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Cookie houses help Family Promise

By Staff | Dec 20, 2013

Vote for your favorite cookie gingerbread house at Orlando's Deli in Muncy. All proceeds will be donated to Family Promise.

MUNCY – Eight delicious looking cookie houses, gingerbreads, and a whole lot more of edible treats decorate the windows and the Deli to Orlando’s on the corner of Main and Water Streets in Muncy. These carefully crafted houses are now on display waiting for a People’s Choice Award. Proceeds will go to Family Promise, a program designed to empower families to the road of self sufficiency and breaking the cycle of homelessness.

“The cookie house keeps with the theme of housing,” said organizer Nicole Coppes of Orlando’s. For the past 8 years or so a group of local women have competed in a cookie contest that now has become a grown tradition, and a fundraiser for charity.

This year for the tradition, a cookie was made into the cookie or gingerbread house. “If you look closely, there is a chimney made from one of the cookies,” pointed Coppes. She also expressed how more advocacy can be done for Family Promise through this fundraiser display and get the community to come in to vote for their favorite one. This “People’s Choice” for one dollar will determine who the final winner will be for the competitive Cookie House contest. “Our goal is to make $500. So far we made more in the first week than we did last year,” Coppes said.

The cookie house display theme of “To Grandmother’s House We Go” was erected on Monday, December 9 and will be up for the next two weeks for the public to come in and vote for their favorite one.

On Sunday, December 8 the women’s tasty creations were judged by Joanne Pauling from Muncy’s Bake Shop, Father Glen McCreary from Church of Resurrection, Monica Casale and Matt Acres, both from Muncy.

This is one of 8 Cookie Gingerbread houses currently on display at Orlando's Deli to capture the public's favorite vote so proceeds can be donated to Family Promise. The contest was organized by Nicole Coppes and will be on display until the last weekend in December.

Winner for the best tasting cookie was Connie Coyner, and Amy Bowen was the all around winner for her chocolate peanut butter cookie. BJ Winters won for the best display with her version of the Country Store made from red licorice.

Other contestants are Katie Dgien, Mary Ann Goetz, Heather Baranoski, Crystal Edkin and Lisa Sleboda.