KANEVILLE – Hill’s Country Store was proud to participate in the Anita Kaufmann Foundation’s Great Purple Cupcake Project for the sixth consecutive year to help support Epilepsy Awareness.
The store’s fundraiser, which started March 26 and ran through April 8, raised $1,073 – just over its $1,000 goal.
“Every year I try to make a little more than the previous year,” store manager Alexa Hill said. “Last year, I raised $1,060 and the year before $1,040.”
Hill made vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with purple frosting and sugar cookies shaped like cupcakes, which she sold for $1 each, for the fundraiser.
Overall she made about 300 to 400 cookies and 400 cupcakes. She received some large orders, such as one from Aurora University, which helped reach her goal; and some patrons just donated money rather than buying any product.
“Every dollar adds up and everyone has been so generous to support this worthwhile cause which means a lot to me,” Hill said.
Hill got involved with the fundraiser six years ago when she was researching how to open and run a bakery and came across a great way to also honor her cousin who died from an epileptic seizure.
Monetary donors received their name and contribution amount on a paper purple cupcake that was displayed around the store with 100 percent of the proceeds from the paper cupcakes going to the Anita Kaufmann Foundation.
Although 10 percent of the sales from the fundraiser is suggested to go back to Foundation, Hill’s Country Store gave 50 percent of their proceeds from the sale of the real cupcakes and cookies to the Foundation.
“I enjoy doing it and it makes me happy to help spread the word about epilepsy,” Hill said.
Every customer who donated money to the cause or bought a cookie or cupcake also received an educational bookmark explaining what to do if someone they know is having an epileptic seizure.