Having Fun While Raising Awareness!

Having Fun While Raising Awareness!


If you “bake” it—they will come


That paraphrase sums up the appeal of Cookies4Chris.


The Pittsburgh family and friends of Christine Antonelli Sapienza wanted to honor her memory with an annual event.   We all loved Chris, missed her terribly and wanted to create something unique that would have a broad appeal.  We started with the idea of a vendor show and luncheon and got together for a brainstorming session.  But, how do you entice people to support this cause when it has been so taboo?  Our ideas were going nowhere until we took a break to enjoy some snacks and desserts.   It was after this sweet treat that my sister-in-law, Eileen, literally pounded her fist on the table and said, “What are we famous for—our cookies—let’s include a cookie table”.  That’s all it took and the ideas just burst forth—“We can call it Cookies4Chris”… the next year it can be “even sweeter”.    We had a winner!   The first event drew 150 guests and we are expecting 300 for the Third Annual Cookies4Chris on April 14, 2013!



For those of you who are not familiar with this custom, Pittsburgh weddings often include special cookie tables stacked high with beautifully displayed home baked delicacies lovingly prepared by family and friends.   Ethnic goodies, gourmet treats and secret family recipes surround the more familiar chocolate chips and peanut butter blossoms.  Guests have been known to “fill their purses” but in more modern times, take-out containers allow everyone to bring home their favorites.


So if you live in the Pittsburgh area-consider joining us.   Come and join others who are determined to make a difference in the fight to find a cure for colon cancer, and support those who are undergoing treatment for this disease.   Come for the shopping, the lunch, the raffles, the entertainment, and come to enjoy the COOKIES4CHRIS!

Join us April 14, 2013 at South Hills Country Club for the 3rd Annual Cookies4Chris


Marietta Barrett

C4L Board Member

Cookies4Chris Co-chair

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