This past weekend, Samantha Mayfair Cakes was fortunate enough to partner with Rethreaded in their seventh annual Mukti Gala. Rethreaded is a non-profit based here in Jacksonville, Florida; they help victims of human trafficking and provide social services, skill development, and employment opportunities through their social entrepreneurship program. By upcycling used clothing items and turning them into new pieces such as scarves (I purchased the Grace scarf at the event) and jewelry (they make amazing earrings from donated plane seats thanks to their Southwest Airlines partnership!), the women who come to Rethreaded learn a trade and business skills while rebuilding their lives.
Mukti, which literally translates to “freedom” in Bengali, is Rethreaded’s biggest fundraising event of the year. At the gala, we heard several incredibly moving survivor stories from current Rethreaded employees. For them to pull themselves out of a bad situation, and have the guts to stand in front of a 500+ person crowd and talk about it, was truly inspiring.
We were thrilled to donate a $500 gift certificate for a custom, Samantha Mayfair cake in the silent auction for the evening. To give the bidders a sense of what they were bidding on, we created a display cake to accompany the certificate at the event.
I wanted to design a display cake that was inspired by Rethreaded and the gala, so I borrowed from the event’s color palette to create an array of sugar flowers; rich purples and plums, with a little pop of peach and orange. I wanted the flowers, which took several days to create, to “rise-up” the four-tier ivory colored cake with metallic accents to symbolize the incredible journey these women have embarked upon to rise-up and out of the horrific situations in which they once found themselves.
Since it’s a display cake (there’s nothing but Styrofoam under all that fondant), I have the pleasure of keeping “The Mukti Cake” here in my workspace, where I can look at it all the time. It serves as a reminder for me that every little bit helps, and that women need to stick together and lift each other up, not tear each other down. It reminds me that there are a lot of women who still need help, who need us to be their voice until they are strong enough to find their own.
I hope you’ll spread the word about Rethreaded and that you’ll also consider donating to this important initiative.
AND, this Thursday March 8th is International Women’s Day. We’ll be donating sweet treats to an event at Fig & Willow boutique, which is collecting gently used clothes to donate to City Rescue Mission. If you’re near Atlantic Beach, be sure to swing by!