By Audra Glidewell
Picture every sweet imaginable in one place to help a child’s vision come to life. No, it’s not Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory or Santa’s Village, it’s the 12th annual Cookies & Castles event hosted by the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Tri Delta benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. This year’s Co-Chairs Laurel Looney and Katie Broussard are promising the gingerbread event will be one to remember.
The two-day event includes a Ladies Luncheon on December 13th, emceed by Channel 5’s Katy Blakey, followed by Family Day on December 14th with two seatings at 10am and 2pm, where families and children enjoy decorating beautiful gingerbread castles in a fun-filled, candy wonderland with over 5000 pounds of sweet treats and a special visit from Santa. After each event the masterpiece is packaged to take home and enjoy for the holidays.
“For over a decade, Dallas Tri Delta Alumnae has had so much fun hosting this event benefiting the Prosthetics department at Scottish Rite Hospital. We are committed to helping fulfill the hospital’s mission of giving children back their normal childhood,” explained Broussard. Scottish Rite is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions, sports injuries, and fractures, as well as certain related arthritic and neurological disorders, such as dyslexia. This includes the care of pediatric and adolescent patients with amputations or limb deficiencies.
Thanks to the generosity of community sponsors, Tri Delta is well on its way to exceeding this year’s goal of donating $150,000 to the hospital and bringing the total giving to more than $650,000. Jan Williams, 2018 Cookies & Castles Co-Chair, remarked, “In our second decade of hosting Cookies & Castles, we really escalated our reach to the corporate community for support of the incredible work done at Scottish Rite Hospital. This effort made a huge difference in what we were able to give back to the hospital. SRH is a true jewel in our community, and companies want to align their corporate giving with such a great cause.”
“We are grateful for the ongoing support from the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Tri Delta, which has made Cookies & Castles a treasured holiday tradition,” Stephanie Brigger, Vice President of Development at Scottish Rite Hospital, said. “It is because of loyal friends like Tri Delta that we are able to provide world-renowned care to children throughout the state and ultimately the world.”
To register and purchase tickets, visit cookiesandcastles.com.