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The 12th Annual Gingerbread Benefit | Triangle Family Services

The 12th Annual Gingerbread Benefit

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12th Annual Gingerbread Benefit for Triangle Family Services

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Honorary Chair, Ed Paradise of Cisco

Join us for the 12th Anniversary of this Raleigh holiday tradition!
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Three unique events will allow you and your entire family to experience the festivities.

Gingerbread House Sneak Preview

“Home Sweet Home”
The Umstead Hotel Ball Room
11:30 am -1:30 pm

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Chef Colin Bedford, Fearrington House

This holiday season, Triangle Family Services adds an extra special meaning to “Home Sweet Home”. It is family, where we spend most of our lives, and of course, the roof above our heads.

Your $25 “Home Sweet Home” donation will go directly towards helping a family in need stay in their home.

Triangle Family Services would like to say “thank you” with an invitation to the 12th annual Gingerbread House Sneak Preview event at The Umstead Hotel in Cary Sunday, December 7th. Be the first to get a peek at the 12th anniversary Gingerbread Houses, designed by the Triangle’s finest chefs and bakers, enjoy festive holiday music and special performances, and vote for your favorite house.

This holiday season, for just $25, we’ll show you our “Home Sweet Homes” while you help a family stay in theirs.

Tickets are $25 per guest. Please contact Charrise Hart at for group ticket pricing.

Christmas ornament designed after 2013 Media Judges Winner, Iriene W. of Artylicious Cakes


Purchase an ornament, keep a family safely housed

This year, Triangle Family Services is selling one of a kind Christmas Ornaments for just $20 (additional $3 for shipping), designed after last year’s winning chef, Iriene W. of Artylicious Cakes. Click here to purchase an ornament and help keep a family in their home this holiday season.



Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop and Tea
The Umstead Hotel Ball Room
2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop & Tea is Sold Out. You may still purchase tickets to the Gingerbread House Sneak Preview to view all of the wonderful holiday Gingerbread House Creations from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm on December 7th. 



Children enjoy story time with Santa after taking their holiday pictures.

You and your family will create unforgettable holiday memories as you:

  • Take a special holiday photo with Santa
  • Decorate and take home a gingerbread house in Santa’s Workshop
  • Enjoy hot chocolate and delicious treats
  • Sit with Santa and listen to a story

Little helpers building gingerbread houses in Santa’s Workshop

Children are greeted by Santa’s helpers while each receiving an individual picture with Santa.  As Santa shares traditional Holiday stories, children can decorate their own gingerbread houses inspired by one of a kind handcrafted gingerbread houses on display from the Triangle’s top pastry chefs. This event also features specialty treats and drinks designed for children and adults.

Tickets are $55 per child and $55 per adult/ $195 for a family of four


Special appearance from Princess Elsa and Princess Anna from Disney’s “Frozen”, courtesy of Fairytale Dreamer!

(Photos taken at the event may be used by TFS in our advertising and promotion items.)

Evening Gingerbread Benefit (Adults only)
The Umstead Hotel Ball Room
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

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Avoid lines at the evening event by pre-registering for our Online Auction and start bidding today!

When you bid, our community thrives!
Click here to get an in-depth sneak peek at our  exclusive Live Auction Items!

  • View exquisite gingerbread houses made by top local chefs
  • Bid on an extensive list of live and silent auction items including beautiful jewelry, exciting travel and getaways, gourmet dining and fantastic sports items
  • Enjoy holiday music, beer and wine, along with savory and dessert delicacies prepared by The Umstead’s top chefs

View our Evening Benefit Photos from last year.

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Tickets are $125 per guest

Triangle Family Services would like to thank all of our generous sponsors! 100% of donations and sponsorship to the Gingerbread Benefit support the direct programs and services to help families in crisis across in our community. Find out how you can become a sponsor.

If you would like to receive an e-invitation or learn more about the event, please contact Charrise Hart at 919-821-0790 x 338 or email