Pink pan­cakes raise money for breast can­cer re­search

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Early Fri­day morn­ing, Oct. 14, for­mer County Com­mis­sioner Paul Gun­ther of Paul Gun­ther Cater­ing pulled his new full-ser­vice ktichen trailer into the park­ing spaces in front of the his­toric Centreville court house for the 10th con­sec­u­tive year to cook pink pan­cakes to raise funds for breast can­cer re­search.

Oc­to­ber was Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month. Gun­ther be­came in­volved im the fundrais­ing ef­fort 10 years ago when his wife Gay was work­ing for the Queen Anne’s County Health Depart­ment and was in charge of events re­lated to can­cer aware­ness and early de­tec­tion screen­ings.

“She told me I was go­ing to help!” Gun­ther said with a laugh. “I’ve been in­volved ever since, even though Gay is now re­tired.”

He used to cook the pan­cakes from a sim­ple grid­dle out in the open along the side­walk, but in the past year was able to pur­chase a cus­tom made, full-ser­vice kitchen trailer, en­closed cook­ing wagon.

With the help of Centreville Town Coun­cil­man Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler and for­mer Or­phan’s Court Judge David Clark, Gun­ther cooked up the pink pan­cakes and served them with scrap­ple along with hot bev­er­ages, all for a do­na­tion to Pa­trons of Pink, the lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion rais­ing funds for breast can­cer re­search.

“Over the years, I es­ti­mate we’ve raised ap­prox­i­mately $8,000 for the cause,” Gun­ther said. “Some years raised more funds than oth­ers. I’ve al­ways been im­pressed with the lo­cal busi­nesses in town that dec­o­rate, ty­ing pink rib­bons around Centreville when we do this. The wa­ter­tower in town was es­pe­cially lit up at night with pink lights for the oc­ca­sion.”

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

From the left, Pa­trons in Pink par­tic­i­pants Dawn Lange and Centreville Mid­dle School stu­dents Sky­lar Gellert, 11, and Desi Gellert, 13, hold up pink pan­cakes they en­joyed dur­ing the 10th an­nual Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Pink Pan­cakes ben­e­fit along with event spon­sor Paul Gun­ther of Paul Gun­ther Cater­ing, Fri­day, Oct. 14, at 8 a.m., in down­town Centreville at Court House Square. Gun­ther, a for­mer county com­mis­sioner, has parit­ic­i­pated ev­ery year.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Pan­cakes made with love. This was one ex­am­ple of the pink heart-shaped pan­cakes served up by Paul Gun­ther Cater­ing, Fri­day morn­ing, Oct. 14, in down­town Centreville dur­ing the 10th an­nual ben­e­fit to help raise funds for find­ing a cure for breast can­cer.

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