UNION, NJ – A cupcake war broke out at Battle Hill Elementary School on Tuesday with hundreds of the tiny spring-themed cakes sought after by students and staff alike.

“Every teacher in the school baked cupcakes,” said Ingrid Soares, school counselor and one of the event organizers.  Each cupcake cost $2, which included one vote for favorite cupcake.  Additional voting slips could be purchased for $1.  The cupcakes were sold during lunch periods.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Team Campbell Foundation in honor of Campbell Hoyt and her family. “The foundation has set a goal to raise $11,000,” said Soares.  “We here at Battle Hill wanted to participate in a way that would bring our entire Battle Hill community together, so we decided on having ‘cupcake wars’.”

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According to Soares, the cupcake battle raised $1,234.  ANS Recovery, a towing company in Irvington owned by a Battle Hill parent, then matched the funds raised and donated $1,200. 

With the most votes, the rainbow cupcake, donated by Alex Aiello, second grade special education teacher, was a clear favorite and winner of Battle Hill’s cupcake battle.

The Team Campbell Foundation was formed in late 2014 in memory of Campbell Hoyt, who battled Anaplastic Ependymoma, a rare cancer of the brain and spine, for 5 years before passing away in August of 2014 at the age of 8.  The mission of the foundation is to improve the lives of families facing a childhood cancer diagnosis through raising awareness, funding research and providing psycho-social enrichment opportunities.   More information can be found at:  http://www.teamcampbellfoundation.org/