The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
...your path to recovery
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (The Alliance) is 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 Our Chair
I know that over the years individuals that learn about the party cannot understand how we are holding a charitable event with cookies for an eating disorders organization. I want you to know why this party is so important. What we have accomplished is just extraordinary and we should be so proud.
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 it's doors due to lack of proper 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. Because of the party, The Alliance was able to keep it's doors open.
As we continued to grow, we moved from Palm Beach home to Palm Beach home. Every year, we raised more and more funds, and because of our Treats and Sweets The Alliance grew as well. The Alliance was able to hire additional staff, then they were able to move to a bigger space, add additional weekly support groups, and provide more school presentations. In 2016, we outgrew a house and moved into The Flagler Museum (our current home). This past February, we had our largest and most successful event to date with more than 400 attendees! Most recently, The Alliance was able to open the doors to their newest program, offering very low cost therapy to underinsured/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 The Alliance has said 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.
We hope that you will join us and help make this year's event the best yet!