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Sweet success at gingerbread competition

Cassie Pence
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BEAVER CREEK – CASA’s Fantasty Gingerbread House Competition raised $19,000 for Court Appointed Special Advocates.”It’s excellent,” said CASA’s Executive Director Tiffany Grosjean. “It over the amount we raised last year.”

Professional and amateur bakers donate their time, money and baking skills for the event. The finished gingerbread houses are auctioned off to raise money. Bidders in the past said the houses make excellent holiday decor for the holidays.Bernie Oswald and Brian Williams of Confection Creations won first place with their version of Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ home. Britten Roetzel and Steve Baird of Britten’s Overalls catering won second place. Baird won the amateur division last year with a sweet castle, and this year they teamed up to build a three story “Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” gingerbread house. The team donated its $500 prize money back to CASA. Stephen Fuller and Peter Brenner of Kaleidoscope Katering in Frisco took third place.

“It was a terrific Victorian Mansion,” said Debby Webster, CASA’s founder. “This was the first time that they had entered, but I’m sure they’ll be back next year.”The amateur division is just as impressive. Susan Moran and Jenny Hejtmanek won first place with their Munchkinland gingerbread house. The Wiklund family created the Chapel at Beaver Creek from tasty confections to win second place. The family has donated its $2550 prize money back to CASA. A classic “Winter Home” baked by the Hefferan family won third place.

Court Appointed Special Advocates is a program of volunteers who work with local abused and neglected children. They are appointed by judges to represent the best interests of these children and act as the eyes and ears of the court. For more information log on to casa.colorado.net.Vail, Colorado

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