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Remember how I bugged you about voting for the wonderful Gretchen Holt Witt in L’Oreal’s Women of Worth contest? The prize: $25,000 to her foundation, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Well, Christmas came early last Thursday night in New York City when it was announced that Gretchen won!

“It was an evening filled with many special moments and quite a few tears,” Gretchen says. “The only thing that would have made it better would have been having Liam there. He never met a party he didn't love and would have been completely in his element introducing himself to everyone who attended and hearing everyone's story.”

Even if you missed out on voting, there are still ways to help: Order cookies, the Best Bake Sale Cookbook, a Good Cookie spatula, or make a new year’s resolution to hold a bake sale in your community in 2012. The bottom line: Find a cause—any cause—that ignites your passion. And refuse to shut up about it. I’m not going to stop talking about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer until we’re all in a sugar-spiked haze. Until there’s a cure. Do it for the Gretchens and Liams in your life.

“Everyone who voted is officially a Good Cookie and part of the solution of impacting change. And I am so grateful and humbled by the support,” Gretchen says. “Together we are doing what Liam would want us to do—make it better for others.”