A bake sale to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine will be held Saturday, April 3 at Maritime Farms in Rockport from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or earlier if all the items sell out.

The Playroom (on Route 90 in Warren) will be sending the Easter Bunny for children to meet, and Kari J. Cross Photography will be taking pictures of any child that would like to get his or her picture taken with the Easter Bunny for a small donation (proceeds all going to Make-A-Wish).

There will of course be many baked goods, but the sale will also include pre-made Easter baskets, eggs for children to decorate with stickers and glitter, and a wonderful raffle.

The companies donating to the raffle so far are All Aboard Trolley & Limousine Co. with a two-hour limo rental (subject to availability), reflexologist Denise Johnson with a session to help improve circulation and reduce body stress, Betsy Fairfield of StarLight Massage with two one-hour full body massage sessions with hot stones incorporated, Ryan J. Moore Photography with one photo session, Thomaston Grocery with a $25 gift certificate, Tim McCabe of ACE Hardware in Kittery with a basket full of spring planting necessities and Waterworks Restaurant with a $25 gift certificate.

Tickets will be sold for $1 each or six for $5. Tickets will be sold for each item being raffled, so people can enter for just one or all of the items. The event will be held rain or shine.

“I am personally getting involved with Make-A-Wish because of so many reasons,” said bake sale organizer Kari Cross. “Of course it’s a great cause and it feels so good to know that I am helping a special Maine child. I love that we are raising money and it will stay within Maine! I also love children, event planning and baking, so it was perfect! I definitely would not have been able to put it all together without the help of the dozens of volunteers that will be helping that day. They are local businesses donating supplies, services and time all the way to individuals baking up the goodies!”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation began April 29, 1980, when officers of the Arizona Department of Public Safety granted the wish of 7-year-old Chris, who was living with leukemia, to be a police officer for a short time. The power of that wish in his life provided the inspiration for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Today, there are 75 chapters across the United States, and 27 international affiliates. The Maine Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation opened in 1992. Founded by Wayne and Caroline Morong in Camden, the Maine chapter has grown to serve children in each of Maine’s 16 counties. As of May 2008, they have granted nearly 800 wishes. This year, the foundation expects to grant the greatest wish of over 75 seriously ill Maine children, which is an average of one wish every five days.

The average cost of a wish is $6,000. All wish expenses are fully covered, including travel and spending money. The objective is to provide the child and family with a worry-free experience. Make-A-Wish offices are located at 87 Elm St. in Camden and 477 Congress St., First Floor, Suite 7W, in Portland.