Additional winners included Haley Brown from Haleybelle’s Cupcakes (Yorkville) as the top professional baker, Jennifer Lynch (Joliet) for best display, Olivia Borne (Joliet) for best taste, and the most creative award was presented to Shelly Blaylock of Crest Hill.
The cupcakes were judged by Amirrah Abou-Youssef from Guardian Angel Community Services, Nora Allen, Evan Bredeson from WJOL Radio and Joliet Central High School culinary arts instructor Rochelle Heavener.
“I think one of my favorite parts of this event was seeing so many families and young bakers involved,” Glen Marcum Foundation President Allison Gunnink said in a news release from Joliet Public Schools District 86, “We wanted this to be a day for family fun and quality time, and I think we met that goal.”
Winner Julia Adams shared that she became interested in baking a couple of years ago after watching food television shows and baking with her aunt.
“I’m probably the youngest one here," Julia said in the release. "I really want to be a baker when I grow up.” she added.
The Glen Marcum Foundation was established in 2017 to commemorate the life and values of Glen Marcum, a lifelong Joliet resident who died in 2016.
The mission of the Foundation is to continue Glen’s lifelong mission of community service by contributing to Joliet area foundations and organizations.
Above, Glen Marcum Foundation president Allison Gunnick presents the Best Overall Baker award to Julia Adams.