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FROM READERS: Battle of the Bakers event raises money for Ronald McDonald House Charities

By Kristen Smarr/Missourian Reader
May 31, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
On Saturday, May 19, six bakers competed in the 2012 Battle of the Bakers to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri.


Kristen Smarr's husband, Rusty, owns Smarr Custom Homes, and their model home, Home of Possibilities, serves as a venue for fundraisers like this one.

On Saturday, May 19, six bakers competed in the 2012 Battle of the Bakers. The event, held at Smarr Custom Homes Home of Possibilities, was a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri.

Bakers displayed their best baked treats while ticket holders sampled and voted with dollars for their favorite. A panel of celebrity judges judged the bakers' submissions as well. Ultimately, both a People's Choice and Champion award were presented.

Bakers included:

Kathleen Gardner of Tartelette Bakery won the People's Choice Award, and Julie Sexten of Flour Girls Bake Shop was presented the prized rolling pin and proclaimed "Champion."

Judges included: Junior Judge Trina Blumberg, RMHC Volunteer Carissa Havens, Culinary Arts Instructor Carri Risner and KOMU's Emily Spain.

The event raised funds for the new Ronald McDonald House located by MU Women's and Children's Hospital. The participants are all home-based businesses, and they gave their time and product to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.