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Youth group tallies more than 4 million points, takes $1,300 prize in BrownBoots’ charity contest

Ascension Lutheran Church’s youth group took the cake (so to speak) as the winner of BrownBoots Interactive’s 13-day online charity competition.

The youth group was one of seven nonprofit organizations chosen by the BrownBoots staff to participate in Cake-for-a-Cause, a browser-based, arcade-style game that encouraged players to collect slices of birthday cake and cupcakes to accrue the highest score and, ultimately, win a $1,300 donation.

A group shot of Alan Hathaway, Julie Boelter, and Ascension Lutheran Church youth group members and leaders
Alan Hathaway, present/owner of BrownBoots Interactive presents a check for $1,300 to Julie Boelter, youth and family ministry coordinator at Ascension Lutheran Church. They are joined by Ascension youth group members and leaders.

Jim Quackenboss, a developer and systems manager at BrownBoots, selected Ascension Lutheran Youth as his Cake-for-a-Cause charity to support the group’s 2013 Midwest Mission Trip.

“I’m very excited for our youth, who will forgo their usual West Virginia mission trip in order to provide a mission trip opportunity for another youth group,” Quackenboss said. “The Jaguar Scouts from Belize could never dream of flying anywhere to serve others, so the Ascension Lutheran youth are working hard to raise money to bring them here. Then the two groups will serve the people of Chicago, Milwaukee and Fond du Lac side-by-side.

A total of 4,253,537 points were scored on behalf of the Ascension Lutheran Youth Group, but the victory wasn’t exactly a cakewalk, as the Fond du Lac Humane Society hounded them every step of the way, occasionally taking the lead.

Thousands of games of Cake-for-a-Cause were played from Nov. 16 to 28. The final scores for all seven charities are available at

“I think it is amazing that our youth chose to give up going far away on their mission trip so they could offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience to these Belizean students,” Julie Boelter, youth and family ministry coordinator at Ascension, said. “This awesome donation helps us get closer to our $15,000 fundraising goal and has given this trip an amazing amount of exposure. The Cake-for-a-Cause game involved more people than we could ever have imagined. What a blessing!”

Cake-for-a-Cause combined BrownBoots’ passion for technology and love for the community it calls home. The $1,300 donation was made as part of a celebration of the agency’s 13 years of creativity, collaboration and continuing success.

“We’re extremely happy with how successful the Cake-for-a-Cause contest turned out to be and that our donation will be able to help so many people, who in turn will be able to help others,” Alan Hathaway, president and owner of BrownBoots, said. “We certainly had fun playing the game and appreciate the community’s support.”

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