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When the cold winds blow this holiday season, summon up summer sand and fun by enjoying this gingerbread house with a twist.
The beach scene comes from the creative talents of Vanessa Ronspiesis, Little America’s Pastry Chef. Vanessa says she was inspired by a “summer Santa” shopping bag that pictured Old Saint Nick enjoying the off-season. Here he stands on the shore in front of his beach home, watching the candy sea creatures play in the surf.
Santa’s beach house is 100% edible and took more than 52 cups of powdered sugar, 41 cups of flour, 35 egg whites and 51 pounds of candy to complete. It took Vanessa, who has worked at Little America for the past five years, 33.5 hours to build over eight weeks.
A winner will be randomly drawn on 12/13/2021.
Tickets can be purchased for $5 each, 6 for $25, 12 for $50, 24 for $100 and 48 for $200.
About the baker:
-Vanessa Ronspies originally went to school for Culinary Management when she found her passion for baking while working at the Waldorf Astoria, Park City UT. She has spent the past 15 years baking, including the past 5 years with the Little America. Vanessa loves working with food and color, and most of all making people happy!
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2021 – 2022 Annual Campaign
Crisis Response Fund
When our community faces pandemics, wildfires, floods or other emergencies, the United Way of Northern Arizona (UWNA) marshals the volunteers and financial support needed to Step Up and meet the challenge to help those most in need. Supporting community members in Coconino, Navajo and Apache Counties.
Frequently Asked Questions
United Way of Northern Arizona is a local, non-profit organization, governed by a group of dedicated volunteer community members.
Together, we will make a greater impact on creating an educated and thriving community – a community that ensures lasting change. Through collaboration we will combine resources and leverage our talents to drive broader social and systemic change in our community.
Our dedicated Community Investment Fund volunteers are recruited through our list of donors, campaign volunteers, and corporate and community leaders. They carefully monitor community needs, meet with local health and human services agencies, review each partner’s request for program funding and invest your donation in programs that will impact and improve the greatest number of lives. Final decisions on the Community Investment Fund is made by the UWNA Board of Directors
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Because your charitable donations come out of your after-tax earnings, you may deduct the total amount deducted from your payroll checks during the year on the “Gifts to Charity” line of your Schedule A if you choose to itemize instead of claiming the standard deduction. If your employer matches your payroll donation, you cannot deduct any of the matched donation — only your employer can deduct that portion of the charitable gift.
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Local programs we partner with increase
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