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Cancer benefit: The giving spirit

"People were dropping things off at 8:30 this morning," said Shelly Kennedy, one of the organizers of the event and close family friend with Susan.

Amazed by the response on Saturday, Kennedy said Sunday that the funds raised "wildly exceeded our expectations."

"We hope that it will help out with a few medical bills and secure babysitters and "dining out" for the Major family for a while," she said. "The giving spirit was truly amazing! I feel blessed to be a part of such a giving and generous community."

The list of bakers Kennedy had included about 200 names, but then there were several people who just stopped off at the house and dropped off trays of cookies, cupcakes, brownies and pies. Donations came from businesses like the Patisserie and Joelle's French Bistro, the Skaneateles Farmers Market made several gift baskets with local foods and wines, and then there were the home baked goods that came from individual kitchens across the Finger Lakes.

Aside from baked goods, there were also items such as Patience Brewster Inc. ornaments, a boat tour with Mayor Bob Green, an airplane ride, lounge wear, Avon products ... literally something for everyone.

And the little pink house was the perfect location -- as Kennedy's 10-year-old son Clark Strang pointed out to her -- because it's the color that represents breast cancer awareness.

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