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ITHACA, NY — The 1st Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest will be held in the Ithaca Commons on Saturday October 15, The Sophie Fund announced today.

Contestants of all ages will seek to impress a panel of VIP judges with their tastiest creations, which will be eligible for numerous awards including a Grand Prize with a $250 value. The contest is open to amateur bakers only.

The contest is organized by The Sophie Fund, which was established earlier this year in memory of Cornell University art student Sophie Hack MacLeod. The Sophie Fund works under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County to support suicide prevention and other mental health initiatives aiding young people in the Ithaca community.

The 1st Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest is sponsored by the GreenStar Cooperative Market and supported by Cornell Minds Matter and Active Minds of Ithaca College.

At the time of her death last March, Sophie was on medical leave from Cornell University, and was an employee of Argos Inn in Ithaca. Sophie was born in Johannesburg and spent her childhood living in South Africa, then France, and eventually Egypt. She spent her summers from 2003 to 2007 in the violin program of the Suzuki Institutes at Ithaca College, and enrolled at Cornell in 2010.

Sophie’s passion for baking and her distinctive creative talent merged into a professional pursuit in the local culinary arts. According to her family, she hoped to open her own bakery after completing her Cornell degree.

To enter the cupcake contest, entrants are invited to bring their submissions to the Bernie Milton Pavilion in the Ithaca Commons from 10–11:30 a.m. on Saturday October 15. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a ceremony in the Pavilion later the same day at 3 p.m.

For more information on how to enter the 1st Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest, go to www.thesophiefund.org

(Featured photo by Shazron on Flickr)

Michael Smith

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