Gartner Studios Announces Partnership with Lake Elmo Organization, Supporting Kids with Congenital Heart Defects
STILLWATER, MN – October 23, 2013 – Stillwater-based Gartner Studios has selected Lake Elmo-based Cakes From Grace as their primary local outreach partner, to honor the memory of a very special little girl.
Gracia Lorraine Hunt was born on August 2, 2012 with a severe Congenital Heart Defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Gracia (also known as Gracie) lived 82 wonderful days on this earth and will forever be loved and remembered.
Cakes From Grace Inc., a pending 501c3 organization, was established in Gracie’s memory, to share her story, raise awareness about Congenital Heart Defects, reach out to those that have been effected by them, and to give hope for those who have lost a child. This special organization provides custom cakes for kids with Congenital Heart Defects, and also donates specialty cupcakes to fundraisers raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects. The organization’s vision is to reach out to every family with a child born with a Congenital Heart Defect, and put smiles on their faces with each cake they donate.
Gartner Studios will come alongside the organization to create awareness and support their ongoing work, including product donations from their Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios and Tylina Foods product lines, and using their extensive business network for outreach efforts. Future plans also include creating a showcase event benefiting the organization, that ties in Food Network “Ace of Cakes” star/food celebrity Duff Goldman and some of the Midwest’s top cake and pastry chefs.
According to Gartner Studios CEO Greg Gartner, “We’re very impressed with this outstanding organization and their mission, which touches families who have suffered this heartbreak. We’re proud to be a part of celebrating Gracie’s legacy, and look forward to supporting Cakes From Grace as they expand their outreach.”
Cakes From Grace founder Becky Hunt commented, “I am so grateful for all the products that Gartner Studios is donating to us, and look forward to seeing the future benefits from their teamwork with Cakes From Grace. I can’t thank Gartner Studios enough for helping us get the word out about what we are doing for these special kids, and sharing Gracie’s story.”
Active in their hometown community, Gartner Studios is a supporter of The Partnership Plan’s Jeans & Jewels fundraiser on March 8, 2014, a gala fundraiser for the Fabrication Lab at Stillwater High School. The company also recently co-sponsored of the American Cancer Society’s 100 Anniversary Legacy Ball, honoring Twin Cities food maven Sue Zelickson, and is proud to co-sponsor the 2013 Charlie Awards on November 17, saluting the best and brightest stars in the Twin Cities restaurant and foodie community.