The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
your path to recovery
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, early
intervention, and advocacy for all eating disorders.
WHY TREATS AND SWEETS
A Message from Nancy Richter, Chair
I know over the years -- and even very recently -- individuals who learn about the Treats and Sweets party cannot understand why we are holding a charitable event with cookies for an eating disorders organization. What we have accomplished is extraordinary!
As many of you know, this event started as a way to give back to an organization that saved one of our own daughter's lives. The Alliance was on the brink of having to close its doors due to lack of sustained funding. As we all love to bake, we had a simple idea of a cookie exchange and doing some good. We knew that we had to do something fast and not let this organization go away. The first year, Sara McCann opened up her beautiful home and we welcomed a little over 100 women. That year, we were able to raise $13,000 for The Alliance.
Because of the party, The Alliance was able to keep its doors open.
As we continued to grow, we moved from Palm Beach home to Palm Beach home. Sara McCann, Kathy Leone, Dede Merck, Susan Miller, and Shelley Menin all were amazingly kind and allowed us to host our party in their homes. Every year, we raised more and more funds, and because of our Treats and Sweets event, The Alliance grew as well.
Johanna was able to hire her 1st full time employee besides herself (Sharon). Then, they were able to move to a bigger space, add additional weekly support groups, and provide more school presentations.
In 2016, as Treats and Sweets became more of a success, we moved the party into The Flagler Museum (our current “home”). This past February, we had our largest and most successful event to date. We had 500+ attendees and raised more than $225,000. Most recently, The Alliance was able to open their doors to their newest program: offering very low-cost therapy to underinsured and uninsured individuals (many of whom have never had access to treatment before).
It is so special that we can see, with our own eyes, the enormous impact that we have been able to make on an organization and the community it serves.
Just as eating disorders do not discriminate between age, genders, race, and class, this party is for everyone! I just love that about our party. It's so fun and everyone is so happy! In addition, as Johanna has told me many times over the years, the goal of recovery is all foods (including sweets) are good in moderation. I cannot think of a better way to showcase that concept than our event.