by Carol Higgins Taylor
Eastern Area Agency on Aging
Colorful confections were lined up around Kindred Westgate, Union St., Bangor, last year with
their peaks of frosting standing at attention, hoping to win the Cupcake Battles, a fundraiser for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
If you missed the fun last year, now is your chance to take part. Put on your favorite apron or
get your wallet ready, because Cupcake Battles 2014 will be on Friday, April 18, at Kindred Nursing & Rehabilitation – Westgate.
The theme this year is “Spring.” Along with your apron, grab your thinking cap and lucky spoon
(doesn’t everyone have one) and start planning your award worthy cupcakes.
“This event was very well received last year and everyone, especially our residents, was excited
to see the unique and very decorative cupcakes that were on display and to watch the judging,” said Kristie Miner, admissions coordinator at Westgate. “It’s really fun to see the line form in the lobby of everyone shopping for cupcakes.”
This delicious fundraiser is a culinary way for the Westgate’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team,
who is hosting its second annual Cupcake Battles to raise much needed funds. There will be trophies presented to the cupcake receiving recognition for “Best Overall” and “Most Creative Design.”
“We’d love to have bakers join us with their creations because it is really a great way for people
to showcase cooking skills plus it is for a really great cause,” said Miner. “We also invite the public to come in and view the cupcakes and purchase their favorites. Sometimes it really is a battle of buyers because all the entries are popular.”
The cupcakes are all as different as the bakers who made them. Some bakers focus on the
decorations and use a standard flavored cupcake while others are focused on developing unique and pleasing flavors, added Miner, remembering the baker who used Bailey’s Irish Cream in her cupcake.
Entries may be submitted up until 1 p.m. and judging begins at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., the cupcakes will go up for sale.
The Cupcake Battles are just one more way to raise awareness and money for the 2014 Maine
Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will take place at eight locations from York Beach to Fort Kent over the four weekends in September.
“Our goal is to raise a record $630,000, while bringing together 4,275 participants of all ages and
abilities in the fight against Alzheimer’s,” said Miner.
So just where will this money go?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the money this year will allow the Maine Chapter to
provide services such as a 24/7 helpline, care consultation, support groups, information and education, advocacy, safety services and more, to all Mainers affected by memory disorders.
“The funds raised not only support people in Maine but also go to support research funded
through the National Alzheimer’s Association,” said Miner.
Having just celebrated its 26th year in operation, the Maine Chapter is the only statewide non-
profit agency dedicated solely to individuals living with dementia and their caregivers. More than 86 percent of the chapter’s revenue comes directly from individual contributions. Its services would not be possible without the generosity of dedicated community partners who are willing to work hard and even labor over a hot oven.
For contest rules, or more information, call Miner at Kindred Nursing & Rehabilitation –
Westgate, at 942-7336. Then, dust off your cupcake tins and have at it.
Carol Higgins Taylor is director of community educations at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. For
information on EAAA, call 941-2865, toll-free 800-432-7812, or log on EAAA.org.