Eat Dessert First! a Sweet Success

Eat Dessert First a Sweet Success!

Eat Dessert First raised more than $800 for Helping Hands Against Violence and drew 36 bakers, nine each in the pear and apple categories and 18 in the baked fruit dessert category.

Monica Halici won the pear pie division; Leslie Sullivan won the apple; and Juliana Dolan won the baked fruit dessert. Each baker took home a $500 prize, donated by local businesses and organizations.

Kate Brownback, Hood River Soroptimist and Event Chair, was quoted by the Hood River News saying, “It was a great day; it felt like America. We so loved doing this and look forward to doing it again next year. It was a perfect day for it and alot of fun.”

Many Thanks to our Event Sponsors!

Sponsor for the pear pie division was the Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers Association; apple pie sponsors were Shortt Supply and Billy Sullivan/Simple Works; and the Hood River Heights Business Association sponsored the best baked fruit dessert division.

Other sponsors included: Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union, who contributed financially; Your Party and Rental Center donated the tables (delivering and picking them up!); Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital provided the ice cream; 10 Speed Coffee provided the coffee and Jamba Marimba played for free throughout the event. The City of Hood River and ODOT issued event and street closure permits at no charge; the Health Department charged only a nominal fee for a food event permit.

Photos by Denise Rehse Watson /

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