AVB Bakes and Gives for Marine Corps Toys for Tots

Members of the South Atlantic region compete in the charity baking competition for Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

The holiday season has arrived and AVB members and vendors stepped up to help children in need. This past week at the 2018 Leadership Conference, AVB Inc continued the 10-year tradition of raising money for a local charity through a friendly member and staff baking competition.  AVB chose Marine Corps Toys for Tots in Sacramento as the charity of choice. AVB has been donating dollars raised to Marine Corps Toys for Tots for the last three years and are considered a 1-star partner with the organization.

Marine Corps Toys for Tots is a nonprofit charitable organization with the goal of gifting a new toy during the holidays to America’s less fortunate children. This year’s event held a special resonance as the donations will be used to support the victims of the recent fires in California.  Regions, vendors and individual members contributed to the cause and surpassed last year’s donation amount, allowing them to donate over 7500 toys for children in need.

Marine Staff Sergeant Walker, who attended the event on behalf of Marine Corps Toys for Tots had one word to describe the contest and the phenomenal contribution this group made – “Awesome,” he said. “Awesome.”

Staff Sergeant Walker speaking at the AVB Inc. Leadership Conference in Sacramento.

As part of the charity competition, members and staff competed in a sweet treat baking cook-off with each AVB region fielding baking team and vendor partners donating all the supplies, from utensils to appliances. Local BrandSource member, Gianelli’s Appliances and Repair, located in Rancho Cordova, California, donated their time to set up all the ovens at the outdoor venue.  AVB staff judged the baking competition and picked the winner with the tastiest dessert.

The South Atlantic region of BrandSource received the golden spatula for the winning dish of pecan pie. Harry Buntyn, Region Manager and team captain, attributed the win to great teamwork, a wonderful recipe and a secret Kentucky bourbon ingredient.

One of the competition judges, Kevin Werner, general manager of membership at BrandSource, said, “it was very difficult to pick a winner because they were all fantastic! But the real winners are the kids who benefit greatly by the generous donations made by our outstanding members and vendors.”

BrandSource CEO, Jim Ristow, speaks to members and vendors at the 2018 Leadership Conference Toys for Tots charity event.

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