Cookies for a Cause raised $25,000
By Laura Mueller | Photography by St. John Photography
Posted: Thursday, Feb. 02, 2012
Lake Norman resident Laura Mueller has been a photojournalist for more than 25 years, doing work for The Charlotte Observer, The Duke Endowment, Lake Norman Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Post and many other publications. Her many awards have included being named NC Press Photographer of the Year. Find her at www.lauramuellerphotography.com.
Decembers Cookies for a Cause Divas Only Cookie Bash and the Inaugural Chips for a Cause Gentlemens Poker Night held at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius collectively raised $25,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.Cookies for a Cause has transformed the southern tradition of the holiday cookie exchange into an unabashed diva-style cookie bash. More than 160 ladies stepped out in designer attire, danced, dined, and swapped a few (thousand) cookies. The first ever Chips for a Cause attracted over 160 cigar-smoking, poker-playing gentlemen, who later joined the ladies to dance the night away. The charity event founded by husband-and-wife team Elise A. Redmond and Doug Redmond, included the Redmonds 5-year-old daughter, Gracie, who collected 130 coats that evening for Channel 9s Steves Coats for Kids Program.Celebrity appearances included Ray Evernham, former pit crew chief to Jeff Gordon; Steve LeTarte, pit crew chief to Dale Earnhardt Jr.; Natalie Pasquarella and Steve Udelson of Channel 9; and Adrian Murrell, a former NFL great. Cookies for a Cause is done in the honor and memory of Kristi P. Crates who passed away in 2007 at 35 due to Hodgkins lymphoma. For more information, visit www.cookiesforacause.org.
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