September is always such an exciting month: children embark on a new school year, Fall begins & football is in full swing–and Sucré & Salon were not behind on this year’s September frenzy.
Sucré took a twist on the annual Cupcake Challenge and created Cupcakes & Cocktails, a fundraiser to benefit four diverse nonprofit organizations based out of New Orleans. Sucré & Salon were able to donate to The Louisiana SPCA, Second Harvest Food Bank, Son of a Saint and NOCCA from the proceeds of what other than our signature cupcakes and cocktails. The fundraiser took place throughout the month of September, with a week dedicated to each of the four organizations listed above. We raised over a total of $2,000 to give to the admirable nonprofits in hopes that our donations will help them continue to make New Orleans a better place, and in hopes to inspire others to #ShareTheSweetnees.
The transactions of cupcakes and cocktails were not the only thing that took place during September. Check out what else happened behind the scenes:
The Louisiana SPCA
What’s better than sweets & puppies? Both of them Together. The Louisiana SPCA held an adoption event at Sucré Lakeside in September to find these pups a new home and to bring awareness to their organization. While dropping off the donation check to Dean and Preston (pictured above), Rachel was lucky enough to meet Grumble, arguably the cutest, most photogenic puppy EVER. (He’s up for adoption guys!) We are looking forward to working with these guys again for Howlin’ for Success in November.
Second Harvest Food Bank
In light of the recent flooding in Louisiana, we knew that this organization would be super special. In addition to our planned donation, each Sucré store served as a donation center for Second Harvest Food Bank to further contribute to the relief efforts of the catastrophic flooding. Customers received 5% off their purchase for all donated items brought to Sucré locations. Rachel was able to bring a large box filled to the top with food that was given as a gift from our lovely Sucré clientele. To learn more about how you can stop hunger, click here.
Son of a Saint
On Thursday September 22nd, Salon by Sucré held a special happy hour event from 4-7 p.m. to benefit Son of a Saint. Sonny (Son of a Saint Founder, above right, middle) & Lauren (above left, far left) from the organization arrived to our French Quarter location with T-shirts, photographs, informational pamphlets and pens & paper for guests to write inspiring messages to the young men in the program. We had a lovely turnout at the happy hour with plenty mixing and mingling (with the cocktails too of course). Drink proceeds directly benefitted Son of a Saint. Learn more about the organization and purchase tickets to their 4th Annual Gala here.
During the last week of our fundraiser, Chef Tariq made a special appearance at NOCCA’s culinary school, teaching the students about the origin, anatomy and creation of chocolate. Students were able to fully engage in the lesson by tasting over ten different types of chocolate brought in by Tariq. With not enough time to share all of his knowledge, Chef promised to return to the school to have a lesson on Éclairs. One of the students shared her personal thoughts on the class here. We’ll see you soon, NOCCA!
A special thanks to the Sucré & Salon staff and a HUGE thank you to all who came out and supported Cupcakes & Cocktails – you are the reason we were able to #ShareTheSweetness with these wonderful organizations! We are already looking forward to next year!