ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Frosting, gingerbread and fun were the order of the day during "Sprinkles!" the first interactive cookie decorating class sponsored by the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation on Dec. 1. The special fundraising event kicked off the holiday season at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort.
The Vinoy's Executive Chef Mark Heimann and Pastry Chef Michael Morlan assisted 75 guests with decorating sugar and gingerbread cookies all in the beautiful surroundings of the resort's Grand Ballroom. The Vinoy chefs provided attendees with tips and special techniques on how to make their cookies special at home. The young and the young at heart enjoyed beverages, sweet treats and, of course, cookies during the 90-minute class.
St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation also invited Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pinellas County to participate in the event. The Foundation paid for eight "little" brothers and sisters to attend with their Big Brothers and Big Sisters.Proceeds from the event benefited the Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center at St. Anthony's Hospital. About St. Anthony's Hospital St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony's celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony's has received the 2012 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award. St. Anthony's Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center has received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony's earned the EPA's ENERGY STAR three consecutive times. For more information on St. Anthony's, call (727) 953-6993. About BayCare Health System BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org. SOURCE St. Anthony's Hospital