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Yelp Chicago Bakes For Haiti



Cupcakes, pies and fruit tarts are more than just delectable baked goods. In Chicago, they are a means by which yelpers can lend a hand and help those in need. On Saturday, January 23, 2010, Super Elite Tina B organized an army of Yelp volunteers (including yours truly) to bake, donate and sell delicious treats to benefit Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam International. Medici on 57th graciously offered up its second floor to host the 3.5 hour long bake sale. In addition to space, Medici offered fruit tarts for the sale and soft drink refreshment to the volunteers. Other community bakeries lent a cupcake (or hundreds) as well: Luscious Layers Bakery, The Bleeding Heart Bakery, Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pies, Sugar Beez, Katherine Anne Confections, and Angel Food Bakery.

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Not content to just buy and eat the goodies, Chicago yelpers came out, en masse, to provide baked goods of their own. Yelpers baked up banana nut cakes, chocolate-chip bacon cookies, chocolate layer cake, scones, cheesecakes, brownies, rosemary shortbreads, and much much more. It was a treasure trove of riches that, at the end of the day, resulted in a collection of $1700 for the charities!!! Read all about it here and here.

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Never doubt the ability of one person to make a positive difference.
Never question the desire of local business to support a global cause. Never
underestimate the power of a Yelp community to come together to
change lives. Yelper. Local Business. Community Effort & Participation. This is the power of Yelp. Well done, Chicago. Well done.

Johnny T

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