Sturgeon Bay's Madison Cloutier, from left, Alysha Nelson and Cynthia Manson, along with Ajia Hayden, not pictured, formed the Girls Bake Club baking cupcakes for fundraisers.
The first rule in Girls Bake Club is the money goes to charity.
Amid a summer full of babysitting and other activities, three Door County girls and their friends have found time to try to help worthy causes in Door County.
The Girls Bake Club was started over a year ago by Cynthia Manson, 11, of Sturgeon Bay; Alysha Nelson, 12, Sturgeon Bay; Madison Cloutier, 12, Sturgeon Bay; and Ajia Hyden-Soun, 11, Green Bay. A fifth member, Sally Briggs, lives Texas and is in charge of the Girls Bake Club Facebook page and www.girlsbakeclub.webs.com.
Each sale generally includes 100 cupcakes that the bake club members make using box mixes.
The girls estimate that since starting the bake club last summer they have raised roughly $2,000. All of which has gone to local organizations including the Go Bo! Foundation, Door County Humane Society, United Way of Door County and Door County Cancer Center in Sturgeon Bay.
The first fundraiser the girls held was in September for Bo Johnson of Sister Bay. Bo, the namesake of the Go Bo! Foundation, was losing his yearlong battle with leukemia. He died Sept. 28.
During that initial sale, the girls raised $1,000.
"After that sale I really thought, one, it was fun, and two, it really felt good," Alysha said.
Shortly after that the girls did a bake sale specifically for breast cancer. Those proceeds were given to the cancer center.
"I think I get inspired (because) it helps the people and it's fun for all our friends to get together (and bake)," Madison said.
The club members try to match the flavors of the cupcakes to the cause they are raising money for. In the case of the breast cancer fundraiser, the cupcakes were cherry chip with pink frosting.
In July the group set up shop during the Sturgeon Bay Sidewalk Sale and sold cupcakes to benefit the United Way of Door County.
"I think it's just great that young women their age, that they are feeling compelled to give back to their community," said Amy Kohnle, United Way of Door County executive director.
Kohnle is also impressed that the community is supporting the girls by way of donations.
If the girls do the bake club again next summer, they already have a cause in mind.
Cynthia said they plan to either use the funds raised to buy and donate school supplies or donate the money to an organization that helps outfit needy students.
"Personally, as someone who started volunteering at about their age, it's great to see that these girls are volunteering and supporting their community, and I really hope that their enthusiasm continues into adulthood," Kohnle said.