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Dad’s Cake Bake continues adventure

Published on November 4, 2017 12:01AM

With a “Let the Adventure Begin” theme, the Oct. 9 Dad’s Cake Bake raised $1,000 at West Park Elementary School in Hermiston.

Photo contributed by Mary Gorham

With a “Let the Adventure Begin” theme, the Oct. 9 Dad’s Cake Bake raised $1,000 at West Park Elementary School in Hermiston.

More than 60 cakes were featured during the 60th annual Dad’s Cake Bake Oct. 9 at West Park Elementary School in Hermiston.

Photo contributed by Mary Gorham

More than 60 cakes were featured during the 60th annual Dad’s Cake Bake Oct. 9 at West Park Elementary School in Hermiston.


For the 60th year, the Dad’s Cake Bake raised money to benefit students at West Park Elementary School in Hermiston.

This year’s theme, “Let the Adventure Begin,” showed off culinary creations that included everything from a serpentine snake and an airplane to a scrapbook and train scene in the snow. A total of 61 cakes brought in $1,000 during the Oct. 9 event at the school. Ford Bonney donated his services as auctioneer, interjecting a humorous dialogue as cakes were on the auction block, said Mary Gorham, a second grade teacher at the school.

The Dad’s Cake Bake started in 1957 when Herold Miller, then president of the West Park Parent Teacher Organization, suggested the event, Gorham said. The group was trying to help raise money to put crosswalks around West Park and Good Shepherd Hospital, which used to be next door to the school.

The initial goal was to raise $600, which the city of Hermiston would match, Gorham said. The first Dad’s Cake Bake event surpassed its goal, bringing in about $800.

The event’s diamond anniversary event featured a performance by kindergarten students and awards for cakes, including “Best Theme,” “Most Humorous” and more.



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