Confections for a Cause Fifth Annual Fund Raising Event for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Posted on 9/15/2015 2:02:24 PM

Vicki Johnson, Celia Barber, and Shari Robertson at the Confections for a Cause Fund Raising Event

Tables full of sweets have raised a lot of dough over the past four years. Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Clinical Services Department will offer its fifth annual “Confections for a Cause” on September 21, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of IUP’s Davis Hall. The event raises funds for ovarian cancer education and research.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

“Confections for a Cause” features hundreds of baked goods and sweets of all types, from pies to chocolates, all made by members of the university community. Persons may fill a small container for a $5 suggested donation or a large container for an $8 suggested donation. All funds raised go to the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Inc. based in Havertown.

More than $4,500 has been raised during the last four years of the event, with a goal of raising more than $1,300 in 2015 to surpass the amount raised in 2014.

The event got its start because members of the department, including Shari Robertson and Celia Barber, wanted to honor Vickie Johnson, administrative assistant in the department, who had lost family members to ovarian cancer.

“This is not just a bake sale,” Robertson said. “This is about community, a community that comes out each year not only to support Vickie, but to support this cause. It continues to be successful because people not only care about Vickie and her loss, but about others who will also lose loved ones to this terrible disease.

“Ovarian cancer is under-studied and there are very few events such as this to raise funds,” Robertson said. “We continue to be so grateful that the IUP community cares enough to come together to help support this cause.”

In addition to individual students and faculty, student groups including the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Audiology Student Association, the Sign Language Club and Best Buddies are helping with the project.

Photo Information: From left, Vicki Johnson, Celia Barber, Shari Robertson