The University of La Verne Classified Committee held its first Christmas Bake Sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in Sneaky Park.
Committee members, as well as other ULV employees, donated treats for passersby to buy and enjoy.
Trays of donuts, pies, cookies, cakes, biscotti and fudge covered tables underneath two white tents.
Separate tables were also set up for patrons to enjoy their purchased items, along with a cup of coffee, and holiday music echoing in the park.
Most of the baked items sold for $1, while a cup of coffee or milk sold for 50 cents.
“We have healthy stuff like our heart loaf, and then we have things that will put 20 pounds on you just by looking at it,” said Classified Committee Web Site Coordinator Maggie Mantecon.
Legal Studies Administrative Assistant Laura Cantrell contributed eggnog cheesecake and pecan pies, and also helped sell items for the Classified Committee.
“I’m a pie baker, so I provided the pies to help out,” Cantrell said.
Mantecon said the committee publicized the event by sending inner-office e-mails to University employees.
“We tried to get the word out to the students as well as we could,” Mantecon said. “People have been coming by in waves.”
“I heard about this from e-mail,” Human Resources Assistant Lisa Grater said. “I think it is great.
“Everything looks so good that it was so hard to decide,” she added. “I ended up choosing the pumpkin swirls and fudge.”
Flyers promoting a holiday donation drive were also provided at the Bake Sale.
Classified Committee Chairwoman and Organizational Leadership Department Administrative Assistant Inous Pollard is currently coordinating the drive until Dec. 19 in the Organizational Leadership building on the corner of Arrow Highway and D Street.
Items, such as toiletries, baby bottles and handbags, will be donated to YWCA Women In Need Growing Strong, a multi-purpose domestic violence program that offers service to victims.
“WINGS asks for things like toothpaste and purses because so many women flee during the middle of the night, just taking their children with them,” Pollard said.
“They leave with nothing,” she added.
Classified Committee members began planning the bake sale three months ago in order to raise money for various Classified Committee events throughout the year.
The committee sponsors events for University employees, such as an annual holiday lunch, a spring picnic and bowling nights.
The committee also honors ULV employees with Employee of the Month awards.
“The Classified Committee set a (fundraising) goal for our Holiday Luncheon, which is scheduled for Dec. 19, and we are pleased to announce that we reached it,” Classified Committee Co-Activities Director Debra Martin said.
“We do hope to do this type of event again in the future as it has been a complete success,” she added.
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