The event took place in the gym of New Life Community Church at 4:00 p.m. A total of twelve competitors turned in entries for the cupcake wars.
Competitors decorated their cupcakes and their table according to a theme. Some entrants even dressed up to match. The entries included a Harry Potter themed table complete with Butterbeer flavored cupcakes and a 50’s diner table complete with cheeseburger themed cupcakes.
According to Mary Prows, executive director of The Training Center, this was the sixth and largest cupcake war they have had so far.
The judges chose winners based on the criteria of looks, taste, texture, smell and creativity. The top three placements received a medal.
Breanna Surber, who sells cupcakes as a side business, won the people’s choice award for raising the most money selling cupcakes. Surber raised a total of $208, all of which went toward The Training Center program.
“Our registration money goes towards the program, and anything made in the tip jars also go back to the children,” Surber said.
Surber saw the contest as a way to not only get her name out in the community, but also to help local children.
“I’m all for helping out kids, because they are our future,” Surber said.
The Training Center is an after-school program that began in 2011. The program is free to the community, and their main source of income comes from grants and fundraisers like this one.
Fifty-two kids are currently enrolled in the program. The ages range from Kindergarten to high school age.
Prows said what sets The Training Center apart is that they work with the family as well as the children.
“Every other month we do a family dinner with our families,” Prows said.
The Training Center also has a mentor program, which twenty students from Indiana Wesleyan University are involved in as a part of a work-study program.
The Training Center will be hosting a fundraiser chili dinner and silent auction in January.