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Smithtown woman wins year of cupcakes

A selection of cupcakes at Get Baked, a

A selection of cupcakes at Get Baked, a new cupcake bar in Port Washington. (March 31, 2011) Photo Credit: Erica Marcus

Heather VanGostein got a phone call Sunday morning that will stay with her for a long time.

The Smithtown resident received the sweet news that she had won a year’s supply of cupcakes via speakerphone by Aly Elish-Swartz and Ann Marie Nedell, the co-chairs of the Kings Park Civic Association.

“My husband is going to be ecstatic,” she exclaimed.

The civic association, along with Friends and Farmers Inc., partnered to hold a raffle that benefited a local food pantry. The Kings Park Farmers Market was filled with dozens who ventured out in the rain to purchase local goods and see if they had won.

Although there were no cupcakes to be found among the baskets of local produce, wine and bright yellow sunflowers, the savory sweets will be given in the form of a gift card that the winner can use as she likes, explained Elish-Swartz.

One local, Cindy Wiencek of San Remo, speculated on what she would do with her winnings if she had won. “I’d probably take them to work, because nurses love sweets,” she said with a laugh.

VanGostein, 39, said many cupcakes would be going toward her son’s christening, and that her family was already hard at work picking out tasty flavors on the Georgetown Cupcake website.

The year’s supply of butter cream, red velvet and ganache was donated by Georgetown Cupcake, based in Washington, D.C.

Terence Noonan, the creator and founder of the TLC show “DC Cupcakes” that features the company, is a former Kings Park resident.

“We probably sold hundreds of tickets,” said Elish-Swartz, co-chair of the Kings Park Civic Association. The raffle raised $1,100 for the St. Joseph’s food pantry in Kings Park and a scholarship for an eligible Kings Park High School senior. Representatives for the St. Joseph’s food pantry were presented with the check for $604.

“Small towns can do big things,” said the Kings Park Civic Association secretary Matthew Nedell, to applause.

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