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Pastries with a Purpose

This week marks the 12th annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, with several local dining establishments participating to raise money for research

Yesterday was the kick-off for Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, an annual event that raises money for breast cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Local restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, chocolatiers and online retailers donate the proceeds from a specially selected dessert, sold over the course of the week leading up to Mothers’ Day.

Started by Carol Brownman Sneider in memory of her own mother, Eva, who passed away from breast cancer, the now-12-year-old event has raised more than $500,000 to date.  Launched with just 40 or so bakeries in and around Boston, Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer now covers communities all over Massachusetts as well as online retailers from whom you can order via the Boston Bakes website.

Each year an honoree is selected, and this year’s is the late Colleen Horan-O’Farrell. Horan-O'Farrell worked for FOX25 in Dedham until she passed away from breast cancer a little over a year ago.

At the inaugural press conference Horan-O’Farrell’s husband, Peter, spoke about her battle and her love of desserts. Other attendees included own Roche Bros. and Not Your Average Joe’s, as well as Boston celebrity chefs Joanne Chang (Flour Bakery), Todd English (Figs, Olives, Kingfish Hall, Isabelle’s CurlyCakes), and Tim Fonesca (The Four Seasons Hotel).

Listed below are some of the Newton and Chestnut Hill participants in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer. From May 2- 8 each will be offering specific desserts and treats with 100% of the proceeds going to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

– Strawberry-rhubarb tartlet with lemon meringue topping

 - Red velvet whoopie pie with cream filling

– Griddled lemon-vanilla cake with Sophia’s Greek yogurt and date/pistachio/almond compote

 - Sparkling pink sugar Snickerdoodles

For more information about Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, including other participating venues (such as and ) , visit the Boston Bakes website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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