Rich brownies topped with pink and white sprinkles, sugar cookies with pink icing, ribbon-shaped treats, soft Oreo balls — not what you'd expect in a real estate office, is it?
Rich brownies topped with pink and white sprinkles, sugar cookies with pink icing, ribbon-shaped treats, soft Oreo balls — not what you’d expect in a real estate office, is it?
But the Prestige Realty office at 8 Diamond Blvd. turns into the sweetest place in Hannibal each Wednesday throughout October as the agents join together for a good cause.
“Cookies for a Cure” began eight years ago when agent Linda Daniels was diagnosed with breast cancer. Seeking a way to support both their friend and breast cancer research, agents began baking cookies, capitalizing on the sweet tooth of many in exchange for a donation.
That effort has transformed into a veritable cookie extravaganza at Prestige, but has also netted more than $20,000 in donations for various organizations that support patients and provide research according to broker Lisa Ball.
Each Wednesday, the agents circle tables covered in homemade goodies, mixing and matching sweets to make a tasty box. They then deliver them to more than 100 area businesses, office manager Sarah Hathaway explained. The cookies are free, but donations are accepted in lieu of payment.
“We’re hoping to raise $5,000 this year,” Ball said, which is a little more than last year.
The scope of the fundraiser has increased over the years, with individuals like Loretta Redman contributing baked goods along with Girl Scout Troops 9011 and 9001 from Mark Twain Elementary School.
Even the agents’ families get involved in the process.
“They love it,” agent Sheri Neisen said about her sons helping bake the treats. “Their grandma was affected by breast cancer when they were young. Breast cancer affects so many lives.”
Prestige’s effort to support breast cancer awareness goes beyond Cookies for a cure. The office sells bracelets and miniature standards for $1 to memorialize a loved one. The standards stand tall in the front lawn of the office.
The box-making Wednesday took just a few minutes, as agents clad in pink busily placed brownies next to chocolate chip cookies and pink-decorated treats in each box, box the impact may be felt for years to come.
To be added to Prestige’s list of businesses receiving cookies, contact (573)221-8171.
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