Hill’s Country Store hosts ‘Great Purple Cupcake Project’
by Mari Parrilli
KANEVILLE—Hill’s Country Store, 2S133 Harter Road, in Kaneville, is currently hosting a charity event called the “Great Purple Cupcake Project” as a way to raise epilepsy awareness.
From now until Saturday, March 30, Alexa Hill, the daughter of Hill’s Country Store owner Pat Hill, is baking and selling purple cupcakes and cupcake-shaped sugar cookies for $1 each, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the Anita Kaufmann foundation.
The Foundation’s mission is to educate the public against fear of epilepsy and other brain traumas. Kaufmann is a woman who suffers from epilepsy.
Alexa, 22, studies communications at Aurora University. She is doing her capstone project on the creation of a bakery, since she loves to bake and creates pies and other goods for the Country Store (aka the “Purple Store”). During her research for her project, Alexa came upon the Great Purple Cupcake Project listed on a bakery website.
“I investigated the project, and I thought it would be perfect for us, since we are the purple store and epilepsy’s color is purple,” she said.
Alexa’s charity project is unrelated to her school project, but she thought that it would be a nice program to host and take part. Hill designed fliers detailing the event, and has been busy handing them out to everyone she can think of. She also notified “anyone and everyone she knows” via email, as well as her university teachers, and also asked Hill’s Country Store employees to tell all customers about the event.
Alexas has been baking nonstop for the past few days trying to keep up with all the orders coming in. The cupcakes are either chocolate or vanilla with purple frosting, but she is also making purple sugar cookies for those who want another option.
“I also designed, on Photoshop, little purple cupcake paper cut-outs for people to just donate money if they want to, and 100 percent of their donations go directly to the foundation,” Alexa said. “I’ve gotten a lot of donations this way, as well. People have been coming into the store and donating nice amounts, and then we put up the paper cupcake on the wall of the store with their name and amount donated.”
People can pre-order the cupcakes by calling the store and coming to pick up the order at a later date. With each cupcake or cookie sale comes a bookmark or pamphlet for epilepsy education—one of which outlines the signs of epilepsy and what to do in case of seizure.
Alexa estimates her sales to be about $300 so far. Her goal is $500, and she hopes to reach it by Saturday.
For more information or to make a donation, call Hill’s Country Store at (630) 557-2228.