Gingerbread House Decorating Contest Benefits Local Charity

DEDHAM (CBS) – Local chefs, celebrities, and their children lent their gingerbread house decorating skills to raise money for charity at the annual competition to benefit The Home For Little Wanderers.

The Showcase Cinema lobby at Legacy Place in Dedham was transformed into a gingerbread house village after more than a dozen teams put together colorful homes decked in tasty treats.

“The smell of chocolate and sweets, and the amount of frosting is just amazing,” said Heather MacFarlane, spokesperson for The Home For Little Wanderers, “There are Twizzlers lining roofs, lots of coconut, gummy bears, sugar trees.”

This year’s competitions raised about $30,000 for the home.

“All the money we raise goes back to help some of the state’s most vulnerable children,” said MacFarlane. “The kids who come to the home are going through some of the most challenging times of their lives.”

Burton’s Grill Hingham Chef Rob Wittenhagen and his eight year-old son, Robbie, won this year’s best gingerbread house. (Bernice Corpuz/WBZ)

Burton’s Grill Hingham Chef Rob Wittenhagen and his eight year-old son, Robbie, won this year’s best gingerbread house. (Bernice Corpuz/WBZ)

Burton’s Grill Hingham Chef Rob Wittenhagen and his eight year-old son, Robbie, won this year’s best gingerbread house.

“It is a competition that is for a great cause and the kids had fun with it,” said Chef Wittenhagen.

“It’s a movie theater and it has Minions all over it. We used Pez for the front of the movie theater and we used Life Savers, gum drops, and jelly beans,” Robbie described his masterpiece.

The gingerbread house was a job well done with ten pounds of candies. The home happily accepts donations throughout the holiday season.

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