On March 8, 2015, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sweet Maria’s Bakery will host an event to kick off its “Cakes for Kids” charity initiative, a program that will benefit patients at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. The event, which will also mark the 25th anniversary of the business, will be held at Sweet Maria’s Bakery located at 159 Manor Avenue in Waterbury, CT.

   The “Cakes for Kids” initiative was created by Sweet Maria’s owner,  Maria Bruscino Sanchez. Her idea was to celebrate a major birthday for her business by helping to create parties and celebrations for patients at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Over the course of this year, Bruscino Sanchez will donate 25 cakes to the hospital so that children receiving treatments will be able to celebrate their birthdays away from home. In addition to the cakes, Bruscino Sanchez has asked guests and customers to join her in giving by bringing a donation to the event. All the money collected will be put towards additional bakery items, party supplies and décor. “Cakes for Kids is a sweet way for us to celebrate our 25 years in business, and sweet way to give back to our community,” says Bruscino Sanchez. “By delivering a surprise birthday cake to a child in the hospital we are hoping to add a bit of yumminess and a smile to their day.”

About Sweet Maria’s
Maria Bruscino Sanchez is the owner of Sweet Maria’s, an award-winning cake and cookie shop in Waterbury, Connecticut. Since 1990, she has been providing the area with home-style sweets and popular baking classes. She is the author of Sweet Maria’s Italian Cookie Tray, as well as three other baking books, compiled in Sweet Maria’s Big Baking Bible. She is also the author of The New Lasagna Cookbook and most recently Small, Sweet and Italian (all St. Martin’s Press). She is a frequent contributor to Intermezzo magazine.

   Sweet Maria’s has been voted Best Cookies in Connecticut by the Connecticut Magazine’s Readers’ Poll over a dozen times and has been voted Best Bakery in Greater Waterbury by the Waterbury Observer Readers’ Poll, consecutively for the past 15 years. The bakery has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, The New York Times and on the Food Network. Maria is a frequent guest on Better Connecticut. She is on the program advisory board of Lincoln Culinary Institute and Post University’s MBA Advisory Board, and a Board Trustee of Girls, Inc. A native Waterburian, she still resides in the city with her husband, Edgar.