Therapeutic playground benefits from bake sale

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“Roses are red, violets are blue, but these home-baked good are for you!”

That’s what Lori Boffi, the owner of Card$mart located in the Town Hall Plaza at 1507 Atwood Avenue, kept telling her loyal customers during last weekend’s Valentine’s Day bake sale.

In keeping with tradition, Boffi holds special events on themed holidays like Thanksgiving and Easter. She also bakes each and every item from scratch in the kitchen of her Johnston home. Boffi used the same plan for the Card$mart Valentine’s Day Bake Sale that had so many items, she needed two tables to hold her heart-shaped cakes and more.

“Well, we enjoyed another great bake sale,” Boffi said Sunday evening. “Even though the snow resulted in shortened hours, we still sold out of everything we made.”

Although Boffi didn’t have an exact total of just how much money she took in, she announced that all proceeds would benefit the Jeffrey S. Girard II therapeutic playground in the Garden City section of Cranston.

“I absolutely love helping charities like this,” said Boffi, who has raised thousands of dollars for cancer-related non-profits. “We’re told that Jeffry could light up a room just by walking through…he lived his life to the fullest until his passing at the age of 35 after a valiant fight with cancer.”

Boffi hopes to raise more money for the playground with another special bake sale and asks the community to support the project and enable Jeffrey’s name and legacy to live on.

Joseph DiBernardo, a sales executive with Designer Greeting Cards who does business with Boffi, said, “Lori and her team were terrific; they run a great shop and should be commended for all they do to help people and non-profits. Their bake sales are special.”

Boffi’s mother Ann Storti, her sister Deb Sohegan and her daughter Lauren Sohegan “are known as Gram’s Girls,” Boffi said. “When we have these bake sales we use our grandmother’s recipes. We hope we make our gram proud with every bake sale we do, and we make everything with love.”

Boffi is also now planning her annual dinner fundraiser at Cranston Country Club, set for Sunday, March 19. The event will include entertainment, a silent auction, raffles and a 50/50 raffle. For more information, call Card$mart at 270-5291.

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