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CORKY BARS 4 ALS; FIGHTING FOR A GREAT CAUSE 1 BAR AT A TIME

Organized by: Mike Harris

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THE STORY:

Father's Day 2004

I knew my Dad was sick, but didn't know with what or why or what the outcome was going to be. Father's day morning of 2004 I was awakened to family friends of mine and my mother crying down stairs when she told me and my sister the news. Out of shock, sadness, and disbelief, I didn't know how to react. At the age of 12, I lost my father and my friend just like that. To young to understand, or know how to deal with it, it took me a few years to really catch on.

My Own ALS Battle

No, I don't have ALS myself, but that doesn't mean I'm not fighting it just as hard as my father was. Once I was old enough to educate myself on this horrible terminal illness, I knew I couldn't just sit by and watch others die from it with out doing anything about it. My family and I started participating in fundraising walks and attending benefit dinners. I started donating birthday and christmas money, and even had ALS themed birthday parties to raise awareness and funds. Over the years I've probably raised hundreds if not thousands of dollars to the cause, which is just a drop in the bucket, but it was my drop. And now it's time to do something more.

Man I Love to Eat

Food has always been a passion of mine. So much so I'm currently a student at the Culinary Institute of America here in New York. Also an avid outdoors man (like my father) and just eating in general (also like my father), I always have a snack bar close in hand. But could never find one I really enjoyed a lot, and the few I did really enjoy where nearly a five dollars a pop, which was not realistic for this college student. So I figured, how hard can it be to make my own? With a little Google research, and a little creativity, the mixing and matching of ingredients started taking off. Started the first test back in November of 2013, and by April of 2014 I had a recipe pretty well mastered. But one of the best parts of making food, is sharing it with others. So my incredibly supportive family and friends started eating them. Of course everyone claimed "they were the best thing they ever ate", which of course I thought was just them being nice. But after just a few weeks, and complete strangers finding me on Facebook and people stopping me in the local grocery store, it occurred to me maybe I do have something here. A little (lot) of time spent on the computer making labels and some basic packaging, and some time on social media advertising, Corky Bars were born.

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Unfortunately money gets in the way of everything. Ingredients, packaging, advertising, it's all expensive. When making small batches for family and friends I was doing aright, but just alright. And I'm not ok with alright. The point is to raise money and awareness for this important cause, but if I can't even make this simple bar, then my dream ends there. If this does really take off, then I will need to get permits, space, equipment, all of which requires more and more money. Kind of ironic since the point is to raise more money. But it's also to raise awareness, which can be just as valuable sometimes. And what better way to do it than by a delicious snack?

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To This Fundraiser

$800

 

3% Raised of $28,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Molly & Mike Lewen

    $40

  • John & Francine

     

  • David soderlund

    $100

  • Ali Mitchell

    $10

  • Jessica John & Shea Riina

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Kelley & Doug Housman

    $25

  • Lisa & Sam

    $20

  • Melissa Grounds

    $25

  • Ian Llewellyn

    $50

  • Karen and Roger Nelson

    $50

  • Joe & Charlene Bocklet (and kids)

    $100

  • Ashley Reuter

    $50

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Mike Harris

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Donor Comments

Ashley Reuter

Ashley Reuter

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Joe & Charlene Bocklet (and kids)

Joe & Charlene Bocklet (and kids)

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Karen and Roger Nelson

Karen and Roger Nelson

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Ian Llewellyn

Ian Llewellyn

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Melissa Grounds

Melissa Grounds

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Lisa & Sam

Lisa & Sam

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Kelley & Doug Housman

Kelley & Doug Housman

DONATION: $25

Good luck, Mike! Now I want to try one of these bars! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Jessica John & Shea Riina

Jessica John & Shea Riina

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Ali Mitchell

Ali Mitchell

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

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