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January 04, 2008, 12:00 AM
Gingerbread contest benefits children

Chefs of all ages explored the possibilities of gingerbread at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay’s Gingerbread House Contest and Silent Auction.

The popular annual benefit for Coastside Children’s Programs attracted 40 spectacular entries in the categories of Children 12 and Under, Home Cooks and Professional Chefs/Culinary School Students. There were igloos, barns and trains made of it, as well as Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Frank Lloyd Wright’s "Fallingwater” and Santa’s Toy Shoppe.   

"Our resort was honored to display such creative and time intensive entries in our main lobby to share with guests and would like to thank all entrants for participating this year. Every year the Silent Auction of gingerbread houses benefits Coastside Children’s Programs and this year we raised a total of $1525 for their exceptional childcare agency,” said Ritz Carlton Public Relations Coordinator Shelly Auyeung.

Fourth Annual Gingerbread House Contest Winners were children, 12 and under:

First – Camille Enzweiler, Second – Anna Dal Porto, Third – Michelle Heinzman;

Home Cooks: First – Jan Loomis, Second – Lisa Petrocchi, Third – Cindy Welton;

Professional Chefs and Culinary School Students: First – Andrea Mautner, Second – K. Garrett, Third – Isaac Carter.

Winners in the People’s Choice category were Michelle Heinzman, Emily Phelps and K. Garrett.

New HIP Housing calendar released

HIP Housing introduced its 2008 Calendar at a lively function Dec. 4 at the Main San Mateo Library.

In October, HIP held its seventh annual drawing contest for children from kindergarten to fifth grade to select 12 drawings to be featured in the calendar. The children were asked to draw a house and write a statement on "what my home means to me.”

A committee of community members, including San Mateo Mayor Jack Matthews and Foster City Vice Mayor Ron Cox, selected the winners. At the unveiling of the calendar, the 12 winning drawings were displayed along with the children’s statements.

First Place winner Hanci Lei said, "My fruit house means peace, happiness, and health. When you look at it, it makes your eyes feel good.” For 35 years HIP Housing has helped thousands of individuals find a place to call home in San Mateo County. HIP Housing’s calendar is filled with information about HIP’s programs and will be used to help educate the community about its housing services.

The winners of HIP Housing’s 2008 Calendar Contest are: (First Place) Hanci Lei, Third Grade, Foster City, (Second Place) André Zhang, Fourth Grade, Foster City, Sophia Lockton, Kindergarten, San Mateo, Aditi Sharma, Kindergarten, San Mateo, McKenzie Mell, First Grade, Half Moon Bay Coastside, Nicholas Wilcox, First Grade, San Mateo, Alan Wu, Second Grade, Foster City, Megan Jow, 2nd Grade, San Mateo, Samantha S., Third Grade, Half Moon Bay Coastside, Sofia Carolina Sanchez Valverde, Fourth Grade, Millbrae, Oscar Liang, Fifth Grade, Millbrae, and Mayeesha Galiba, Fifth Grade, Foster City.

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