Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Cupcakes for a cause
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If you ever need anything, you want Robyn Specthrie in your corner.
Specthrie is someone who can rally people and raise money like nobody else. She was the top individual fundraiser for Pink Vail and her team, Team Double Stuffed, was the top fundraising team. But she’s not only a fundraiser, she’s a fighter — she’s fought cancer a couple of times and is currently battling with the disease, but you would never know it. Her exuberance, energy and zest for life is contagious. It comes as no surprise that Team Double Stuffed won Pink Vail’s Team Spirit award with Specthrie as their leader.
Specthrie has done a lot for Pink Vail and says the reason she gives locally and to a smaller organization like the Shaw Regional Cancer Center is because she can see the results.
“When you give to bigger, national organizations, you often times don’t know how it actually helps people. It sort of gets lost, but here, I know it’s helping patients through the many programs they have at Shaw,” she said.
Pink Vail is held on Vail Mountain each spring, but Specthrie decided to do a little gathering this summer at the Four Seasons featuring Champagne and Cupcakes. Bubbles and crisp white wines were offered by the friendly staff at the Remedy Bar on a beautiful summer afternoon while guests marveled at the decadent desserts, everything from chocolate-wrapped bacon that topped a cupcake peppered with bacon flavoring and a big mound of frosting to a jelly-filled cupcake with a jelly-filled donut on top. Who’s counting calories when it’s for a good cause, right?
This summer event was just the tip of the iceberg for what Specthrie is thinking to do. Her next endeavor is to raise money for a documentary by Blake Babbit about her dear friend Jenny, who lost her battle against cancer. She is thinking about doing it through something she and Jenny loved — music. Specthrie will be involved in next summer’s Cover Rock event featuring the sounds of the British Invasion.
Those units are all deed-restricted, meaning that only people who work an annual average of 30 hours per week can live there. That keeps the apartments out of the short-term rental pool and available to local residents.