Hoffman Estates High School Prepares for Cupcakes and a Cause


More than 9,000 cupcakes were baked at last year’s event.

Hoffman Estates High School students, staff, and community members can most likely be found joining forces and baking this week to prepare for the annual Cupcakes and a Cause event on Oct. 20. More than 1,000 people attended the event last year at HEHS and 9,000 cupcakes were sold. This year, the event is combining efforts from the entire school.

The proceeds go to the HEHS Special Olympics team, in addition to Autism Speaks, a national autism awareness organization. Amy Longmore, special education teacher and girls’ soccer coach at HEHS, is anticipating another exciting and successful event.

Any individual who bakes is eligible to participate in the cupcake contest. This was a cupcake from last year’s contest, which was modeled after the popular game “Angry Birds.”

“I am looking forward to seeing the energy at the event,” Longmore said. “I am excited to see our Hoffman students, parents, and staff coming together.”

Cupcakes and a Cause will have several live entertainment acts perform during the event, utilizing the school’s own talent by allowing various students to perform different acts, from singing to dancing. Just like in previous years, there will be a craft section and face painting for kids, as well as an informational table hosted by agencies in the community.

Also different from previous years is the correlation between Cupcakes and a Cause and HEHS’ new S.O.A.R. initiative, which stands for “Show respect, Own your actions, Accept differences, and Realize your potential.” The main focus of Cupcakes for a Cause is to “Accept Differences,” to soar towards positivity, just like the school is encouraging its students to do.

In addition to crafts for sale, there is live entertainment, face painting, and information tables available.

“Music, dance, and cupcakes are all things we have in common, and this day is about what we have in common rather than our differences,” Longmore said.

Cupcakes and a Cause is taking registrations for bakers through Oct. 18. Any interested individuals should sign up by 5:00 p.m. Anyone who bakes for the event will be eligible for the Cupcakes and a Cause contest, which will award the cupcakes in the categories of “Best Decorated,” “Most Creative,” and
Best Autism Themed” cupcakes.

Admission to the event is free, and is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cupcakes are $2 each, or $20 for a dozen. For more information about the event and to register to bake, please visit the Cupcakes and a Cause website or contact Amy Longmore at (847) 755-5921.