Let Them Eat Cake 2018

Let Them Eat Cake: Make Waves

The Midwife Center's 13th annual fundraiser party and cake contest

Friday, October 19, 2018
6:00pm | VIP Champagne Reception & Dinner
8:00pm | Cake Reception

Hotel Monaco
620 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 


Let Them Eat Cake raises critical funds for The Midwife Center's programs and services that make personalized reproductive care accessible to all.

This year's theme: Make Waves
From the refreshment of a cool drink to the pleasure of listening to a summer’s rainstorm, from the smallest of streams to the world’s great oceans, this year’s theme highlights the beauty and power of water in all of its forms. This year's cakes will be inspired by this theme.

6:00pm | VIP Champagne Reception & Dinner
Tickets on sale now
Join us in Hotel Monaco's beautiful ballroom for a champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres followed by a plated dinner from the culinary team at The Commoner. After dark, join us for the Cake Reception.

8:00pm | Cake Reception
Tickets on sale now
Enjoy the decorated cake gallery in Hotel Monaco's stunning columned foyer and a cake tasting featuring underwater-themed cakes by the region's best bakers and decorators. Plus a fabulous silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, refreshments from the bar, and more.

VIP Dinner Host Committee
Tacy Byham, Ph.D, Chair
Janice Anderson, MD & Pat Downey
Christine Andrews, MD
Jane S. Barnes & Charity J. Imbrie
Vivian & Bill Benter
Nancy Bernstein
Bill & Carolyn Byham
Carter Byham
Spencer Byham-Carson
Debra Caplan & David Levenson, MD
Verna Corey, ScD
Jennifer Cox-Siegel
Patricia Documet
Congressman Mike Doyle
Dr. Daniel Edelstone
Nancy Eligator, MD
Ebe Emmons
Cathy Finch
Andrea & Jeff Fitting
Representative Dan Frankel
Susan Frietsche
Kathleen & G. Ryin Gaines
Dinnie Goldring
Kelsey Halling
Mike & Evonne Henry
Lilla Hillman
Chris & Tom Kobus
Anne Marie Kuchera
Tory Kulli
Kelly Martin
Denise McMorrow, Ph.D
Eileen Minnock, MS, CNM, retired
Reshma Paranjpe, MD
Nora & Arnie Peace
Lisa M. Pellow
Cathy Raphael
Representative Adam Ravenstahl
Lynne Reder
Nancy Reese
Judy Ruszkowski & Ken Regal
Cecile & Eric Springer
Lisa K. Stauffer
Betsy & Tom Teti
Sarah Trbovic

Silent Auction Chair
Kathleen Gaines

Sponsor the event or join the VIP Dinner Host Committee
For detailed information about sponsorships, please download our sponsorship packet (PDF).
Learn more about joining our VIP Dinner Host Committee.

From the refreshment of a cool drink to the pleasure of listening to a summer’s rainstorm, from the smallest of streams to the world’s great oceans, this year’s theme highlights the beauty and power of water in all of its forms. Bakers and decorators will create cakes inspired by this theme. This could include:

- Any and all representations of water and bodies of water, including oceans, seas, ponds, rivers, and more.
- Animals, plants, and other things found in water or in relationship to water, both real and imaginary, underwater life and ecosystems
- The movement and power of water, the enchantment of water, the healing nature of water

Participating bakers and decorators: See the rules, guidelines, and contest info here.

Why "Make Waves?"

Let Them Eat Cake has never had a water or underwater theme before, and we are excited to see what bakers and decorators create for this theme. Secondly, each year we try to connect the theme to The Midwife Center and in this case, the theme connects to water birth. Last year, The Midwife Center was very excited to become one of the only practices in the region to offer the option of water birth with its expanded facility. We are proud to be able to offer this evidence-based comfort measure that features the benefits of water.

We also appreciate the active, powerful feel of “Make Waves.” We believe in the power of individuals and families to make informed choices about their health care, including their births. And finally, as the only birth center in Western PA, we and our supporters are making waves by transforming what care looks like for individuals and families.

Thank you to our sponsors

Download our sponsorship packet (PDF).

Wellness for All

Nancy Bernstein
Dr. Daniel Edelstone & Ms. Dodi Walker Gross
Ebe Emmons

With Woman Fridays

Janice Anderson & Pat Downey

Nancy Reese

Educate & Inspire

Jane S. Barnes & Charity J. Imbrie
Verna Corey, ScD
Andrea & Jeff Fitting

Kathleen & G. Ryin Gaines
Dinnie Goldring
Cathy Raphael
The Rust Foundation
Judy Ruszkowski & Ken Regal
Jeannette South-Paul, MD & Michael Paul, MD

Piece of Cake
Cake Pop

Adagio Health
Congressman Mike Doyle
Doug Stradley
Fahringer, McCarty, Grey, Inc.
Meyer, Unkovic, & Scott
Professional Liability Agency & Risk Transfer Advisors
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
Shining Light Prenatal Education
Touchstone Pilates
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
in support of the Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellowship


If you have any questions about Let Them Eat Cake or would like to learn more about sponsoring the event, please contact Rachel Dingfelder, Development & Communications Manager at r.dingfelder@midwifecenter.org

Cake above by:
Kaylie Carini of Hyeholde Restaurant
Cake photos by Andy Johanson Photography

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