A sweet benefit for MDA (Jan. 6)

January 4, 2008

It’s rare that a charity benefit event promises to be fun for the whole family, but there’s one coming up on Sunday, Jan. 6, that does just that.  The cause is ALS, a motor neuron disease (it attacks nerves in the brain and spinal cord and causes muscles to lose strength and eventually become unusable).  The reason is a well-known local pastry chef, Marla Scissors (you may have taken one of her classes at Kitchen Conservatory, and you’ve definitely eaten one of her Companion pastries or desserts).  Her recent diagnosis prompted the “You Take The Cake” event from 3 to 5 p.m. at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road.  Admission ranges from $10 per adult (flour) to $500 per family (icing).  Children can enter free with adults.  The money goes to the local Muscular Distrophy Association, which contributes to ALS patients and their families as well as  research into the disease (for which there is no cure and only a few recently developed therapies) at Wash. U. and Saint Louis University.

The usual fund-raising silent auction features desserts from St. Louis bakers and pastry chefs, but there’s also entertainment by Ha-Shemesh, a contemporary music group, and Shir Ami, a female quartet (both of them might be familiar from family-friendly Chanukah events around St. Louis).  And, best of all from the kids’ perspective, there will be plenty of cookies to decorate and eat.  Information about ALS will be a big part of the afternoon too, and I’ll admit I had to google it to refresh my memory of its alias as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the toll it has taken on local luminaries like Hans Vonk, formerly the Saint Louis Symphony’s music director.

I have info about registration by mail — too late for that, whoops! — and also a couple of phone numbers to call for more information:  organizers Karen Becker Sher at 314.726.5077 and Cathy Sulivan at 314.503.8140.

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One Response to “A sweet benefit for MDA (Jan. 6)”

  1. marla s. Says:

    i don’t know who you are but thanks for spreading the word. fondly, mjs

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