Gingerbread parties in PV net more than $3,000 for summer scholarships

Amelie and Isabelle Wong of Prairie Village set to work decorating their houses at Brighton Gardens Sunday.
Amelie and Isabelle Wong of Prairie Village set to work decorating their houses at Brighton Gardens Sunday.

A few dozen youngsters and their families will be having a good time this summer as a result of the good time their Prairie Village neighbors had on a Sunday in winter.

More than 150 people participated in the two sessions of the Prairie Village Foundation’s annual Gingerbread House Parties at Brighton Gardens yesterday, decorating 75 real gingerbread houses with colorful gumdrops, M&Ms and other candies.

Mely Ballard of Mely’s Yogurt & Ice Cream at Corinth Square again baked and assembled the gingerbread houses from scratch — four more this year than last.

The more than $3,150 in proceeds from this year’s event will help underwrite the costs of summer activity scholarships for Prairie Village residents who couldn’t afford them otherwise. In 2015, the foundation was able to award more than $1,500 in pool scholarships to all 36 eligible recipients who applied.

Mely Ballard (right) bakes the gingerbread for the houses at her store in Corinth Square.
Mely Ballard (right) bakes the gingerbread for the houses at her store in Corinth Square.