RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A Winston-Salem bakery says it helped a Raleigh high school raise $60,000 last year by opening pop-up shops.

In all, Dewey’s Bakery helped raise nearly $700,000 for more than 160 school groups, churches, and nonprofits across North Carolina with his 40 pop-up holiday bakeries.

That includes two at Athens Drive High School, organization spokeswoman Lucy Dunham said.

The $697,000 was the second highest amount raised through the pop-up bakery program in the 14 years since its launch.

“Among our many accomplishments in 2021, this one is particularly incredible,” said Scott Livengood, the company’s executive chairman. “Their tenacious dedication and tireless support of doing the right things for the right reasons has allowed our holiday pop-up store program to experience such tremendous growth during the pandemic and give back to the community. »

Groups that partner with the bakery to open their own pop-up stores benefit from training, store fittings, support and retail expertise. These partners earn a share of the sales in these stores.

The company says it has helped these groups raise a total of $4.3 million since 2008.