DETROIT (WWJ) – Love to cook?  Interested in supporting the fight against breast cancer? If so, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the leader of the global movement to end breast cancer, is ready to put you to work.

Invite your family, friends or colleagues for a dinner party, barbecue, office party, dessert sampling or any kind of get-together from July 15 through 24, 2011. Instead of wine, flowers or some other token of appreciation, ask guests to bring a donation in any amount for Komen for the Cure. The funds can be designated for either the organization’s national efforts or local breast cancer initiatives.

This nationwide event is part of Cook for the Cure, a decade-long partnership between Komen and KitchenAid that has raised over $8 million for the cause through the sale of pink cooking products, celebrity chef auctions and grass-roots initiatives.

While Cook for the Cure offers ways to support the cause year-round, the goal of this initiative is to enlist 1,000 cooks to host gatherings during these specific dates in July.

As for the host or hostess gift, KitchenAid has that covered. The host of any party registered at that raises more than $50 will receive a special Villeroy & Boch “Pass the Plate” serving platter as a thank you by mail upon receipt of your contributions.

Designed with charming artwork by PBS cooking show host Jacques Pepin, the platters were created for a greater purpose: to be “re-gifted” again and again, along with a homemade culinary creation from the giver. Each time the individually numbered plates are registered online and passed along to others, KitchenAid will make a $5 donation to Komen, ensuring that parties keep on giving long after grateful guests have gone home.

For more information and to sign up, visit


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