Event: The Kupcake Factory Cupcake Eating Contest (New Orleans, LA)
|Past Kupcake Champion, Steve|
|Steve, Estaban, Alexis and their family.|
|That does not look appetizing.|
|Ariyana Marcel and the VOODOO Couple.|
As "Gangam Style" blared over the speakers, I couldn't help but notice this little girl dancing with the Voodoo Couple, so of course I had to meet her. Ariyana Marcel has spinal muscular atrophy, which is a disease that causes the muscles to damage and weaken. Her mother, Marylynne Marcel, said, "Having this type of support and cause means the world to us, knowing that we always have this kind of support system is what gets us through...they're family."
The Kupcake Factory is locally owned and operated by 2 sisters, Victoria and Claudia Melgar. The Kupcake Factory opened in 2008, and now has 4 locations (Veterans, Old Metairie, Uptown, and Kenner). They have 30 original cupcake flavors all made from scratch with 12 different flavors offered daily. They wanted to support a good cause so they decided to get involved with MDA to raise awareness about muscular dystrophy and the association. Victoria said, "Our aunt has Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which is a disease in the nerve cells, and she has had it for 8 years now so we wanted to contribute anyway we can, so we decided why not a cupcake eating contest, and we plan contributing for many years to come."
For more information on the Kupcake Factory, visit www.thekupcakefactory.com and you can also Like them on Facebook.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy. The association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.