2019 Cookie luncheon
One of the sweetest traditions of the holiday season on the Treasure Coast took place on Monday, December 9, when the bi-annual Cookie Competition & Luncheon to benefit Caring Children Clothing Children (4Cs) was held at Mariner Sands County Club in Stuart.
Some 160 colorfully attired guests, imbued with the spirit of the season, enjoyed a delicious lunch but saved plenty of room to sample the mouthwatering cookies that had been prepared by some of the area’s most skilled pastry chefs.
They represented country clubs, businesses and organizations, including Mariner Sands, Sailfish Point, Monarch, Willoughby, Miles Grant, Piper’s Landing, LAHIA (Love and Hope in Action), Jan’s Place, Importico Bakery and Panera Bread.
Five lucky judges got to sample all the offerings and pick the winner of the Judge’s Choice, which went to Importico’s Bakery, Local philanthropists Patty Stewart and Gail Pedersen Pfister, Martin County School Board Superintendent Laurie Gaylord, Luminaries Editor Katherine Bauman and Premier Realty Group Owner/Broker Jessica Bohner wore twinkling lights around their necks and enjoyed every minute of their toothsome responsibility.
All luncheon attendees were able to vote for the most attractive presentation, selected from samples on display before they sat down to lunch. Pattie Dunn and Pam Van, representing Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club, were winners of The People’s Choice Award.
Chair Cecilia Lewis was ably assisted by a committee comprised of 4Cs board members – who also made the unique and attractive wreath centerpieces that graced each table and were bid upon by luncheon guests.
Foster mom and real mom Debbie McNabb spoke of how 4Cs helped her cope in the past with the costs related to raising her kids and still does, as she shops there now with her grandchildren. Redeemer Lutheran Bell Ringers added to the spirit of the season with their beautiful music.
Proceeds benefit Caring Children Clothing Children in its mission to provide top quality, gently-used clothes and a helping hand to literacy to underprivileged children in Martin County.