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$100,000 Goal Achieved!

Caketastic Fundraising Event!

December 8, 2007

Sarah Dench Displays a Cake Up for Auction
Sarah Dench Displays a Cake Up for Auction
with Emcee Rob Clift in the Background

On December 8th, Laurine's friends and family gathered to raise funds for the Endowment Fund by participating in an auction of 51 cakes baked by her partner Sue Cox — otherwise known as "The Cake Lady". The event was a resounding success, raising almost $6,000 in cake sales and donations and surpassing the most optimistic estimates.

Sue Puts the Finishing Touches on a Cake
Sue Puts the Finishing Touches on a Cake

Why 51 cakes? Because Laurine turned 51 in 2007 and Sue loves to bake. The cakes were based on various Italian recipes, but each given its own unique flavour and personality by Sue. Top bid of the night was the $225 paid for "The Lady Godiva Bombe", a luxurious chocolate and raspberry creation.

Thea Hinds Announces Matching Funds from SFU
Thea Hinds Announces Matching Funds from SFU

The evening was financially successful in another way. Thea Hinds from the SFU Dean of Graduate Studies office announced that the University will match the first $50,000 raised for the fund, bringing the total value of the endowment to $100,000 when it's fully funded! This will ensure a substantial, permanent legacy to memorialize Laurine and her contributions to the SFU community.

Jodi Proznick Quartet
Jodi Proznick Quartet

The entertainment for the evening was provided by the Jodi Proznick Quartet. An accomplished and popular jazz musician, Jodi has known Laurine and Sue for several years and wowed the crowd with reworkings of old tunes and her own compositions. One of those compositions was a new song written to memorialize Laurine entitled "Espace", which brought the guests to their feet at the conclusion of its first public performance. Jodi plans on recording the song and including it on a future CD.

Sue Prepares the Cake Samples for Serving
Sue Prepares Cake Samples for Serving

Photos of the evening were taken by Sue and Laurine's friend, professional photographer Toby Snelgrove, and can be viewed in the Gallery section of his website.

Sue with the Food Prep Team - Jessica Easton (left) and Angela Hold (right)
Sue with the Food Prep Team
Jessica Easton (left) and Angela Hold (right)
Photos by Toby Snelgrove © 2007