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Place your order for Thanksgiving goodies by this Friday, Nov. 16

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 27th year.

This year’s sale takes place Wednesday, Nov. 21, beginning at 9:30 am, making it easy to purchase some tasty treats for your Thanksgiving table so you can cross that task off your holiday to-do list.

As in years past, OGC will be offering both professionally baked and home-baked goods. Preorders for a variety of pies from Nation’s and dinner rolls from Taste of Denmark will close this week, so be sure to place your order by Friday, Nov. 16. To preorder, stop by the table in the Franklin lobby from 12 to 1 pm or contact Barbara Bray at or 987-9933.

You can pay for and pick up your preordered pies and rolls on the day of the sale (cash only, please), Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in 8112 Franklin. But you’ll want to arrive early for the best selection of home-baked goods, including a variety of cakes, pies, cookies and Thanksgiving-themed treats. Bagels and cream cheese and coffee will also be available for sale.

Everyone who attends the sale will receive a free raffle ticket for the opportunity to win a variety of fun prizes. For the first time, OGC will also be hosting a silent auction during the sale; among the auction items are gift baskets, a handmade quilt and one of Lupe’s Luscious Chocolate Cakes, home-baked by UCOP President’s House Manager Lupe Jimenez.

If you place bids or enter the raffle, be sure to return to the sale at 1:30 pm for the raffle drawing and to find out whether you were the highest bidder for the silent auction items. Please be prepared to pay cash only for all purchases and auction bids.

All proceeds will go to two local charities:

  • Alameda County Community Food Bank, active in local hunger-relief efforts for 27 years, serves one in every six residents of Alameda County, nearly two-thirds of whom are children and seniors.
  • First Place for Youth, a Northern California–based organization founded in 1998 to provide affordable housing and other support to former foster youth, is a national model for programs supporting high-risk youth.

If you would like to contribute baked goods for the sale or make a donation to one of these charities, please contact Rosita Soriano at or 987-9950.

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