38th Annual Carr Center Cake Auction ad
Annual Carr Center Cake Auction event

Looking forward to what the new year brings!  Like Cakes!

 38th Annual Carr Center Cake Auction

Wednesday, April 24 & Thursday, April 25, 2024


Same great auction, new location....

we having moving back to the Colony Square Mall!!




Cake # 226
Thursday Apr 25 @ 11:00 AM Zanesville Community Theatre, Inc. Baker: Kennedy's Bakery Downtown Cambridge

Description of cake: 10-inch German sweet chocolate cake - with Zanesville Community Theatre's logo on top.


Description of the Incentive: One 2024 Summer Theater Day Camp registration for either a single student aged 5-18 ($125.00 value) or a family of siblings - aged 5-18 ($200.00 value)

Early history of the Carr Center Cake Auction

38 years ago, The Alfred Carr Center in Zanesville Ohio was looking for a fund raiser to help meet operating expenses.

They hit upon a “Bake Sale” where both businesses and individuals would bake cakes, offer incentives, and the local AM radio – WHIZ-AM would donate air time for an auction. People would call in bids or be at the broadcast site and bid on cakes. And a cake could be sold multiple times i.e. doubled or tripled. When that happened, the sponsoring seller increases the number of incentive packages as many times as the cake is sold. The first buyer gets the cake and incentives and the remaining buyers get the incentives.

Pretty soon, this “Bake Sale” grew like topsy – got bigger and bigger each year and went to two days with 400+ cakes. The Carr Center Cake Auction often raises $140,000 or more each year. It’s said it’s the biggest bake sale in the country if not the world!

It’s a really big deal and is just amazing. ZCT has been involved since the early 1990’s.