Local businesswoman and mother of three, Cathi Volante, is on a quest to honor the surviving families and the memories of the teachers and children who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year. Volante is the owner and CEO of Couture Cupcake Café, Inc., located in Kildeer. She was so deeply moved on Mother's Day about the loss of life at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, that she began working on a fundraiser for the surviving parents, the children, and community of Newton school district (now located in Monroe, Connecticut) to let them know that people in the Chicago area love and care about them.
"They are living every parent's greatest fear, that of losing their child," Volante said. "I cannot imagine a day, week, or even an hour without my children, much less the rest of my life. How can I not try to do something to comfort them?"
After conversations with the school's superintendent office in Monroe, Conn., as well as with Sandy Hook's school secretary, she knew exactly what to do. "Please pay it forward in our name [as] we are still trying to get back to normal," the school secretary said. "We appreciate what everyone has done and that you would like to provide our school with cupcakes on the anniversary, but we are just trying to find a sense of normalcy."
So with that suggestion, Volante hopes to make the lives of local hospitalized children with serious and life-threatening illnesses a little sweeter, starting here in Barrington at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. From now and through December 13, 2013, Volante's stores will be taking donations to help fund their drive to provide as many children in area hospital wards as possible with a cupcake and a smile.
There will be donation cards in each of their store locations (20771 N. Rand Road, Kildeer and two new store locations that will open the week of Thanksgiving, one in downtown Palatine at 45 Bothwell Street., and also a store in Wilmette at 1157 Wilmette Avenue).
"We are a small, family-owned business and we give to charities on a monthly basis, but this is close to my heart and somehow we will find a way," Volante said. "My son was diagnosed with a heart problem a year ago this month. I saw firsthand the effect medical illnesses have not only on the children, but on the parents. We all seem to have that brave smile, but there's a flicker of fear in our eyes. I believe doing something for families who are praying and fighting for their children to survive an illness would be a worthy tribute to the families and community of the beautiful children and brave teachers that lost their lives almost a year ago in Connecticut."
"If this terrible tragedy touched your heart, please help us help others," Volante said.
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Cathi Volante, CEO of Couture Cupcake Café, Inc. may be reached at 847-432-7332, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.