Nine-year-old Alexa Kitaygorodsky and her eight-year-old sister, Rachel, have always loved baking. Two years ago, they decided to turn that baking into cash. And what that baking has turned into, well, is pretty darn impressive, especially for two adolescents.
In their first annual Sweet Charity bake sale—at their home in Edgemont—the girls accrued $1,500, which they promptly, and sweetly, donated to the SPCA. The year after? $400 more than that.
“We do pretty much all of it,” said Rachael and Alexa proudly when asked if their mother, Lori Kitaygorodsky, was actually the one behind the baking.
Cupcakes with filling, cookies, cake pops, and macarons are on the menu for this March’s Sweet Charity. You may be wondering how a third- and a fifth-grader acquired the skills to bake for a hundred-person guest list, selling baked goods at a maximum of only $3 apiece, all in one day. Well, these two are not your average homegrown bakers. Alexa and Rachael have experienced cooking lessons in kitchens at the St. Regis Bay Harbour Resort in Miami, the Deer Valley Resort in Utah, and even while on vacation in Paris.
“All I do is turn on the oven, put the pans in, and take them out when they’re done,” Mrs. Kitaygorodsky added.
She may not help much with the baking process, but, each March for the past two years, Mrs. Kitaygorodsky has shown support by holding the sale—with a guest list of over a hundred people—at the girls’ house in Edgemont.
Profits of Sweet Charity went to the SPCA’s no-kill shelter and The Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, garnering the sisters the Westchester SPCA’s first-ever Youth Service Award. The two will be recognized at the SPCA’s annual “Top Hat and Cocktails” Benefit Gala on Friday, October 18th.