising $1,041 in audience votes for their cake. The People’s Choice contest brought in $2,184 overall.

Paul Bunyan Broadcasting’s Radio Flyers earned the highest cake bid award, giving bragging rights as the 2013 Champions. The cake package included four tickets to a Twins game, a $50 Applebee’s gift card, a hotel stay and four passes to both Nickelodeon Universe and Moose Mountain tickets. The cake brought a high bid of $270.

The Backpack Buddies program was developed to provide low-income children living in the Bemidji School District with access to nutritious, non-perishable and easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.    

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