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Miami Valley Hospital to Host a Great America Bake Sale® to Help End Childhood Hunger in Dayton

MVH Joins PARADE Magazine and Share Our Strength in National Effort

Dayton, OH (January 22, 2007) – Each year, twelve million children in the United States are hungry or at risk of hunger. That’s why PARADE Magazine and Share Our Strength, a leading national anti-hunger organization, are gearing up to host the fourth annual Great American Bake Sale to support the fight to end childhood hunger in America.

For the second year in a row Miami Valley Hospital joins in bringing attention to this serious problem by holding its own employee baking contest and bake sale in Rubicon Cafeteria. The hospital sponsored event will take place on Monday, January 22, with judging to begin at 9:30 a.m. and final winners announced at noon.

"This is an event our employees look forward to all year long," says Anne McDevitt, patient satisfaction project manager and an organizer of the contest and bake sale. "We have many talented bakers in our ranks and the competition can be steep."

"Last year nearly 90 employees entered goodies in the nine designated categories. McDevitt says even children of hospital employees have a chance to compete in the baking contest by entering baked goods in the kids' category."

Following taste testing and final judging, McDevitt says all entries will be sold and proceeds will be directed to the national Great American Bake Sale Campaign.

"Last year we raised almost $1,000 by selling single cookies, brownies, candies, pies, and cakes. This year we are hoping to top that figure," says McDevitt.

Celebrity judges, including Dayton Daily News columnist Dale Huffman, and reporter Mark Fisher have been recruited to judge the contest and select final winners.

The Great American Bake Sale was introduced in 2003 by PARADE Magazine and Share Our Strength. More than one million Americans have taken part, helping to raise more than $3 million to fight childhood hunger in the U.S. From funds raised, Share Our Strength awards grants to innovative nonprofits fighting childhood hunger across the country.

"Hunger is not just a large city problem. Our employees come face to face with hunger issues every day right here in our own community," says Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital. "This is one way we can show our support and bring attention to the problem and help raise money to help feed hungry children."