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    Posted July 22, 2010

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South Florida Hosts a Great American Bake Sale

by Irene Adjan, South Florida Equity Liaison


John Lariviere, Irene Adjan, Elizabeth Dimon

On Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th, Equity members in South Florida participated in Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale. Share Our Strength is an organization that is dedicated to fighting childhood hunger in America. They raise money so that they can offer grants to communities to help provide meals for children in low income families. These grants help children get free or reduced-price school lunches, as well as provide communities the means to fund summer meal sites at schools, apartment complexes and high school sports camps, as well as funding many other programs that help to feed children in families that are struggling.

On Saturday, Elizabeth Dimon, John Lariviere, and I worked the bake sale at Florida Stage in Manalapan. Along with what we had brought, we had baked goods from Laura Turnbull, Margery Lowe, Suzanne Clement Jones, Heidi Harris, and Florida Stage Sound Designer, Matt Kelly. We had a great display of things to sell, along with signs for Actors' Equity and information about Share Our Strength. We didn't set prices for each item; instead telling our customers that it was a fund-raising event and to give what they were comfortable giving. This turned out to be a good plan, as most people gave more than they would have if we had set prices. We sold cookies, cupcakes, brownies, cakes, pies, fudge, gingerbread, small loaf breads, and Rice Krispie treats before and after the matinee and evening performances of When The Sun Shone Brighter. Thanks to wonderful curtain speeches by both Stage Managers, Suzanne Jones and Jimmy Danford, people were very generous. At the end of the day, we had $488 to show for our efforts.


Patti Gardner, Amy London

The next day, I went down to GableStage in Coral Gables with what we had left over, along with contributions from Amy London, Patti Gardner, and Musical Director Caryl Fantel. Amy and I set up and followed the same procedure from the day before. We sold items before and after the matinee of Speech and Debate, and managed to add $140 to our total. When we told Artistic Director Joe Adler that, combined with our online donations, we were $124 short of $1,000, he immediately pledged a donation from GableStage for $150.

A very big thank you to all who baked, as well as those of you who made on-line donations. I'd also like to thank everyone at Florida Stage for their cooperation. All the ladies in the box office, and Anita, the house manager, were greatly supportive of our efforts and did all they could to get customers to our booth! Also, my deepest appreciation to Joe Adler for letting us set up at GableStage, for mentioning our efforts in his curtain speech, and for making the donation that put us over the top.

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