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Cupcakes for a cause

She's the First sponsors girls in developing countries so they can get the education they might otherwise be denied.

She's the First sponsors girls in developing countries so they can get the education they might otherwise be denied. Submitted Photo

— “I’ve always felt a big connection to it,” said Thorn. “I’ve always been involved with the Grace Fund, which is for helping children in Ethiopia get families. One of my mentors adopted both children from there.”

According to Thorn, 1 in 4 girls in the developing world are uneducated and not in school and less than two cents of every development dollar goes toward girls education.

“It’s a big deal for us to say every dollar we get is going toward that,” said Thorn.

Her Campus Skidmore is holding a pre-sale on Monday, Oct. 17, before the official sale on Monday, Nov. 7. The pre-sale will feature all types of baked goods while the big sale will only feature the coveted tie-dye cupcakes.

“We don’t have a definite goal, we just want to make enough to make a difference,” said Thorn. “We’re hoping to attract more activity for the day of the bake sale, and that’s more we can give.”

Her Campus partnered with She’s the First to hold a T-shirt design contest. Six winning designs will be made into T-shirts that will be sold for $15 each and benefit She’s the First.

Thorn submitted a handful of designs and had two chosen as winners. Pre-orders for T-shirts will be advertised at the Oct. 17 pre-bake sale.

“T-shirts need to be preordered because 100 percent of proceeds go to She’s the First so we want to promote and get sales for that,” said Thorn.

She’s the First has grown at a startling rate in just one year. In 2010, the organization raised $32,000 and sponsored 37 girls. So far this year (before the national tie-dye cupcake fundraiser) it’s sponsored 90 girls and raised $17,000 in a single fundraiser, the Girls Who Rock concert.

“We’ve been doing a good track record and want to keep building that momentum,” said Tibbetts.

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