Pink pancakes raise money for breast cancer research
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.”
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.
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.