I have a feeling that every one of us either knows someone personally that has had cancer or that we at least know somebody through someone else that has come in contact with it. Breast cancer, especially, is one of the most common and possibly invasive cancers that affect women today. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, but I know all women aren’t lucky enough to say that.
If you know anything about breast cancer and breast cancer research, then I’m sure you’ve heard of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They are the global leader when it comes to the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since it’s inception in 1982. One thing you might not know is that KitchenAid has raised nearly $8 million during the past ten years through it’s Cook for the Cure program for the cause. And right now, KitchenAid has a neat fundraiser going on that I’m happy to spread the word about, called 1000 Cooks for the Cure.
The idea is simple: Invite your family, friends or colleagues for a dinner party, barbecue, office party, dessert sampling or any kind of get-together from July 15-24, 2011. Instead of wine, flowers or any other gift or contribution, ask guests to bring a donation in any amount for Komen for the Cure. The funds can be designated for either the organization’s national efforts or local breast cancer initiatives.
While Cook for the Cure offers ways to support the cause year-round, the goal of this initiative is to enlist 1,000 cooks to host gatherings during these specific dates in July.
As for the host or hostess gift, KitchenAid has it covered! The host of any party registered at CookfortheCure.com that raises more than $50 will receive a special Villeroy & Boch “Pass the Plate” serving platter (valued at $24.95) as a thank you by mail upon receipt of your contributions.
Designed with charming artwork by PBS cooking show host Jacques Pépin, you’ll probably want to keep the platter for yourself. But the idea of these platters is a bit different: to be "re-gifted" again and again, along with a homemade culinary creation from the giver.
Each time the individually numbered plates are registered online at CookfortheCure.com and passed along to others, KitchenAid will make a $5 donation to Komen, ensuring that parties keep on giving long after grateful guests have gone home.
“Cook for the Cure was created to give those who love to cook and entertain a number of ways to support the cause by doing what they do best,” said Debbie O’Connor, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “It adds another layer of purpose to one of life’s great pleasures, cooking and enjoying food with family and friends.”
For the 10th anniversary year, KitchenAid has committed to a minimum of $450,000 in donations to Komen for the Cure in 2011, supported through the sale and registration of pink KitchenAid products together with celebrity chef auctions and grass roots efforts that encourage cooks to get friends and family involved.
To help one of your throw your own 1000 Cook for the Cure get together, KitchenAid is giving away this prize package. Each item is part of the Cook for the Cure line of pink items that benefit breast cancer research:
- 7″ knife
- Cook for the Cure aprons
- mixing bowl set
- measuring cup set
- spatula set
- can opener
- ice cream scoop
To Enter to Win this Package:
Leave a comment on this post about what type of 1000 Cooks for the Cure party you would like to throw – and remember, they don’t have to be a fancy 4 course meal! Dessert parties, cookie swaps, a cookout the by pool – all would be great ideas. (1 entry)
For additional entries:
- “Like” KitchenAid on Facebook saying BranAppetit sent you. (1 entry)
- Follow http://twitter.com/#!/KitchenAidUSA on Twitter (1 entry)
- Tweet about the giveaway
I can’t wait to hear about your ideas for the parties!
I’ll pick the winner this Friday, July 8th – good luck!