Our family is incredibly fortunate to have found several communities in which our 2 youngest daughters thrive. Two of those organization are managed under a charter organization called Cascade Leadership Challenge. The Charter organization sponsors the all girl Scout Troop that our younger daughter participates in and the Boy Scout Venturing Crew our older daughter is in. Both have been a remarkable growth opportunity for our daughters. They have found their passion for the outdoors. The programs have built and continue to build their sense of self, their voice, and their confidence. So, when it comes time for their annual fundraising auction, our family is eager to help.
The Venturing Crew, also known as CLC, is responsible for planning and executing the auction each year. While we, the adults, are responsible for ensuring that the youth are on target, as well as, adding support where ever the youth require support. These coordinated efforts culminate in a remarkable fundraising auction event. While the youth are responsible for procuring much of the donations, we the adults also contribute what we can. The Dessert Dash is my favorite area to lend support.
While many of the desserts are contributed through local business, many come from families and even the youth themselves. I enjoy contributing several. As you can imagine, many of our desserts tend to focus on chocolate. So, my goal for this year was to create desserts that are light and refreshing. The first was an Almond and French Vanilla Ice Cream Parfait with Wild Blueberries, Lemon Curd, and an Almond Graham Cracker Crumble. Since that is such a long name, I’ve shortened it to an Almond and French Vanilla Ice Cream Parfait.
Another dessert I made was inspired by my dearest friend and food blogger Aberdeen, of Aberdeen’s Kitchen. It was a Berry and Mascarpone Tart with Lemon Curd and Mint. This one is easy to change up depending on your seasonal berries. I also like to change out the vanilla extract for almond extract, to create a richer flavor.
My third dessert had to something chocolate. So, how do I make a chocolate cake that is flavorful but something on the lighter side? Here is my Chocolate Pumpkin Spice with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. As you can see, I have not yet mastered cake decorating, but the flavor is outstanding!
The dessert dash is a very small portion of the event. The youth and their advisors put together trips that highlight their mad skills. These trips give donors an insiders perspective on how competent these youth are as outdoors enthusiasts and leaders. In addition to their trips, families offer up their vacation homes, time and skills. The youth even offer what they refer to as a 4 x 4 work party. I’ve purchased this the past 2 years! No spring time yard clean up for me. Instead, I have a team of highly efficient teenagers come by for 4 hours and clean up the yard. It’s well worth the money.
Over the past couple of months, approximately 20 teenagers volunteered their time and talents to make this event a success. Once again, it was remarkable. The youth from CLC, the Scout Troop, and their families pull together to create an event that supports this incredible community. By the end of the night, the auction raised $75,000.00! Well done. This community has once again ensured that no youth gets left behind and that everyone ‘gets in the van’. The charter organization can support the programs and provide safe and updated gear. Thanks to this event, our community will be able to continue supporting youth for another year, as the learn, grow, and become the leaders they are meant to be.
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