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Kings Park 'DC Cupcakes' winner donates desserts
A year’s supply of cupcakes is a lot to eat for just one person. That’s what Marcela Falcone, 34, of Kings Park thought when she found out she won the Kings Park Civic Association’s Annual Cupcake Raffle, held on Sunday.
“I was surprised and excited when I found out I won, but I didn’t really have a use for all the cupcakes,” Falcone said. “I thought it would be nice to give it back to them [the Kings Park Civic Association].”
Although giving up these particular winnings may seem like blasphemy to a dessert-lover, Falcone’s decision to donate her prize is appreciated by the members of the civic association.
“She very generously donated the cupcakes, and we will certainly use them at a future event,” said Kings Park Civic Association co-chair Aly Elish-Swartz.
The tasty prize was donated by Georgetown Cupcakes, a Washington D.C.-based bakery that is featured on the TLC show “DC Cupcakes.” The show’s creator and producer, Terence Noonan, is originally from Kings Park. This is the second year he has supported the raffle.
Co-sponsored by Friends and Farmers Inc., which organizes the weekly Kings Park Farmers Market, this is the second year the cupcake raffle was held. The event raised more than $1,500, surpassing the 2011 inaugural total by more than $300.
The money will go toward a scholarship for a graduating Kings Park High School senior and a donation to the St. Joseph’s Parish food pantry.
“I hope they can use the cupcakes for fundraising,” Falcone said.
Last year’s winner, Heather VanGostein, 40, of Smithtown shared her collection of cupcakes with friends and family.
“She told me that she brought cupcakes to every holiday and party,” said Ann Marie Nedell, co-chair of the Kings Park Civic Association and raffle organizer. “She didn’t have to bake all year.”
Dozens of local residents attended the farmers market on Sunday to witness the drawing, which was done by Town of Smithtown Councilman Robert Creighton, and browse the assortment of fresh vegetables, fruits, wine and flowers – all locally grown. A collection for non-perishable food was also taken, and most vendors donated their unsold produce to the St. Joseph’s Parish food pantry.
“It [the cupcake raffle] is a good catch,” Elish-Swartz said of its ability to bring people to the market. “But it’s also going to a great cause. People want to support their town, but they just need an outlet.”