Winning desserts whet appetites for charity

At the Chester County Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Charity fund-raiser on Tuesday at Waterloo Gardens in Exton, 19 pastry chefs vyed for top honors in front of a record-breaking crowd of 600, organizers said.

The winners included Cake Pops from Cakes & Candies by Maryellen, popular vote; Truffle Razz Pizzazz from Carlino's Specialty Foods and Catering, most creative; and Keys to My Heart from St. Peter's Bakery, professional judges' best dessert.

This year's event honored the late Linda LeBoutillier, who passed away last fall. Sweet Charity benefits the Chester County Community Foundation, which helps families and businesses become involved in long-term charitable by encouraging legacy gifts and increasing awareness of the needs and issues facing Chester County. The Community Foundation holds over 350 funds in trust and annually awards $2 million in grants and scholarships. For more information, visit