In September of 2012, a bake sale fundraiser for the Go Bo! Foundation was being planned in Bo’s hometown of Sister Bay, Wisconsin, population 886. The fundraiser would be held during Fall Fest, the largest and final festival of the tourist season held in the little resort town. A cookier posted an appeal on Facebook; telling Bo’s story and asking other cookiers if they would be willing to donate decorated cookies to the bake sale. Bo’s message resonated and the response from the cookie community was amazing! Cookiers from around the United States, and around the WORLD, generously and enthusiastically responded with their support. Soon, thousands of intricately detailed decorated cookies started arriving in Bo’s hometown.
A small, yet extremely dedicated group of volunteers unwrapped each cookie, boxed them into gift boxes and sold them at the bake sale. That first year, $5,000 was raised through decorated cookies!
Due to the overwhelming success of the 2012 bake sale, it was decided to make the bake sale an annual event, keeping the “Bo-mentum” going and Bo’s message alive!
In 2016, we were honored to raise a whopping $30,930 at our sweet little bake sale due to the compassionate hearts and generous spirit of this incredible cookie community, for a cumulative 5-year total of $110,413!!! The funds raised at the bake sale allowed the Go Bo! Foundation to proudly present a check for $25,000 on behalf of cookiers around the world to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) for the third year in a row! This donation supports the High-Risk Hematologic Malignancy Program at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. The program is aimed at understanding leukemia biology with the goal of finding innovative ways to treat these extremely intransigent cancers. You only live once. Make it count. A lesson that Bo taught all of us cookiers well.