The event held on April 1 at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus drew 910 guests with a common goal: to break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Dessert Party. Guests tasted sweet success when it was announced that their mission was (unofficially) accomplished.
Organized by the College’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) students the World’s Largest Dessert Party was not only about making history but making a difference. While the total amount raised has not yet been calculated the event was expected to raise an estimated $7000 for the College’s 18th annual Many Hands Project which is giving Strive Niagara a renovation to its Welland facility this spring. Strive Niagara is a non-profit social service organization that provides childcare outreach resources and support for young families in need who are pursuing an education.
“It was so amazing to break a world record and it was great to see the support the event received from the College and the community that will benefit a worthy cause” said Event Management student Tina Hoenselaar chair of the Many Hands Project. “Personally the opportunity to organize a large-scale event gave me valuable hands-on experience that will look great on my resume.”
According to organizers 4100 desserts were consumed during the event. Desserts – more than 5200 in total – were provided by the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute as well as local bakeries and caterers including Above and Beyond Cupcakes Fallsview Casino Willow Cakes and Pastries PigOut Catering Bella Cakes and Feastivities Events and Catering. To meet the world record requirement three desserts had to be available per participant.
The event was attended by College president Dan Patterson Welland mayor Frank Campion and MasterChef Canada’s Danny Raposo. Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Rick Campanelli wished students good luck on a video message that was played for the crowd during the record-breaking attempt.
NC students had to surpass the previous record for the World’s Largest Dessert Party set by Friendly’s Ice Cream in Wilbraham Massachusetts in July 2013 which included 794 people and more than 3800 desserts.
The College’s event had to be tracked and counted meticulously and a video recording will be sent to Guinness World Records for verification. Organizers expect results to become official in about six weeks.
“There are so many details involved in breaking a world record and I’m proud of my students for their success” said Christine Blane professor and program coordinator of the College’s Event Management program. “Organizing this event was a perfect example of applied education at Niagara College. Our students not only had the opportunity to use skills they learned in class and gain real-world experience they supported the community and made history in the process.”
The event was supported by lead sponsor Canadian Tire Bank; official radio sponsors Bell Media’s Niagara’s EZ Rock 105.7 and CKTB Media Releases Talk 610; as well as media sponsors St. Catharines Standard Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune (Sun Media). DJ Blake from By Request Entertainment Inc. and audio visuals from Soundbox Productions Niagara also supported the event.
For details visit http://dessertparty2015.wix.com/dessertparty2015
About Niagara College’s Many Hands Project
The World’s Largest Dessert Party was one of five fundraisers organized by Niagara College’s Event Management students to support the Many Hands Project.
The Many Hands Project is a student-driven renovation initiative run by the Event Management and Renovation Technician programs. As a component of their academic studies Renovation Technician students work on renovations for a selected project recipient while Event Management students plan and execute fundraising events to support the project.
This year’s recipient Strive Niagara will benefit from several renovations to its Welland-based facility. Improvements underway include changes to its existing reception area and main entry corridor as well as a new waiting area. Areas of the building will also receive new paint lighting ceiling and flooring. The project is scheduled to be completed by Reveal Day on April 18.
Since 1998 the Many Hands Project has supported 18 Niagara-based not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects which enhance program and service delivery. Recent recipients have included: Upper Deck Youth Centre in Vineland (2014) Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre in Port Colborne (2013) St. John’s Ambulance Lincoln County Branch in St. Catharines (2012) Salvation Army in Fort Erie (2011) and In the Orchard Programming for the Arts in Fonthill (2010).
Agencies that benefit from the Many Hands Project are selected by a project committee. Recipients must be not-for-profit and involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara region.
NC’s Many Hands team relies on donations and partnerships with sponsors to fund the Many Hands Project. In addition to the World’s Largest Dessert Party fundraisers for this year’s Many Hands Project included an upscale country evening (March 27) and a children’s enchanted fairy-tale afternoon (March 29) and more.
Visit the Many Hands Project website at https://manyhandsproject.wordpress.com/
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.
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