Mamaroneck High School senior Max Robinson was honored with Larchmont Rotary's annual Blum Award for his involvement with Cakes for Communities, which provides birthday cakes and desserts for local children and families in Mamaroneck and surrounding communities. A celebratory luncheon was held at the Larchmont Yacht Club on October 13, 2023.  The Blum Award recognizes MHS students for their initiative, leadership and creative pursuit of making a difference in their local community and beyond.
Club President Lester Nathan and Treasurer Marion Anderson welcomed club members and guests.  Marian White, Club Rotary Foundation Chair, followed with the story behind the Blum Award and then introduced Max Robinson.
State Assyman Steve Otis, Max Robinson & County Exec George Latimer
Cakes for Communities was founded in 2020 by Max "with a vision to enhance the birthdays and celebratory events of individuals within our community. Its mission is to spread joy and create lasting memories by providing delectable cakes and desserts." The group now numbers 125 members. To date, it has donated over 600 individual cakes and over 6000 desserts and has expanded into other schools and communities.  In addition to donating desserts to deserving families, it also offers them for sale.  Profits are directly used to bake the donated cakes.  The website is:
Many of the cakes are baked in the Robinson home, with creative inspiration from Max's mother, Brooke. As the high school is building a new culinary center, Cakes for Communities hopes it will be able to use the facility in the near future to help satisfy the demand.
Besides the dessert business, Max's group has been helping new local immigrants adapt to their new community.  They've also donated food to local migrant workers and they've worked with the United Community Center of Westchester in New Rochelle.
Faculty advisor Kristen Barnard, in charge of overseeing MHS clubs, followed Max by with glowing remarks in praise of Max and the group's work.
In addition to his Blum Award, Max received a citation from State Assemblyman Steve Otis and will have a day named in his honor by Westchester County.
Faculty Advisor Kristen Barnard and Blum Award winner Max Robinson