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Cake Spy to host a bake sale to benefit Cafe Racer victims fund

Bring your baked goods to Cake Spy between noon and 1pm Saturday, July 14th


Cake Spy, the awesome and lovable shop and gallery space at 415 E. Pine Street, is hosting a bake sale Saturday, with proceeds to go to the victims of the Cafe Racer tragedy.

If you have items of baked deliciousness to drop off, you can do so between noon and 1pm on Saturday. Haul out that cherry pie recipe from last week’s High 5 Pies competition or your Oddfellows Whoopie Pie bake-off! The Cake Spy bake sale shall commence at 1:30pm 7/14 until all items are sold. Please include a label with your name & the name of your delightful creation.

The event is the mastermind of Capitol Hill resident Josh Black. Josh has been the instigator of a number of fundraisers for Cafe Racer, and is also having another fundraising event Thursday evening at Rebar, called 3-2-1 Battle. If you like wrestling, mayhem and chaos, stop by the Rebar 7/12 at 9pm.

Josh, who lives near Broadway between E. John and Bellevue Ave. E., is an event promoter, wrestler, clown, performance artist and rapper. He became a fan of Circus Contraption in the early 90’s and toyed with the idea of clowning. He met two of the Circus Contraption performers, Drew Keriakedes and Joe Albanese, and was immediately a fan of their music and stage performance. Like everyone in the community, he was devastated by their deaths and has rose to occasion by having a number of fundraisers at the Rebar, the Neptune and now at Cake Spy.

The Cafe Racer tragedy affected many in the community, myself no exception. My husband and I live on Capitol Hill and we own the Official Bad Art Museum of Art (OBAMA) at Cafe Racer. We were stunned by what transpired, here and on First Hill, the revelations that the gunman, who was known by his friends and family to be mentally ill, was still able to buy guns legally. By attending the Town Hall meeting with Mayor McGinn last month, we learned that Washington State law does not restrict gun ownership for the mentally ill if they have not been in a mental hospital for at least 14 days. Washington has weak gun laws that help feed the illegal gun market, allow the sale of guns without background checks and allows the sale of military-style assault weapons.

I consider what has happened lately in our beautiful neighborhoods, a call to arms for the unarmed. If you’d like to learn more about preventing and stopping further gun violence, a good organization that is already working locally is Washington CeaseFire. I urge you to visit the website to see what we can all do to try to curb and stop this stupid and senseless gun-fueled violence.

In happier times, the Official Bad Art Museum of Art and Cafe Racer was named one of Seattle’s most odd and unusual places by Atlas Obscura. OBAMA and Cafe Racer celebrated the day by having a Atlas Obscura Celebration at the Cafe on National Atlas Obscura Day on April 28th, 2012. It was a 6-hour celebration, with all of the victims and their friends. Here’s a video of the day, condensed to a short 3-minutes:

To donate to the victims of Cafe Racer, to help the survivors and to help rebuild the beautiful home that was Cafe Racer, please visit Cafe Racer Love or donate at Chip In to Cafe Racer. 

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