Post from December, 2011

Holiday Party Thrown for Walter Reed Soldiers and Families

Thursday, 22. December 2011 17:27

This past Sunday was a joyful day for the wounded soldiers and their families at the Walter Reed Medical Center. Connie’s Bakery and General Store, a bakery founded by local philanthropist Connie Milstein that donates 100 percent of its profits to charity, partnered with Blue Star Families for the holiday event. Wounded warriors, their families and volunteers from the Washington, D.C. area joined Blue Star Families in the Tranquility Hall at Walter Reed for an afternoon of crafts, games, raffles, presents and a special visit from Santa. The event allowed soldiers to take a break from the stress of healing to focus on family and the holiday spirit.

“For the wounded warriors and their families at Walter Reed, Connie’s Bakery made the holidays a reality,” said Mark Smith, Executive Director of Blue Star Families. “Connie’s sets the bar for businesses who deliver on the promise to support both our military community and the community at large.”

Connie’s Bakery, which was started in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., is dedicated to using the finest, most wholesome ingredients to create delicious cookies, cakes, pies and tarts. Not only does the bakery support small farmers and craftsmen, but it pays employees a living wage and provides help to neighbors in need. The bakery also runs an apprenticeship program to train participants in the art of pastry cooking, entrepreneurship and business management. All of the bakery’s net profits are donated to charities selected by the bakery.

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