Set the ta­ble! 300 are com­ing for din­ner!

Rappahannock News - - Comment - By Jed Du­vall Spe­cial to the Rap­pa­han­nock News

It was a spe­cial evening Tues­day at Camp Fan­tas­tic in Front Royal, where in the words of NIH Dr. Fran­cis Collins chil­dren who are un­der­go­ing treat­ment for can­cer get to “spend the week around the camp­fire feel­ing like reg­u­lar kids again.”

And if any­body needs to eat a good meal it’s these wor­thy kids, which means they rely on vol­un­teers from through­out the region, Rap­pa­han­nock County in­cluded, to roll up their sleeves and don their aprons.

A meal for 110 kids who are sick with can­cer, along with 100 of their best bud­dies, doc­tors and at­ten­dants. For more than 30 years this tremen­dous week has been ar­ranged by the or­ga­ni­za­tion Spe­cial Love. A man named Dave Smith runs this and sim­i­lar camps all over Amer­ica.

For Tues­day’s din­ner, pre­pared by Rap­pa­han­nock’s finest, Karen and Yogi Bear picked up the piz­zas. Kay Kohler brought the quiches. Richard Antony, Gor­don Ax­el­son, Joel Daczewitz, Jim Man­war­ing, Bill Nen­ninger, Bill Pragluski, Bob Met­calf, Buck Payne, and Rudy See­gar made salad.

Scott Wells and Jim Blubaugh drove all over the county pick­ing up chicken, ears of corn, and fix­ins for hoa­gies. Help­ing set up the din­ing room were Frank Raiter, Bob Met­calf, Larry Grove, Mary Gra­ham, Kit John­ston, Den­nis Kelly, Cindy Williams and Buck Payne.

Larry “Bud” Meyer re­ported in, donned plas­tic gloves, and got ready to join the serv­ing line, fea­tur­ing those who call them­selves “the Sper­ryville crew” — Mike Leake, Richie Burke, and Greg Williams (if the Lions Club had a foot­ball team, this would be the cen­ter of the line).

Ninety hoa­gies were con­structed and cut twice each to cre­ate 270 sand­wiches, ac­com­plished by San­dra Antony, Gary Giebel, Judy DeSarno, Kathy Grove, Bob Hur­ley, Mary Gra­ham, Kit John­ston, Nancy Studds and Carolyn Man­war­ing. Eleven dozen ears of corn were shucked and halved and cooked!

Jan Makela, as­sisted by Michelle Woodard and Rose Shaf­fer, pre­pared and de­liv­ered five huge pans of mac and cheese. Jan also brought ten cases of wa­ter. Twenty-nine ta­bles were dec­o­rated with ex­tra­or­di­nary fresh flow­ers, ar­ranged by Donna Brune and Ann Daniels, who had help from Carolyn Em­er­ick.

When Den­nis Kelly arrived to join the happy may­hem he was asked about his job. He looked around and said “find a need and fill it,” and off he went.

San­dra Jenk­ins, Al­ice But­ler and Carol Pat­ton made 300 cook­ies and picked up 120 cup­cakes (peanut free, mind you). Also bak­ing cook­ies: Sally Fet­ter and Car­roll Beard. These ladies are from So­journ­ers for Christ at Washington Bap­tist Church.

Kathy Gan­gel stirred 15 gal­lons of lemon­ade and iced tea, and Ross O’Dono­hue wielded a mop — get­ting good prac­tice for the cleanup af­ter­ward with Dave Shiff. Ian Blubaugh, son of Jim, found work in the salad mix. Anne Grenade came along and was im­me­di­ately put to work.

Four Rap­pa­han­nock sher­iff’s deputies vol­un­teered to whip up cot­ton candy and make snow cones: Roger Jenk­ins, Jim Jones, Cody Dod­son and Rob­bie Fin­cham, whose wife Michele also helped out. Nearby, Jus­tine Jones, daugh­ter of Deputy Jim, joined Char­lotte Turn­meyer in of­fer­ing face paint­ing. Marie Davis and Beverly Atkins are two of the orig­i­nal com­mit­tee mem­bers who put “Rap­pa­han­nock night” to­gether.

Out­side the din­ing hall were large col­or­ful goody bags, assem­bled by the 10-year-old twins of Linda Bald­win, who is one of the 4H of­fi­cials in charge of what is a truly re­mark­able evening for some amaz­ing chil­dren who don’t have it as good as the rest of us.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.