2018 Cookin’ Men Event Raises Funds For The Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health

October 19, 2018


Evangelical Community Hospital held its annual breast cancer awareness event, Cookin’ Men, on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg, Pa. The event brings together local celebrity men who create culinary delights for people to enjoy while raising funds to support the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health. 

The event was a huge success, with a crowd of 450 attendees and volunteers coming out to taste the 25 different delicious creations of this year’s 23 celebrity male chefs/chef teams. Tickets for the popular event sold-out in just two days.

In total, the event raised over $45,000 for the Center for Breast Health with donations still being accepted through Friday, October 26, 2018, at www.evanhospital.com/cookinmen. The Center for Breast Health offers state-of-the-art screenings, navigation services for those diagnosed with breast cancer, and survivorship programming. 

Pushing the fundraising over the top this year was the competitive drive toward being named Top Chef, which awarded the winner the coveted Pink Whisk Award and the premiere cooking station at the event. The contest, which challenged each chef to individually garner the most donations for the Center for Breast Health, ended at 5 pm the day before the event.

Declared Top Chef was Eric John, Ritz Craft Corporation, who raised $1,525 by the deadline. John served the crowd Rusty Rail sheet cake – a cake covered with icing that was infused with Rusty Rail Wolf King beer.

Other top fundraisers included Chris Fanning and Jaewon Ryu, MD, Geisinger; Ryan McNally and Kira Hoy, Evangelical Community Hospital and Ard’s Farm Market; Timm Moyer and Ric Jones, MoJo Active, Inc.; and Shaun Smith, Albright Care Services; who all exceeded their goal of raising at least $1,000 individually.

“We are so grateful for events like these that support the services at the Center for Breast Health,” said Andrea Bertram, Operational Director of Women’s Health and Cancer Services. “It is through the services of the Center for Breast Health that we are able to help diagnose women and men with breast cancer early enough to save lives and to walk with them through their journey of survivorship.”

This year’s event presented dishes ranging from appetizers, to entrees, to desserts and was generously sponsored by Weis Markets; Geisinger; Baker Tilly; CallisonRTKL; Prudential; VNA Health System; and Remmey -The Pallet Company.

Attendees also voted for their favorite dish by sampling all of the options and casting their vote. Shaun Smith of Albright Care Services, won favorite dish with his offering of The RiverWoods Slider. Another award was given to the chef or chef team who were deemed the most festive with table decorations representing pink enthusiasm through their use of flair. Ken Jusko, DO, Quantum Imaging & Therapeutic Associates, Inc., was given the honor for serving his mudslide ice cream sandwiches at a fully transformed station backlit by pink lights, decorative pink puffs, and pink lit pumpkin with a ribbon cutout.

The Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health at Evangelical has a dedicated team of specialists who provide comprehensive care including screenings, diagnosis, and treatment for women. The care doesn’t stop there, after diagnosis the Center offers survivors support through clinics, programs, and one-on-one attention with professionals trained to understand the psychological, physical, emotional, and social effects of a cancer diagnosis. For more information about the Center for Breast Health and the services available, call 570-522-4200.

Photos of the event are available on Evangelical’s Facebook page and also at www.evanhospital.com.

 

PHOTOS:
Photo 1 - Celebrity chef Eric John, Ritz Craft Coporation of PA (pictured with wife, Karen), was awarded the “pink whisk” award and the premiere cooking station at Evangelical’s Cookin’ Men event for raising $1,525 through individual sponsorships to support The Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health.

Photo 2 - Shaun Smith of Albright Care Services (fifth from left), pictured with team, Marlin Nace, Doug Flasher, Nate Knauer, Nea Brown, Brian Huff, Dave Manton, and John McDonough, was given the honor of favorite dish as voted on by the participants who enjoyed the evening. His dish of The RiverWoods Slider won the crowd over.

Photo 3 - Kenneth Jusko, DO, Quantum Imaging & Therapeutic Associates and Evangelical Community Hospital, pictured with his wife, Corey, was given the honor of best use of pink flair at their serving station for their creative use of light, decorations, and background.

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