Kneading a need – proceeds from challah bake to support programs benefitting children with cancer – St. Louis Jewish Light

The third annual challah bake fundraiser for Spread Ari’s Light Foundation will take place both virtually and in person on Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 PM at the Jewish Community Center, 16801 Baxter Road in Chesterfield.

Eleven-year-old Arianna Dougan, better known as Ari, died in November 2017 of neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer that develops in nerve cells. She had been battling the disease since she was 3 years old.

This year a master of bread making from Companion Baker will lead the challah session. The participants each make two loaves of bread to take home and bake – one to keep and one to give away, and so on spreading Ari’s Light. Everyone who attends will also receive the Companion Chef’s expert instructions, a Spread Ari’s Light apron, a new challah baking dish, recipe/braid mat and more.

This is not a women-only event – men and boys are also invited to participate. There are sponsorship opportunities; the cost for a single challah baker is $50. Pre-registration is required at


Proceeds from the event will fund the Spread Ari’s Light Foundation’s efforts, including programs such as dance and exercise therapy for children battling cancer, as well as supporting the childhood cancer community.

Ari loved to dance – she danced to distract her from the constant pain she was in from her cancer treatments. Hopefully, the organizers say, this event will give many more children the joy and inspiration of exercise, and the distraction of dance and exercise therapy.

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