LA PLUME — Those who believe in the importance of supporting both military veterans and local businesses have at least two reasons to attend the upcoming Cupcakes and Cocktails event sponsored by the Keystone College Dining Services.
The fundraiser will benefit Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc., a nonprofit which offers financial assistance to local veterans, and provide a venue for more than 20 area businesses to offer a vast selection of wares under one roof. With a variety of cocktails and three different flavors of cupcakes to taste, along with light hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting, the event offers “something for everyone,” including college students, men and women, according to organizer Lauren Deily, Keystone College Dining Services pastry chef.
“You can shop local and support local heroes at the same time,” she said.
The event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 in Evans Hall in the Hibbard Campus Center, and tickets are available at the door for $20 for the general public and $15 for the Keystone College community. Guests must be 18 or older and present valid identification.
This is Deily’s second year organizing the event and it is bigger and better than the first. At least 22 vendors are set to participate, with everything from cigars, to handmade soaps, to arts and crafts items. It will also feature basket raffle.
Deily described the event atmosphere as “relaxed.”
“It’s not a super fancy cocktail event — the dress is business casual,” she said. “It’s just a nice place to come together, get some holiday shopping done, hang out with your friends.”
She said she chose Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors as the beneficiary because of its dedication to the cause of local veterans. It is a completely volunteer-run nonprofit organization, and 96 cents out of every dollar donated goes directly to cause, with the other four cents paying for postage.
“It (the money) goes toward medical bills, it goes toward their rent, it goes toward things that they really need in their everyday life,” she said.
“They are our local heroes, so we want to thank them for their service. Unfortunately, they were hurt during service, so we want to be able to make it a little easier for them to get through their daily life and help them get back on their feet.”