Cupcake Wars raises $800 for after-prom party

  • Jade Bailey made caramel apple Halloween cupcakes for the Cupcake Wars fundraiser to support this year’s Mahar After Prom Party. FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/29/2018 4:46:28 PM

ORANGE – The third annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser for the Mahar after prom party raised about $800 this year. 

The fundraiser, held at the American Legion this year, displayed a variety of holiday-themed cupcakes — from Thanksgiving to Halloween to Christmas.

Organizer Helene Holmes said attending a similar event in Keene, N.H. a few years ago sparked her interest, and she decided to bring the idea back to Orange and and fine tune it. Holmes started the event three years ago with her daughter to raise funds for the drug- and alcohol-free party held after the annual prom.

Holmes said it costs around $12,000 to put together the event for the high school students each year, including funds for everything from a magician to plenty of food.

Bakers paid an entry free in order for their cupcakes to be ranked by various judges during the cupcake wars. Holmes said she aims to have well-known members in the community sit on the panel of judges, from selectmen to other town officials. 

“The judges vote on best overall cupcake for each division and there were three judges per division. They rank them on texture, taste, the amount of frosting, all that stuff,” said Holmes.  

The public also paid an admission fee and received voting tickets based on the amount of money they paid. Each member of the public then sampled whatever cupcake caught their eye and handed their voting ticket to their favorite in exchange for one cupcake.

“The more tickets you put in, the more cupcakes you end up with,” said Holmes.

Each year she said she enjoys hosting the Cupcake Wars and hopes to partner with other local businesses next year to grow the fundraiser.

“People like the event because it is unusual — you walk away with something,” she said.


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