I grew up making and cracking cascarones in San Antonio, Texas. There the tradition dates back to the original Spanish settlers. As a child I used to watch my neighbor Mrs. Delgado make these colorful Cascarones for family parties and church festivals in the spring. I now live in Philadelphia and love to share the spontaneity of these wonderful eggs. For over 25 years I have bought eggs, donated the egg product, saved paper to shred for confetti, organized parties to teach the skills of cascarone making, taught school kids and persuaded my fellow artists to make fine art eggs.
To bring art and self-expression to young people who are frequently reluctant to talk about their own experiences with the disease.I personally experienced the taboo around my uncle who passed away from AIDS as well as friends in Philadelphia. Respect and unconditional love for the HIV community has always been a big part of it for me. What better way than a cascarone potluck party to promote art and conversation on the topic? We have been creating and selling hand painted cascarones since 1992 to assist families affected by HIV/AIDS. We have donated all of the proceeds not only to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, but also The Circle of Care, All Walks of Life and the STARR program at Episcopal Community Services. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to our fundraiser. To donate to our fund please visit: https://www.philafound.org/Donors/StartGiving/WhatCanIDoThroughAFund/CascaronesPorLaVidaFund.aspx