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Society’s cookies, cocktails fundraiser presented online

Mahoning Valley Historical Society supporters will have to settle for virtual cookies in 2021.

The ninth edition of its Cookie Table and Cocktails fundraiser will take place online through MVHS’s website and social media platforms. A weeklong basket raffle and silent auction will precede a celebration video program at 6 p.m. Feb. 27.

According to MVHS Executive Director Bill Lawson, “Just as many fundraising events have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, MVHS has decided to move forward with our popular, Cookie Table and Cocktails in the online space this year versus our traditional, in-person event. We hope the virtual format gives more people a chance to join the festivities in the comfort and safety of their own homes.”

The historical society’s website (www.mahoninghistory.org) will be the main source for all event details, where and how to access the online basket raffle and silent auction and how to make a financial gift to the organization. Links to the concluding video program will be accessible for free via the same website and MVHS’s YouTube channel and Facebook pages.

Traditionally, Cookie Table and Cocktails has been a live, catered event that is styled to recreate a traditional Youngstown wedding reception and features a judged, cookie baking competition for both amateurs and professionals. Due to public health precautions and the change to a virtual format, there will be no distribution of actual cookies.

Television news anchor Stan Boney will emcee the event. The lead segment will include the February Bites and Bits of History presentation, “A Cookie Table and Cocktails Special,” which will cover the cultural history of this regional phenomenon. Other segments will give an overview of MVHS and this annual fundraising event, acknowledgment of sponsors and insights on how cookie competitions are judged.

Special features will be a demonstration of how to make the event’s signature cocktail, appearances from local bakers and special guests and the musical story of Del Sinchak and his “Cookie Table Polka.”

Any individual or organization interested in becoming an event sponsor or contributing items for the basket raffle or silent auction can contact Linda Kostka, MVHS development director, at 330-743-2589, Ext. 125, or lkostka@mahoninghistory.org.

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