ITHACA, NY – Saturday marked the first annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest on the Commons, which was to benefit The Sophie Fund. Dozens of entrants submitted their delectable and often aesthetically delightful cupcakes to be evaluated by a panel of judges.

The Sophie Fund was established in 2016 in memory o Sophie Hack McLeod, a Cornell fine arts student and employee of Argos Inn in Ithaca, where she had earned the nickname, “the chemist” for her unique craft cocktails.

Sophie succumbed to a battle with depression in 2016, at age 23. Sophie was described as someone who was community oriented, a talented creative, an athlete and a world-traveler. Before her death, she had planned to open a bakery after finishing her degree at Cornell.

The fund’s goal is to support enhanced mental health initiatives for young people in Ithaca. In addition to working with local mental civic and health leaders, the fund may provide grants to organizations such as Family & Childrens’ Serices, the Ithaca Health Alliance, the Ithaca Youth Bureau and the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service.

You can learn more about Sophie and The Sophie Fund here.

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(All photos: Michael Smith / The Ithaca Voice)

Michael Smith

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