Closing the Gap's "The Great Cake Walk 2017" To Raise Tens of Thousands of Dollars to Fund Local Programs Helping Local Students Avoid the Achievement Gap

Annual Event Turns an Old Fashioned Cake Walk into a Gourmet Mega-Fundraiser Preparing Students for College

The Great Cake Walk is Closing the Gap's annual fundraiser that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund local programs focused on eliminating the academic achievement gap.

In 2016, money raised at The Great Cake Walk was used for college tours, counseling, SAT prep courses, college application guidance and tutoring.

Additionally, the audience instantly sponsored the purchase of enough netbook laptops to send an entire program of high school seniors off to college with these necessary tools for success.

Closing the Gap President Dr. B.J. Snowden says while the Sacramento region has been very supportive of Closing the Gap's mission, there remains much more work to be done.

"In the Sacramento region, high schools are graduating students by the thousands who don't have the completed coursework needed to apply no less gain admission to a four year college. And, they are disproportionately African American, Latino, Southeast Asian and lower-income White students."

This year, The Great Cake Walk will feature compelling stories from students who have benefited from the programs funded by Closing the Gap. They are now in college and some have successfully moved into the workforce.

Top bakeries from Sacramento are providing samples of cake - Cake Castle, Above & Beyond, and Raley's, Icing on the Cupcake and more.

Closing the Gap's "The Great Cake Walk" will take place on Thursday, March 9th from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Harper Alumni Center at Sacramento State.

Closing the Gap identifies, screens and then funds programs focused on closing the academic achievement gap in the Sacramento region. Community partners in The Great Cake Walk are Sacramento State, ABC10, Delegata, and eRepublic.

Want tickets? Get them at Closing the Gap's website.