Last month, the wildly popular cookie bakery, Chip NYC, teamed up with the Variety Boys & Girls Club’s Young Professionals Board to raise $10,000 for the Astoria based Boys & Girls Club.
Chip NYC set up a pop-up shop at the Club, sold 1,000 cookies and 50 oven mitts, and donated ALL of the proceeds to the Club. The proceeds will directly benefit the Club’s after school programs, which serve over 4,000 families per year, the majority of which are low-income.
The YPC also held a raffle to win items donated by local businesses. Heroes Basketball League donated an iPad, Ninos AQ Restaurant in Ditmars donated a $100 gift card, and Aigner’s Chocolate donated custom chocolates to be raffled off.
Local businesses from around Queens & Brooklyn also stepped up to donate to the cause, including: liv Salad, Mega Contracting Group, Dimples Baby, Realty 2000, Tax Time NYC, Phillips Brokerage, and Heroes Basketball.
Both YPC members and Chip employees volunteered at the 4 hour event.
Over 300 hungry fans showed up to try Chip‘s new Cinnamon Roll Cookie, which they debuted at the event.
Although there was a delay at the start of the event (due to the Club’s electrical system connection to the oven), most loyal fans stayed positive with excitement as they waited to try Chip‘s new cookie and support a local non-profit that caters to many families.
“Any chance to try a Chip specialty cookie and I’m there,” said Chris Sinnott, Chip NYC fan who resides in Ridgewood. “I also play basketball for the Heroes League at the Variety Boys & Girls Club, so I’m familiar with this great place,” he added.
The Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens is a local non-profit that inspires children to discover their passions through a diverse array of youth development programs.
Its Young Professionals Board is comprised of passionate members working together to build a brighter future for Queens children. Through volunteerism, philanthropy and community engagement, members play a critical role in connecting the club to corporate partnerships, sponsorship opportunities and hosting fundraising events throughout the year.
“Our YPC is a really fun group,” said John Renda, YPC Member, and Edward Jones Financial Advisor. “The funds we raise help local families receive the support they need. The fact that they can send their children to an after school program that has STEM, arts, sports, and more… is life changing,” Renda added.
“Mentoring the kids at the Club is very fulfilling,” said new YPC member, Katherine Cote. “We’re excited to host our career day event in a few weeks, and we’re inviting everyone in the community to volunteer,” Cote added.
Elsbeth Grant, Variety‘s Director of Education, is “thrilled to be leading the group.” “Strong, consistent development of the kids in our educational and sports programs is vital,” Grant said. “The YPC’s fundraising efforts are very important, but the impact they have on middle and high schoolers via volunteerism and mentorship is instrumental,” she added.
“We love the communities that we serve. We bring smiles to kid’s faces when they eat our cookies, but we’re not stopping there,” said Andrea Prunella, Chip‘s head Pastry Chef. “We want to directly support organizations that serve families in need,” Prunella added.