National Gingerbread Showcase turns dough into cash

More than $37,000 is raised and donated to Habitat for Humanity Victoria

The sixth annual Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase raised more than $37,000, a record-breaking amount, and an increase of more than $15,000 over 2013.

More than 4,800 votes were cast during the showcase, up by 1,300 votes over 2013, with Christmas on Endor by Crystal Smith and Kaprieli Vataiki from Cloverdale Out of School Care winning the 2014 People’s Choice Award.

Smith and Vataiki join Anne-Marie Fortin and Jennifer Dumont, the professional and home baker category winners, chosen by professional judges during the showcase launch last November.

All the funds raised are used to support Habitat for Humanity Victoria and its efforts to make affordable homeownership possible for low-income families living in the Victoria region.

“We continue to be absolutely and completely wowed by the support of Victorians and visitors alike,” said Ian Powell, managing director of Inn at Laurel Point.

“We are humbled by their support and look forward to seeing Habitat for Humanity Victoria receive more than $37,000.