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Get a jump on your Thanksgiving baked goods at OGC’s bake sale

It’s almost as much a tradition as Thanksgiving itself! The annual pre-Thanksgiving Bake Sale and Raffle, a charity fundraiser sponsored by UCOP’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC), is now in its 26th year.

This year’s sale takes place Wednesday, Nov. 23, 9:30 a.m. until sellout, on the eighth floor of Franklin and in room 8112. Featured will be professionally baked and home-baked goods and a raffle for gift baskets and other prizes.

“The idea is to hold the sale the day before the Thanksgiving holiday so people can get a few things to help with their own holiday meal,” says Cheryl Marshall, paralegal services manager and a member of the OGC committee that coordinates the event.

The deadline has passed for pre-ordering pies and other baked goods from Nation’s and A Taste of Denmark. But you can still contribute home baked goods and purchase raffle tickets in advance of the sale.

If you would like to contribute baked goods for the sale, contact Rosita Soriano at

Raffle tickets, at $1 apiece or six for $5, may be purchased in advance of the sale by contacting Antoinette Lewis-Long at

The raffle will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, outside 8112 Franklin. Prizes include gift baskets containing food and wine as well as gift cards from local merchants and one of Lupe’s Luscious Chocolate Cakes, the famous multi-layered confection home-baked by Lupe Jimenez, house manager in the President’s Executive Office.

All proceeds go to two local charities:

  • The Family Emergency Shelter Coalition, a nonprofit group of 30 churches and community organizations that provides food, shelter, counseling and other services to homeless families in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and San Leandro.
  • First Place for Youth, a Northern California–based organization founded in 1998 that provides affordable housing and other support to former foster youth and is considered a national model for programs supporting high-risk youth.

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