It could be the sweetest world record ever broken and students from Niagara College’s Event Management program are seeking 1000 people to help make it happen on April 1.
With 5000 desserts on order the students are hoping that 1000 people – from the college as well as the public – will answer their call to break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Dessert Party. The event which will be held at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus is not only about making history but making a difference.
The World’s Largest Dessert Party is a fundraiser to support 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.
“Organizing this event is a wonderful hands-on learning opportunity for our students as well as an important lesson in community service as they work to enhance Strive Niagara’s ability to serve area families” said Christine Blane professor and program coordinator for the College’s Event Management program. “We think an attempt to set a world record through mass participation is a great way to get the community involved in our efforts to support this very worthy cause.”
The current Largest Dessert Party Record is held by Friendly’s Ice Cream in Wilbraham Massachusetts which included 794 people and more than 3800 desserts.
While organizers are hoping for 1000 attendees a minimum of 800 people must be present at the College’s event to break the record. The record-breaking attempt will take place during a 15-minute period when each guest must snack on a dessert while stewards monitor and count with official witnesses. The attempt will be filmed and sent to Guinness for verification.
Welland mayor Frank Campion is scheduled to attend as a witness and the event will also include surprise guests from the TV show MasterChef Canada. A variety of treats – from mini maple cupcakes to bacon brownies – will be provided by the college’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute Above and Beyond Cupcakes Fallsview Casino Willow Cakes Pig Out Catering and more.
The World’s Largest Dessert Party will be held from 3-4 p.m. in the gym (lower level) at the College’s NOTL Campus. General tickets (minimum $5 donation) include desserts beverages live entertainment and door prizes. VIP tickets ($20 donation) also include early access to desserts and access to an after-dinner party.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the College at 905-641-2252 ext. 6406 or 4069. For details visit niagaracollege.ca/dessertparty2015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free event parking will be available on campus in lot B3. See campus map here:
About Niagara College’s Many Hands Project
The Many Hands Project is a student-driven renovation initiative run by Niagara College’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) 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 2015.
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 include an upscale country evening (March 27) and a children’s enchanted fairy-tale afternoon (March 29). For details visit https://www.niagaracollege.ca/manyhands.
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 Part-Time Studies 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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