Nichole Hannahs

Celebrating a Silver Anniversary

by Nichole Hannahs on April 25, 2011 at 2:41 am

The Carr Center is set to celebrate a silver anniversary as their annual cake auction reaches a milestone.

In it’s 25th year hundreds of cakes hit the auction block Thursday and Friday. While the tables at the Colony Square Mall may be empty now by Wednesday night they’ll be littered with cakes as the People’s Choice Awards take place.

"It’s a great family event," said Executive Director of the Carr Center John Hajjar. "If moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas can bring out their children. They’ll be 400 cakes exquisitely decorated. A lot of themes from the baker or the donor of the incentive. They should come out and look."

The goal is to raise between $125-130,000. The money represents about one fourth of their annual budget and is used to provide speech therapy to children, run safety town and car seat inspections among other youth programs. It also helps fund adult activities.

"People with or without disabilities can come in and get individualized care. We take care of their social, therapeutic and recreational needs," explained Hajjar. "We’re pretty much open from 7a.m.-5p.m. so their caregivers can drop them off and have a day to themselves."

Again the cakes will be on display Wednesday night for the Huntington Bank People’s Choice Awards. Chef Marco Adornetto and his culinary students at Zane State will provide cupcakes for those in attendance. The auction runs Thursday and Friday from 8:15 a.m.-6p.m. You can listen to live on WHIZ AM1240 or on our website A list a cakes and their incentives can also be found there.